The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 4 of Paris Fashion Week

Change was the order of the day at the midpoint of Paris Fashion Week, where fashion's arch-conceptualist Hussein Chalayan showed convertible--and eminently wearable--resort-type looks, Roland Mouret made his soigne Parisiennes over as "Reggae techno" stars, and Christian Dior's Raf Simons took the New Look into the great blue beyond. Find out what the critics were buzzing about.
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Change was the order of the day at the midpoint of Paris Fashion Week, where fashion's arch-conceptualist Hussein Chalayan showed convertible--and eminently wearable--resort-type looks, Roland Mouret made his soigne Parisiennes over as "Reggae techno" stars, and Christian Dior's Raf Simons took the New Look into the great blue beyond. Find out what the critics were buzzing about.

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Change was the order of the day at the midpoint of Paris Fashion Week, where fashion's arch-conceptualist Hussein Chalayan showed convertible--and eminently wearable--resort-type looks, Roland Mouret made his soigne Parisiennes over as "Reggae techno" stars, and Christian Dior's Raf Simons took the New Look into the great blue beyond.

Find out what the critics were buzzing about.

Photos: IMAXtree

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Chalayan Designer: Hussein Chalayan

  • "Well known for his avant-garde taste and artwork-like pieces, Hussein Chalayan designed a Spring 2014 collection that was unmistakably wearable, albeit playful nonetheless." [Daily Front Row]
  • "The concept of clothes that transform from one piece to another has been explored many times before by Hussein Chalayan but never in such a light, breezy, refreshingly summery and sporty fashion." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Conceptual but resolutely wearable--a balance well struck." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The reality Chalayan gave to everything, the grounding of these ingenious, inventive clothes in everyday life, was the strength of this show." [The Independent]
  • "This charming collection saw Mr. Chalayan going back to his roots, but in full flower." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Everything was a sophisticated solution to heat." [The New York Times]
  • "A collection that had a stark and sporty grace." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Chalayan's new collection was one of the season's loveliest: a fresh, airy paean to summer, with the designer's technical ingenuity creating artfully charming effects." [Style.com]
  • "The transformative aspect of clothing has always been fascinating for Hussein Chalayan, who often pushes the boundaries of fashion into a futuristic realm. This season though, that obsession was grounded with practical concerns of the real world and the logistics of a summer wardrobe." [Vogue.com]
  • "He built on his very resort-y resort lineup, in which beachwear clichés became fashion concepts via dresses in seaside prints and some that looked like towels wrapped over bikinis." [WWD]

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Christian Dior Designer: Raf Simons

  • "Dior designer Raf Simons on Friday conjured up a tropical hanging garden." [AFP]
  • "A mixed bouquet." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "There were plenty of ingenious DNA subversions at work here and almost all of the 76 looks made a great statement." [AP]
  • "On the runway, with thousands of flowers hanging from the ceiling, the clothes were fanciful and feminine and steeped in the traditions of the house." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "A dynamic collection." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Always light years ahead of his contemporaries, Simons turns trends into his own entirely." [Daily Front Row]
  • "If Simons has his way, the prom dress will stage a comeback next summer." [The Daily Mail]
  • "There were almost too many ideas--but that's a good problem." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "A surreal pleasure garden." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "The spring/summer season has so far been defined by a blend of the haute and the humble, of sportswear and couture all with a hefty dose of the spirit of street fashion thrown in. With all the above, Simons appeared to be in his element." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Simons is a romantic, and a clever one." [The Guardian]
  • "He is putting his art into Dior. And reaching perfection is a tough goal, as every gardener knows." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "The look was gorgeous, a combination of classically chic and subtly futuristic." [The New York Times]
  • "In the end this collection didn’t so much stir the soul but rather stimulated the intellect. It was a thinking woman’s collection and Simon’s gave her a lot to ponder." [NOWFASHION]
  • "The message was clear, but we'd like to add another word to the conversation: paradise!" [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "As the label did more than 50 years ago, Dior is defining the new New Look. Bravo to LVMH, who had the insight to snap Mr. Simons up." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "The prefix trans- means, among other things, 'beyond' and 'changing thoroughly.' There's not much more you need to know about Raf Simons' show for Christian Dior today than that this was, according to his show notes, 'Trans Dior.'" [Style.com]
  • "A collection that was jungle-dense with a mash-up of ideas." [Vogue.com]
  • "Today--his third ready-to-wear outing for the house--felt like he's making his mark and possibly being allowed his head a little more within the constraints of a megabrand, such as they are." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The effect was current rather than retro, and accomplishing that transition is an essential part of Simons’ mandate." [WWD]

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Roland Mouret Designer: Roland Mouret

  • "Roland Mouret used the black and white stripes of contemporary artist Daniel Buren that lie inside Paris' historic Palais Royal for his spring-summer 2014 show. It was certainly an inventive way for Mouret to tackle the infectious monochrome trend that's turning into one of the season's biggest stories." [AP]
  • "Stricken with stripes." [Daily Front Row]
  • "'Reggae Techno' isn't the first genre we'd associate with Roland Mouret, but that's the phrase the red carpet darling continued to use when describing his latest collection backstage." [ELLE.com]
  • "This was a bold departure for Mouret with whom one might associate a more sensuous sexiness." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "It was all change at Roland Mouret, a label long known for a sophisticated Parisian aesthetic and a passion for the elemental beauty of the hourglass form. Bright colours, brash stripes and flat shoes usurped snaking zips and curvy tailoring." [

    The Guardian]

  • "With horizontal and diagonal lines meeting, the show had a sharp angle." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "What felt fresh here was the sense of rawness, evidenced both in the collection's dissonant colors and in the roughed-together look of the construction." [Style.com]
  • "Although Mouret is perhaps best known for a sexy, figure-hugging silhouette, this season the easier pieces actually felt more him." [Vogue.com]
  • "In general though, Mouret wants us up on a table to dance next summer away." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "A punkish, but polished, DIY vibe." [WWD]