Women's ready-to-wear unveiled in Paris

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Around 100 designers will unveil their autumn-winter collections at the Paris women's ready-to-wear shows beginning Sunday, that see the return of several couturiers, notably Martine Sitbon of France and American Jeremy Scott.

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - Around 100 designers will unveil their autumn-winter collections at the Paris women's ready-to-wear shows beginning Sunday, that see the return of several couturiers, notably Martine Sitbon of France and American Jeremy Scott.

Martine Sitbon, who launched an eponymous label in 1985 but was forced to close down in 2004, returns with a new label, Rue du Mail, named after the street in Paris' second arrondissement, or district, where she is housed. The former designer for Chloe staged her last catwalk show three years ago.

As for Jeremy Scott, he is making a comeback to Paris after deserting the French capital for Los Angeles and New York following his return to his homeland in 2001.

The once Paris-based US designer's first show in 1997 caused a stir when he unveiled one-legged pants and multi-function T-shirts. Last summer he designed a line of luggage for France's up-market Longchamp.

Since moving to Los Angeles, the couturier, whose designs play on provocation and humour, has worked with the likes of Björk, Madonna and Kylie Minogue both for their shows and video clips.

China, which joined Paris fashion week last October via the house of Jefen, this season presents Wu Yong, a ready-to-wear line designed by Ma Ke, who also designs a domestic line produced by the Mixmind group.

Vanessa Bruno, who created the popular sequinned shopping bag (one is said to be sold every half-hour worldwide) and who usually unveils her designs by appointment only, is marking the 10th anniversary of her label by joining the rest of the ready-to-wear world on the catwalk.

One of the shows the fashion empire is holding its breath for is Olivier Teyskens' first collection for Nina Ricci since taking over as designer last September. The former designer for Rochas left for Ricci after owners Procter & Gamble put a stop to the luxury ready-to-wear and accessories lines at Rochas.

Issey Miyake's new designer Dai Fujiwara will also be showing his first women's ready-to-wear collection, as well as a part of the men's line, as the house failed to take part in the men's shows last January.

Another new face on the fashion block next week will be the daughter of billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed, Jasmine Di Milo, whose previous lines were unveiled on the sidelines of the official calendar.

Spanish designer Jose Castro, who has worked with Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, along with France's Robert Normand, formerly with Lanvin, Lacoste and Emilio Pucci, are also making maiden appearances in Paris.

Absent from the eight-day fashion extravanganza will be Jean-Louis Scherrer, whose line was designed by the house team rather than by designer Stephane Rolland who nowadays is working solely on haute couture, the house said.

"A designer for the ready-to-wear line will join very soon" with the aim of presenting a collection for the next season, the fashion house said.

Copyright AFP

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