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Dior and Saint Laurent kick off Paris Fashion Week

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Paris Fashion Week played trump cards at the very beginning – on Tuesday Dior and Saint Laurent fashion houses presented their collections.

Starting immediately after Milan Fashion Week, where on Sunday the Giorgio Armani show was held in an empty room due to the coronavirus epidemic, fashion houses felt an outflow of customers from China on a catwalk in the French capital, the Reuters video service reports.

The Dior collection was shown in a pavilion built for the occasion in the Tuileries Gardens in front of the Louvre Museum.

The fashion house has turned back the clock – Dior creative designer Maria Grazia Curie plunged into the memories of her childhood and youth in the 1970s in Italy. In an interview with Reuters, she said she continued to explore feminist motifs in the new collection.

“I return to the time when I was younger and lived in Rome, I was 17-18 years old. Why? Because it was an important moment in my life, and the test for the women of Italy is the time of liberation, the beginning of the feminist movement, ”said Curie.

She was inspired by the seventies activist Carla Lonzi and Mark Boan, who was creative director of Dior for 30 years.

For images, the designer used polka dot prints, shoulder bags and transparent shirts. Models with headscarves on their heads showed flowing blouses and fringed dresses. A variety of checkered prints were present in the outfits. Above the catwalk, the LED “Consent” and “Women’s love is unpaid work” burned.

Actresses Demi Moore and Andie MacDowell watched the show in the front row.

On the same day, near the Eiffel Tower in the Trocadero district, Saint Laurent showed its collection. Designer Anthony Vaccarello boldly and skillfully mixed styles for new looks: classic tweed jackets and outrageous costumes. Models passed through the black space, penetrated by circles of light from the spotlights.

Above the waist, they were dressed rather modestly: in blouses with bows and jackets. All this was combined with latex trousers of different colors, skirts and boots made of PVC.

Paris Fashion Week, which opened on Monday, to a lesser extent than its predecessor in Milan, but still felt the outflow of customers from Asia. This was confirmed by the founder of The Business of Fashion magazine Imran Amed.

“The Chinese fashion community has become an incredibly important part of our industry, so its absence here at Fashion Week is felt by everyone,” he said.

Six brands from China and Taiwan canceled their shows in the French capital. In addition to the closure of many stores in Chinese cities, deliveries suffered due to disruption of transport networks.

Last week, Italian fashion house Armani presented a collection in an empty room.

The virus has already infected about 80,000 people and claimed more than 2,700 lives, the vast majority in China.

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