Paris fashion week wraps 2005 style marathon

4th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 3 (AFP) - After making stops in New York, London and Milan, fashion editors and buyers will flock to Paris this week for the final round of spring-summer 2005 ready-to-wear shows from the industry's brightest stars.

PARIS, Oct 3 (AFP) - After making stops in New York, London and Milan, fashion editors and buyers will flock to Paris this week for the final round of spring-summer 2005 ready-to-wear shows from the industry's brightest stars.  

More than 1,500 journalists and nearly as many store buyers are expected in the French capital from Monday, when the world's elite designers will launch an eight-day style endurance contest of about 100 catwalk shows.  

Ready-to-wear week in Paris is a veritable United Nations of fashion, with Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and the United States just some of the countries represented.  

The usual heavy-hitters like John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen are gearing up to unveil their latest summer frocks.  

A few new faces will join the pack: Italy's Stefano Pilati will try to break fashionistas of their Tom Ford habit with his womenswear debut at Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, which comes on the heels of a promising menswear effort.  

Pilati's YSL debut is slated for the evening of October 10, at the end of a jam-packed day that will also feature collections from Valentino, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and Olivier Theyskens at Rochas.  

At Celine, another Italian, 38-year-old Roberto Menichetti, will try to fill the sizeable shoes of the New York-based Michael Kors, who bade farewell to the French house in March so that he could focus on his own label.  

Menichetti first wowed the fashion crowd in 1998 when he joined the classic British house Burberry, revitalizing its iconic plaids and revamping the brand's much-coveted accessories line.  

At Guy Laroche, Herve Leroux will try to bring a bit of stability and excitement to the label, recently acquired by Hong Kong-based textiles group YGM Trading Limited. Leroux will debut on October 10, before the YSL show.  

Beyond the buzz generated by the maiden efforts, the fashion crowd will be closely watching two other shows: the second collections from Gaultier at Hermes and Italy's Antonio Marras at Kenzo.  

Belgium's Dries van Noten, perhaps the most successful member of the so-called "Antwerp Six" known for his poetic romanticism, will fete his 50th collection with a catwalk dinner on October 6.  

The venerable French fashion house Givenchy, still looking for a designer following Julien Macdonald's departure in March, will unveil a spring-summer 2005 collection conjured up by its studio team in a showroom presentation.  

Macdonald was the third British designer to serve as artistic director at Givenchy after Galliano and McQueen. Industry insiders say there are four people under consideration for the post.  

One of the contenders is said to be Greek-born British designer Sophia Kokosalaki. Fresh off her success as costume designer for the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games, she has forsaken London to strut her stuff in Paris.  

Also reportedly up for the Givenchy job are Roland Mouret, Zac Posen and Isaac Mizrahi.  

Absent from the Paris runways will be Torrente, which recently parted ways with young French designer Julien Fournie, and Martine Sitbon.

 

© AFP

 

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