"We've seen enough of 15-year-old Russian girls," sighed Karl Lagerfeld after his Chanel show in Paris, one of a string to make space this week for older ex-models, plus-sizes or street-casted unknowns.
Razor-sharp tailoring versus playful big bows, sturdy fabrics versus ultra-fine silks: designer Stefano Pilati walked a line between stern and sexy with his summer look for Yves Saint Laurent on Monday.
Yves Saint Laurent took no risks with a collection that seemed to come straight out of a recent exhibition on its founder, but with a 2010 touch, allowing it to ride the wave of nostalgia for the late designer.
Black capes over leopard-skin, zippers and belts slung around the thighs, Givenchy struck a dark, sensuous note in Paris Sunday with a summer look that seemed plucked from Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut.
Starched, rumpled, puffed-up or stretched down to the ankles: that most masculine of staples, a plain shirt, was the launchpad for the playful summer look unveiled Saturday by design duo Viktor and Rolf.
Pop star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler took up front-row seats Friday as France's Roland Mouret, whose sensual evening wear is a hit in American socialite circles, unveiled his look for next summer.