Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: #PFW Goes Wild for Animal Prints–And It’s Not as Garish As You’d ThinkMar 3, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
Pictured, from left to right: Runway shows at Céline, Givenchy, and Chloé.
Leopard and cheetah spots, zebra stripes, snakeskin prints, fake fur, real fur, and fuzzy-wuzzy wooly coats have been so prominent in the fall collections shown in Paris this week that you might think fashion designers here had taken a group safari as an inspiration trip. Well, it’s not been as simple as that, and the clothes are not all nearly as garish as they might sound. In fact, the Paris shows have also included a sharp focus on practical designs, most admirably in the coat-dominant collections of Phoebe Philo at Céline and a tribute to working women by Raf Simons at Dior.
But it’s the spots that people will have people talking, from Balmain to Carven to Givenchy to Céline. Céline? Let’s start there, with Philo’s diverse collection, which overall marked a strong return to her spare, figure-friendly designs, but still had a few pops of rather blurry flocked animal patterns on wrap coats that carried forward the more vibrant elements of her spring collection. All the more impressive was that the impeccably fitted, solid coats that opened her collection, with contrasting white buttons and button-hole stitches placed in neat rows, held their own.