Mad couture, celebrity concerts electrify Paris fashion

Paris,July 9: As couture week in Paris entered its final furlong, the French capital was electrified by celebrity concerts and eccentric, creative designs. The fashion fall-winter 2015-16 shows on Wednesday, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf and Elie Saab.

The Breton stripe, as worn by sailors, has become synonymous with Jean Paul Gaultier over the years. 

So Wednesday's fall-winter couture collection inspired by the French region of Brittanyseemed like a wholly natural place for the French designer.

The results were more theatre than couture. But the exuberant couturier produced a highly infectious presentation, replete with an entire traditional Breton orchestra performing bagpipes on the runway, crepe-makers handing out delights and one model marching theatrically down in a giant patchwork couture explosion with a tube wig that had one guest weeping with laughter.

The collection saw lashings of Breton stripes, in blue and white tights, sheer black velvet blouses and traditional lace Breton tube hats in exaggerated heights.

The Celtic Circle defined many of the silhouettes appearing as giant circle skirts often embroidered in traditional patterns and one gold show-stopper with black feather fringing.
Catherine Deneuve applauded enthusiastically from the front row alongside American actress Michelle Rodriguez.

"I've loved Gaultier since I was in my twenties," Rodriguez told to media. "He's just got always that edge, you know? He's like an artist and he's never scared."

Rival celebrity-filled soirees pulled fashionistas in different directions Tuesday night with the hip-hop fans hitting a concert by Lauryn Hill in a storied Parisian mansion and pop fans heading to Lancome's 80th birthday celebrations capped with a performance by Kylie Minogue.

Designer Tory Burch hosted the first soiree of the evening, a garden party in the courtyard of the 17th-century Hotel de Sully near the iconic Place des Vosges. It was Moroccan-themed with pillowed areas on the grass, a tent area where hungry guests lounged on the ground, eating couscous and sipping cocktails. Crowds went wild for Hill, who gave an electrifying performance of some of her greatest hits including "Ex Factor." Jessica Alba was among celebrity attendees.

Later, Australian pop princess Minogue got people dancing with a glitter-filled performance for Lancome singing hits such as "Can't get you out of my head" and ending with a breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Among those at the soiree in an old Pigalle theatre were Lancome ambassadors Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o, Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts. Actress Isabella Rossellini appeared delighted by Kylie's performance, smiling throughout.

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