Issey Miyake, Azzaro & Costume National

Issey Miyake built the most elaborate set inside the Louvre. A maze of blue nets stretched from floor to ceiling across the runway mimicking his open
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Issey Miyake built the most elaborate set inside the Louvre. A maze of blue nets stretched from floor to ceiling across the runway mimicking his open
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Issey Miyake built the most elaborate set inside the Louvre. A maze of blue nets stretched from floor to ceiling across the runway mimicking his opening looks of pulled, twisted and knotted scarves.

Miyake was inspired by a complex mathematical equation--he sat his mathematician front row--and wanted the scarves to visually represent the movement of the equation. I'm a sucker for blanket-like scarves, and these, styled over nothing but slim black pants, were chunky enough to wear alone.

Saturday morning, I followed the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to Azzaro's corner boutique. Sitting on the top floor with macaroon's and Vanessa Seward's narration felt old-fashioned, in a good way. Two models changed looks in the mirrored fitting rooms from the 80s. In between, the audience was guided through alternative looks and accessories. There's little use for diamanté velvet gowns, but anyone could wear the paw print jumpsuits and tea dresses. Meanwhile, the leg warmer boots are one of the best, most wearable thigh-high shoes we've seen.

Finally, Costume National squeezed in between Celine and Sonia Rykiel yesterday. I never see its clothes in stores or magazines, but L'Ecole de Medecine was packed to the brim. Fitted leather jackets stood out, and a white knit fur vest or jacket could be the perfect winter white topper (if we were grown up enough to work a winter coat).