Many also think that the first day of the Parisian shows can be a little slow as the larger fashion houses choose to showcase their collections later in the week. But this season the critics couldn't be more wrong, with an array of international designers giving us collections that will surely lead the way in the trend race over the next few days.
Anthony Vaccarello took us into the future with his collection. Iridescent, petrol-like colours and fabrics were fused together to create a work of magic. Blues, greens, purples and gold shone from the slouchy tuxedo suits and relaxed culottes. The white accents in the belts and shoes added a lightness that was perfect for the spring and summer season.
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The initial looks were simpler, but the exquisite tailoring produced by Vaccarello and the brilliant modernist take on a monochromatic palette enthralled the crowds. This was yet another season that cemented Vaccarello's status as a Paris Fashion Week great.
Alongside his contemporary collection was Cedric Charlier, master of all things oddly feminine yet modern. From bold printed dresses accented with black ribbon stripes to the simplest of white suits, this collection packed a real punch. The most startling and beautifully original piece was his combination of loose palazzo trousers and a peplum top, both in bright and hot shades of orange.
The hair and makeup was the real focal point of the show, with the models sporting orange and blue darts across their brows, pointing into arrows at the bridge of the nose. Slicked hair, parted in the middle further emphasised this dramatic beauty look, and showed us that Charlier is not just about femininity, but also modernity.
Veronique Branquinho has always been one designer whose show you never dare miss. Easily the most wearable collection of the day, Branquinho gave us a mixture of casual and brilliantly formal looks. On the casual end of the spectrum, a navy blue utility suit with oversized sleeves and a nipped in waist made us add to our must-have list in an instant, and her selection of sleeveless maxi dresses would be at home among the fashion elite on any holiday destination.
Nearer the end of the collection, pale gold made an appearance, a colour that shone particularly brightly in the form of a cropped swing coat, layered over a nude, heavy jersey maxi dress. Smooth hair and simple make up looks kept this collection toned down and wonderfully subtle.
Fashion inspired by London has found at Jean-Paul Lespagnard's collection later in the day. The designer's presentation was a whirlwind of colour and pattern; mixing seventies floral prints with more traditional polka dots, and the colour spectrum hit every shade from red through to violet.
Although colour was strong, a rainbow vibe could not be felt, as the hues were muted with browns and beige, and occasionally punctuated by monochrome pieces. A bold orange lip was paired with tiny rounded sunglasses, which provided easily the most bizarre, most effective beauty look of the day.