Day three of PFW delivered the epic, the expected and the outright bizarre (thanks, Rick Owens)
From the growing ranks of Balmain's model army to the model-on-model action at Rick Owens, day three gave the increasingly fatigued fashion set some real conversation starters. But between the famous faces and the savvy stunts lay some brilliant designs you're going to want to get your hands on.
True to form, Balmain brought out body-baring mini-dresses and latticed bodysuits, embellished with crystals and cinched tightly at the waist with oversized belts. In fact, almost everything was oversized, from the peek-a-boo wide-cut lattice effect dresses to fierce gold chokers clamped on models' necks. Olivier Rousteing also revealed his softer side, ending the show with feminine ruffles. His Army was out in full force: regulars Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Kendall Jenner were joined by the likes of Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio.
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Over at Lanvin, the vibe was much more business-like, with tailored tuxedo jackets, tweed (albeit with very frayed hems) and billowing, ruffled blouses, showcasing Alber Elbaz's love of chic deconstructed pieces. The Lanvin S/S '16 girl still has a dash of sex appeal, however: sheer silk tops revealed delicate lace bras and tailoring was softened by diaphanous oversized bows tied at the neck. The second half of the show was when the party got started, with statement sequinned ensembles and quirky dresses printed with handbags and stilettos.
At Chloe, Clare Waight Keller melded the industry's enduring love affair with athleisure with breezy '70s chic: think zipped-up sportswear worn over muted paisley maxi-skirts. Models swept down the runway in technicolour pleated dresses and citrusy chiffon replete with tassels. The aesthetic was innocence-meets-insouciance, fresh but referencing the past: no surprises there from a collection dedicated to '90s superstars 'Kate, Chloe, Cecilia, Corinne, Rosemary, Emma and Courtney.' You add the last names.
We went over to the dark side at Ann Demeulemeester, with the Antwerp Six star showing a sex-fuelled S/S collection of suiting ramped up with bondage-style harness/choker contraptions and gothic black-on-black. Hot find: the best new season black leather skinnies. At Rick Owens, meanwhile, the mood was similar, if not more restrained - longline black vests, biker-style boots and gleaming draping on futuristic dresses - not to mention models wearing models, strapped on with harnesses for a somewhat disturbing ode to femininity (we'll just take his word for it).
Finally, cool girl favourite Vetements' canvassed everything from block colours and acid brights to high-shine metallics and flowing florals, with a nod to athleisure thrown in. The thigh-skimming footwear dominated most looks, in neon yellow and floral prints.