The Paris Haute Couture shows are underway, and Versace kicked things off on Sunday night with a new collection of "athletic couture". French house Dior put on a speedy and spirited show, even though the label has not replaced its last director, Raf Simons.
Versace's luxury collection was inspired by athletic chic. Models sported the label's typical figure-hugging designs - namely a range of evening gowns - slashed at the thigh, draped at the back, or cut along the body and tied with Swarovski crystals.
The show began with a palette of white -- bomber jackets, and trouser or skirt combinations, as well as short dresses -- decorated with fluorescent yellow or orange straps.
The palette then turned to electric blue, orange and black.
Versace continued the cut-and-tied-together look on tuxedos, baring arms and sides.
The looks were accessorised with sandals with straps knotted at the ankle, some of them sparkling.
Dior's 52 outfits in fast-paced presentation
For its first show since designer Raf Simons announced his departure, Dior began with shoulder-baring designs and progressed to outfits made of contrasting cuts and textures, rich in embroidery.
Dior's trademark bar jacket was given a masculine look, while coat versions showed off shoulders.
Presenting a total of 52 outfits, models were walking unusually fast on the catwalk, mirroring the life of the modern Parisienne.
The Spring-Summer 2016 collection was put together by the brand's in-house team, Swiss designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier.
The maison has yet to announce a successor to Simons, who left after some three years to develop his own label, and Toledano offered no hint of who it may be.
"Dior is a permanently moving house; it's probably because of Mister Dior and the destiny of this house. There has never been a standstill, it's a permanently moving train and from one designer to the other, we can even see some acceleration. So I am pretty confident about the future, and we will see how choices are made, but always as in a moving train," Toledano said.
Paris is showcasing some of the world's priciest womenswear at the Haute Couture fashion shows this week, ultimately targeting the world's wealthiest women.
- Editor:Justine | Source: Agencies
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