Grey skies don't deter Rihanna at Paris fashion week
By Alexandria Sage
PARIS (Reuters) - Rainy skies did not deter the fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris - with singer Rihanna this season's front-row "It" girl - as the Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm the iciest of hearts.
As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his "flower woman" on Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits with white laces up the sides.
That boudoir feel was nowhere to be seen, however, in the billowing quilted nylon dresses and skirts that ended the show - unless Simons was envisioning a high-fashion sleeping bag.
Still, the audacious fabric and colour combinations, such as emerald green and fuchsia, kept fans of the house of Dior buzzing, and Rihanna, who sipped champagne from the front row at Lanvin the night before, slipped backstage to schmooze with Simons.
Designer ready-to-wear, or pret-a-porter in French, is an 85-billion-euro ($116 billion) global business, according to Euromonitor, and the fashion week that runs from Tuesday through to March 3 is a major advertising weapon for brands.
Rihanna, one of many celebrities including model Miranda Kerr and actress Jessica Alba who cropped up this week, did not let the weather get her down. At a Lanvin after-party, the "Umbrella" pop star showed up in a see-through fishnet top, while at Dior, black-gartered stockings peeked out underneath a red coat.
CABLE-KNITS WITH BARED FLESH
Despite Rihanna's opting for bared flesh, a cold-weather outdoor vibe seemed to infuse the week's presentations, with Gisele Bundchen closing the Balenciaga show with a top that was part grey wool ski sweater and part black satin blouse. Continued...