Black capes over leopard-skin, zippers and belts slung around the thighs, Givenchy struck a dark, sensuous note in Paris Sunday with a summer look that seemed plucked from Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut.
Starched, rumpled, puffed-up or stretched down to the ankles: that most masculine of staples, a plain shirt, was the launchpad for the playful summer look unveiled Saturday by design duo Viktor and Rolf.
Pop star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler took up front-row seats Friday as France's Roland Mouret, whose sensual evening wear is a hit in American socialite circles, unveiled his look for next summer.
A misty sensuality wafted through Paris Friday, as captain John Galliano steered Christian Dior's new summer collection to a lost Pacific island, and Issey Mikaye drew its new look from a haunted house.
The fashion roadshow rolls into Paris this week, after glamour stops in Milan, New York and London, with faces old and new sending down the catwalks their women's ready-to-wear looks for spring/summer.
Coiffed with tresses of sharp green reeds, the models wore skirts of flattened bottle tops, tubes of moss as neck-ruffs, gowns tailored from patchworked old shirts and joyously outsized Andean knitwear.