A cen­tury for women

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FAT ladies tend to be thin on the ground on the Paris cat­walk. But ris­ing Dutch de­signer Liselore Frow­ijn re­cently made her ready- towear de­but with a colour­ful col­lec­tion to light up au­tumn- win­ter in­spired by the fem­i­nist artist Niki de Saint Phalle's proudly volup­tuous “Nanas”.

Her show with its eye- catch­ing ze­bra- striped trouser suits was full of the bold and joy­ous colours of the sculp­tor's lib­er­ated ladies.

Frow­ijn said Saint Phalle “just wanted to make peo­ple happy and her­self happy ( too), and that's what I want to do with fash­ion.”

“I was re­ally touched by the feel­ing that this is a cen­tury for women. Women are ev­ery­where, they are lead­ing in pol­i­tics, in movies, so why not in art,” she said.

But un­like Jean Paul Gaultier, who fa­mously cast the gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned Amer­i­can singer Beth Ditto for the fi­nale of his 2011 spring col­lec­tion, she did not use plus- sizes mod­els.

In­stead she said she wanted women who were “all dif­fer­ent” and who had “an in­di­vid­u­al­ity about them”.

"The mod­els are a bit an­drog­y­nous, very strong, very nat­u­ral... al­most like no­mads. They have this en­ergy to be ev­ery­where," she added.

Fin­nish de­signer Tuo­mas Merikoski picked up the no­mad theme in his show for Aalto which drew on the ex­pe­ri­ence of Sami youth drawn to the coun­try's cap­i­tal.

Th­ese “ur­ban out­casts” are caught be­tween their no­madic tra­di­tions and youth cul­ture, he claimed.

In Paris, fash­ion looks to curvy ladies for in­spi­ra­tion.

“The name of the col­lec­tion, ‘ Hellsinki’, is a play on words im­ply­ing a sense of hell that comes from liv­ing in the city as a no­mad and los­ing your iden­tity,” Merikoski added.

Amid his black, pur­ple and pink lay­ered out­fits, Merikoski dared a line of very natty brown check suit com­bos not seen since the 1970s glory days of Ron Bur­gundy and An­chor­man.

In con­trast, the Ja­panese la­bel An­re­alage ban­ished colour pretty much al­to­gether, go­ing in­stead for 50 shades of grey that ranged from beau­ti­fully cut fem­i­nine dresses to high- tech shoul­der- padded power suits.

But like Frow­ijn, cash­mere spe- cial­ist Lu­cien Pel­lat- Finet in­sisted peo­ple need colour in their lives in th­ese try­ing times.

With Paris still re­cov­er­ing from the Novem­ber ter­ror at­tacks, his lat­est cre­ations cel­e­brate life go­ing on re­gard­less, with a skeleton play­ing an elec­tric gui­tar on one red top, while oth­ers were adorned with ver­sions of the Eif­fel Tower peace sym­bol that went vi­ral af­ter the at­tacks and a “Chill pill” full of lit­tle skulls and peace sym­bols.

“We have suf­fered a lot. The whole world has suf­fered ... life has not been the same the last few years,” he ar­gued, which was why the world need the lift of “qual­ity fash­ion” that was wear­able and that would last. – AFP

Mod­els are seen be­fore Liselore Frow­ijn’s show in Paris. The dutch de­signer wanted to use women who were ‘ all dif­fer­ent’. — rEuTErs Frow­ijn ac­knowl­edges the pub­lic af­ter her show dur­ing Paris Fash­ion Week. she was in­spired by the fem­i­nist artist Niki de saint Phalle’s proudly volup­tuous ‘ Nanas’. — EPA

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