Fashion

Paris Fashion Week Day 2: On the Scene with Char Alfonzo and Zana Bayne

Fashion

Paris Fashion Week Day 2: On the Scene with Char Alfonzo and Zana Bayne

Char Alfonzo - Custom-made leather cuffs by Zana Bayne
Moon Young Hee SS12
Moon Young Hee SS12
Moon Young Hee SS12
Aganovich SS12
Aganovich SS12
Aganovich SS12
Aganovich SS12
Thimister SS12 / Backstage
Thimister SS12 / Backstage
Thimister SS12 / Backstage
Thimister SS12 / Backstage
Thimister SS12 / Backstage
Thimister SS12
Thimister SS12
Thimister SS12
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For her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Paris Fashion Week, womenswear designer Moon Young Hee sent an eclectic mix of pieces down the catwalk, from dresses, skirts, and jackets with Mondrian-like color blocking (updated with a pastel palette) to severe, all-black sculptural dresses and jackets.

After a short stroll, and a quick bite to eat, I hurried over to the Aganovich show. I was intrigued by their silver invitation, which quoted one of my favorite artists, Francis Bacon: “If you can talk about it, why paint it?” The presentation was thrillingly theatrical. An actor played Bacon in wild drag makeup, while another played the part of an interviewer. After their exit, dreamy ’60s pop music provided an anachronistic soundtrack to Aganovich’s futuristic silhouettes (topped with equally futuristic hats).

The strongest show of the day, however, was that of Josephus Melchior Thimister‘s eponymous collection, from the garments—harem pants, casually droopy knitted dresses, floor-length chiffon skirts—to the warehouse in which they were housed. After today’s show schedule, we enjoyed “a few” glasses of complimentary champagne and headed back to our flat. Tomorrow will be just as packed so stay tuned for more coverage. Bonne Nuit, Paris!