PARIS — Step-dancing hijinks, jungles of flowers and enough art world inspiration to fill a
The spring 2014 collections shown at
And between philosophical discussions about how best to reinvent old brands for the 21st century, whether what's on the runway should be transporting or merely commercial, and what is going to happen to Louis Vuitton now that artistic director
Pleats, please. Issey Miyake, founder of the 1990s-era Pleats Please label, was the unlikely muse of the fashion season. Pleats of every fold — micro, sunray, box and knife — were all over the runways.
Bold strokes. With graffiti swirls at Celine, Picasso-inspired primitivism at
Cool blue. If there was one color that rose to the top, it was blue. Blue lace dresses at
Ethnic mashup. The look was Tokyo
Good sport. Athleticwear was also seen on the runways and off, where editors were pairing Nike running shoes with skirts and dresses in a throwback to the days of "Working Girl." Alexander Wang spun sportiness into Balenciaga's architectural heritage, showing hand-braided leather mini skirts, moto-jackets and haute dolphin shorts. At