Surf couture and why arriving late is the best way to watch a catwalk show
Dazed's team round up each day of Paris womenswear Spring Summer 13 with their thoughts. Senior fashion editor Robbie Spencer talks day two...
Dazed Digital: What did you experience today?
Robbie Spencer: I loved Gareth's show, which was his strongest to date. It was great to see him experiment with colour, the blood red looks were really impressive, there was a softer maturity to this collection that I think will really appeal to his fans.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista showed one of his strongest proposals to date too, using camouflage-inspired graphic panels of leather and cotton in army green and off white, solid trouser suit looks and multi coloured panelled dresses. A highlight look was the colbolt blue, black and white panel trouser and t-shirt combo worn by tomboyish new face Amra Cerkezovic.
Rochas' Marco Zanini showed a beautiful collection, a mix of surfer girl style in elegant couture fabrics, which sounds quite a strange combination but it really worked. The pastel satin and pink finale looks were really special, and the improvised background recordings of The Beach Boys rehearsing was the perfect soundtrack.
Finally Nicola Formichetti aka Nicopanda's Mugler collection, which we just missed but were fortunate to get a private viewing of the show in the corridor as each girl went back in to the line-up for the finale, away from the cameras and audience as the models all danced to the music playing and gossiped with each other. It was like watching a more fun version of a catwalk show!
DD: Favourite off-catwalk moment?
Robbie Spencer: Bumping into the lovely Erjona at Ford, backstage at Gareth Pugh. She is so sweet. And our unique viewing experience at Mugler.
DD: What are you looking forward to next?
Robbie Spencer: So many shows! I'm so excited to see the ones that will influence the whole season: Hedi Slimane's debut at Saint Laurent, Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear show for Dior, Comme des Garçons and Miu Miu!