PARIS: Belgian designer Raf Simons got Paris fashion week off to an unconventional start, busing hundreds of people out to the distinctly less than fashionable Paris suburb of Le Bourget. But the designer, who as well as his having his own label is also artistic director at Christian Dior, made up for Wednesday’s hourlong trek on the Paris ring road and A1 motorway with a highly experimental collection with some pieces creating the impression the models were wearing minidresses.
In one look, a bare-legged male model sported what appeared to the uninitiated to be a short-sleeved button-up black minidress teamed with black shoes and calf length socks.
Fashion website fashion.com, however, praised the outfit as “unquestionably the drop crotch short-short onesie of the season.”
Other ensembles had a similarly feminine feel including black shorts that looked like a miniskirt worn with a black and white striped belt and long-sleeved pink shirt.
Motifs were embroidered with sequins and tunic tops came in pink and purple stripes.
Unusually, the event was held outside Paris at U.S. art mogul Larry Gagosian’s cavernous art venue, northeast of the city.
Opened in 2012, it is the first major gallery to be set up inside airport grounds, aiming to showcase works too big to be accommodated by inner city Paris or London locations. newport international group