Bright, sophisticated and über-cool... this is how the Spring/Summer 2013 Ready to Wear collection, presented by Belgian designers Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Véronique Branquinho and Cédric Charlier on the first day of the Paris Fashion Week, are likely to be described.
The ramp at the show - one of the fashion world's Big Five shows - created the very essence of spring and summer, as models strutted through dressed in jumpsuits, maxi dresses, shorts, skirts, block dresses and much more, all ranging from the lightly-hued to more vibrant shades.
Cédric Charlier, for whom this is only his second appearance, showcased creations from immaculate white (the ideal summer colour) to a refreshing tangerine that spoke evocatively of spring blossoms. Charlier, an emerging talent, presented his first collection in February.
Véronique Branquinho, also a young designer, returned after a gap of nearly three years (she filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the Telegraph reports. The 32 year old, famous for her use of fabrics and fine details, presented a set of exquisite spring/summer creations, in everything from a wide range of neutral nudes to whites, for spaghetti and pleated dresses, pencil skirts, off-shoulder gowns, wide-legged cotton trousers and shirts, masculine suits and black and white stripe dresses. Vogue reports Branquinho's collection will be priced slightly lower than those from previous years.
Meanwhile, the far more established Jean-Paul Lespagnard added another feather to his cap with his collection - themed around the idea of a tropical getaway and featuring dresses perfect for a sunny vacation. French publication Gala reported flocked fabrics and embroidered materials with star motifs were the core of a collection that included baggy pants, long skirts draped at the waist and harem pants.
Check out photographs of beautiful models in stunning couture at the Paris Fashion Week