LUX Look: Exotic
A sense of escapism was ever-present on the Paris runways this March. Designers took treks to faraway places, pulling inspiration from Asian, African and Arctic cultures. These looks, unfamiliar to the typical runway show, proved to be unusually striking. Whether you were mesmerized by Jean Paul Gaultier’s indigenous head coverings or Chanel’s knee-high mukluks, onlookers said “Bon Voyage” to drab coldweather wear!
Jean Paul Gaultier
From Mexica blankets to Russian inspired prints, Gaultier challenged the fashion order by confronting the ever-changing west with the historical, deep-rooted styles of the east. Amidst the neon backdrop and over-the-top ensembles, it may have been difficult to pay attention but the message was clear that when it comes to fashion, there is no epicenter.
Animal prints, South American sheepherders and hunting gear had a definite influence on the renowned suit maker’s fall line. Wolfgang Joop put a sexy spin on sherpa wear, incorporating sheer fabric, bright color and lots of leg. A few looks, including this one, chose a safari ride over the mountain hike.
The audience reveled at the fact that the Parisian powerhouse was able to transport an actual glacier from northern Europe. Coco was never one to follow the status quo and Karl Lagerfeld translated her cause with this avant-garde take on a traditional runway. As icecaps melted, models made their way across the arctic stage in head-to-toe fur. PETA would usually have their claws out by now, but Lagerfeld had his bases covered. All the fur was faux.