As most of Europe shivers in one of the worst winters for years it's hard to loon ahead to the balmy days of spring and the warmth of summer.
SV & CU Courrege pantaloon suit (4 shots)
SV Courrege's red and white cape dress
SV & CU Courrege coat with plunging neck-line (4 shots)
SV & CU Paco Rabanne's evening dress with metal stud decoration (3 shots)
SV & CU Paco Rabanne dancing girl ensemble with "metal look" (4 shots)
SV & CU Paco Rabanne multi-coloured dress with wooden bead collar (5 shots)
SV & CU Paco Rabanne pantaloon suit with metal trimming (4 shots)
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Background: As most of Europe shivers in one of the worst winters for years it's hard to loon ahead to the balmy days of spring and the warmth of summer. But this is just what the fashion designers of Paris are going with their latest collections on show this week.
SYNOPSIS: Courrege is one of the masters whose high fashion designs are quickly copied for the mass market. His show, on Wednesday (24 January) attracted buyers from all over the world. This pantaloon suit combines satin and cotton in strong colours.
Courrege again, with the soft billowing line which he favours this year. And again, the combination of satin and cotton. Although it's hard to see here, Courrege favours the skirt length just below the knee....a return to his first collection seventeen years ago. There are echoes too, of his earlier successes in the line of his coats....severe necklines, a gently flaring profile and strong colours. Courrege attracts some of the world's best dressed women, including the wife of President Giscard d'Estaing.
Paco Rabanne showed his collection on the same day. This is one of a number of evening gowns....all daring and dramatic which make use of "brute" metal decoration....in this case metal studs.
He calls this his "dancing girl" look. It's a study in contrasts. Bright colours and soft lines combined with the metal-look he favours in many of his designs.
And there is just a hint of the "ethnic" look again, in the bold collar made of giant wooden beads. The fabric here is hand painted in strong, bold colours to accentuate the billowing, free flowing line.
And every designer's delight. The chance to be eccentric. To shock. Here he tops the pantaloons which are tipped as a favourite this spring, with moulded metal. It would, as one correspondent said: "take courage".