The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 25, 2012
 
PICTURES

Station clock strikes start of Paris Fashion Week

 
 

PARIS (AFP) - A hidden walkway, high up behind the clock of the Gare de l'Est station, was the unlikely setting for the first show of Paris Fashion Week, as Impasse de la Defense kicked off the nine-day roller-coaster. 

A black-clad rocker puffed into a plaintive harmonica as the Parisian label's founder Karim Bonnet sent out his models wrapped in floor-length capes whose motifs picked up on the columns and steel beams of the neo-classical station.

The models wore black and white paper crowns made from a collage of images from the American 1950s, with paint-dyed bright heels peeping out from under their capes, in fiery orange or blue.

Beneath the stoles, which they dropped to the floor at one end of the runway, they wore sheer layered tulle skirts under velvety nipped-waist jackets.