Chloe gets chic as VIPs create fashion homage to Lagerfeld

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September 26, 2019 - 11:31 am

Models wear creations as part of the Courreges Ready To Wear Spring-Summer 2020 collection, unveiled during the fashion week, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

PARIS (AP) — Model and singer Pixie Geldof and Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere watched from Grand Palais' front row Thursday morning in Paris as Chloe put on a spring manifesto in wearable chic.

Here are some highlights of spring-summer 2020 collections in the French capital.

CHLOE'S STUDY IN CHIC

Chloe, a Parisian institution founded in 1952, is widely credited with inventing the very concept of ready-to-wear.

And since arriving at the house in 2017, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi has honored that formidable legacy.

The talented native of France has consistently towed the line between clothes that are both sophisticated and wearable — a mix that was on display this season.

With a slight masculine swagger, styles sported loose boyish pinstripe tailoring.

Silhouettes featuring ribbon neckties, flattened torsos and widened shoulders were a contemporary nod to the house's signature 70s style.

Many of the looks were a study in gentle contrasts.

A fluid pleated ankle length silk gown in champagne, for example, was given a beautiful tomboy twist with the weight of black buckled leather boots.

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LAGERFELD'S CELEBRITY SHIRT TRIBUTE

Such was the legacy of Chanel's late designer Karl Lagerfeld that he has been given several send offs since his death in February, including a performance in June with Tilda Swinton and Helen Mirren.

The memorials continue this season in the form of an exhibition created by figures in fashion who loved him.

Mirren, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, British models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, American designer Tommy Hilfiger, and German actress Diane Kruger were among celebrities enlisted to "reinterpret" and "redesign" what the organizers call Lagerfeld's "most iconic design: the white shirt."

The shirts — featuring prints and graphic detailing — were displayed in the Maison Karl Lagerfeld to VIP insiders including US Vogue chief Anna Wintour, models Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss as well as the project's curator French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.

"It's hard to think of Karl and not imagine him wearing his iconic white shirt," said Karl Lagerfeld CEO Pier Paolo Righi.

"By inviting his friends and family to customize their own bespoke designs, they have been able to express their personal memories, anecdotes and experiences. This is a wonderful, creative way for us to honor his legacy."

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COURREGES: ON THE WATERFRONT

The Saint Martin canal in central Paris was the hip urban setting for Courreges' spring display, which treated guests to a musical spectacle on the waterfront.

Guests flanked the canal banks as a barge glided past amid a smoke and light display with a singer warbling from the deck.

As the boat docked, the models disembarked onto the street runway to reveal an urban collection with a sporty, retro aesthetic with lashings of color-blocking.

More pared down and more focused than last season, spring saw designer Yolanda Zobel reinterpret the miniskirt, a style the house laid claim to inventing in the 60s.

The garment came in urban light acid green below a color-blocked stiff bright orange jacket, and elsewhere in a more retro style in red gingham tablecloth with a flappy tied bow. Continuing the retro-infused designs, the show saw a return to bell bottoms and a flared aesthetic.

The designs of Andre Courreges once set the trends for stars like Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve who admired its ground-breaking geometry, plastic miniskirts, space-age silhouettes and futuristic textiles.

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ARORA'S LGBTQ SHOW

Manish Arora was applauded Thursday for bringing the conversation about the global LGBTQ community to the heart of Paris Fashion Week in a collection entitled: "Love is Love."

The exuberant New Delhi-based designer worked his signature color-rich psychedelia on drag queens and performers in a show of diverse gender-bending styles that were displayed on the theater stage.

A male singer in pink perforated silk column dress and a feather eye mask serenaded guests.

Then, a female model in a bejeweled yellow armor-like vest bent over backward acrobatically. She wore a heart-shaped handbag in yellow alongside eye-popping multicolor platform shoes.

Evoking Arora's native India, an A-line skirt cut on the bias had an exotic feel with banding and myriad decorative detailing.

While this collection didn't have the high-fashion feel of a typical ready-to-wear show, it was a highly entertaining spectacle.

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