As the fashion houses of Paris unveil their winter collections, there is no sign of the economic concern that is hitting much of the world today.
SV & CU Model wearing pleated overcoat in rust coloured tweed with matching skirt and blouse in wool also in rust at Nina Ricci fashions display in Paris.
MCU Blue pleated tweed cape with matching pleated skirt and scarf. Blue knitted cloche hat and blue tights.
SV Model wearing tweed skirt in pink with long jacket and striped skirt with cloche hat made in felt.
SV Model wearing black cocktail dress with gold spots with pleated skirt.
GV Models looking at window display and walking to camera wearing silk tunic with painted flowers and pleated skirt in black and gold and narrow trousers in black satin. She is followed by model wearing Chinese ensemble with tunic of black silk with gold spots with long cashmere skirt.
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Background: As the fashion houses of Paris unveil their winter collections, there is no sign of the economic concern that is hitting much of the world today. The '81 collection is imaginative and romantic within reach of everyone.
SYNOPSIS: There are no shocks in the latest revelations from Paris as this collection from Nina Ricci will show. The accent is on style with practicality, with a happy marriage of colour and texture. This tweed combination reverts to the natural earth colours so popular a couple of years ago.
But there is no rigidity in colour schemes. These designs are ingeniously simple and effective ... an air of excitement is permeating the halls of high fashion. The mini revival failed in the House of Ricci, leaving behind elegance and simple formality. The continuing survival of millinery to top things off provides the completed look for the 80's.
For the evening, the triumph of victoriana. The return of romance in fabric and design. Gaily printed florals in silk with bouffant skirts provides the excitement ladies are looking for this year to counter the problems of the real world.
Hemlines are down and waists are accentuated. Fabrics are luxurious. The colours too. The opulence of satin and silk are a reminder of the splendour of a bygene age. Black, with gold reinforces the image of richness. Here Ricci applies it to the mystery of the Orient. The new period of adventure in the fashion world is being reflected in the creations of all the top Paris designers. All the houses are presenting their collections at an eleven day grand showing in Paris, and it seems, for designers, a period of hope has arrived.