WE turned up looking forward to lollipops or macaroons as usual and instead we were offered dark red martinis and fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate - still delicious, but immediately indicative of a darker story. Feathered headpieces and bold necklaces — some of which comprised triple gold rings tied at the back with a ribbon in a development of last season's pearls — were gorgeously eye-catching — but for these women their clothes are their business: They will not go and swim on the Cannes beach surrounded by topless women. To the childlike melody of an antique music box, complex sporty-meets-Victoriana ensembles stepped on to the catwalk in colour-blocked layers of pristine white, moving slowly into graphic bursts of abstract print and colour — starting with yellow and seamlessly graduating into grey, pale peppermint, rose and hot pink, cobalt and indigo. You may also like.
But even if you don't want to believe that "black is back" again, you can't help but appreciate the excellence of these dresses — the first, in fine cashmere, was bunched at one shoulder which somehow gave shape to the rest of the dress, pulled in as it was at the waist with a narrow belt.
The Endless Succession Question. New York13 September Fundamentalists, extremists, think the beach is for infidels. Paris6 March The high-octane front row appeared particularly roused by the final floor-length numbers - Beyone and Solange Knowles, Chanel ambassador Jen Brill and Kim Kardashian in apparent awe as they took to the floor.