The event: Fashion house On Aura Tout Vu -- which roughly translates as “Now We’ve Seen Everything” -- showed a fall collection inspired by water at the Palais Royal in Paris Monday.
The scene: Under an overhang of trees, backed by an impressionistic mural of an icicle-topped seascape, models paraded along in fashions adorned with crystals, bits of broken glass (polished, of course) and water that had been encapsulated in slivers of plastic and stitched between rows of beads. At the runway's end, they posed beside a trio of sea creatures, all covered in black from head to fishtail, while glittering from swirls of clear beads and sequins.
In the crowd: Before the show began we caught up with Didier Grumbach, the soon-to-depart president of France’s powerful fashion association, the Federation Francaise de la Couture, du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode.
He said that the association now includes designers from more than 25 countries, all admitted by virtue of their talent and ability to move fashion forward. "We don't accept brands, which are commercial," he said. "In Paris, we want controversy. A collection which doesn't frighten you a little is not good."