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The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 2 of Paris Fashion Week

The buzzword on the street on the second day of Paris Fashion Week was feminine froth, where Dries Van Noten and Rochas's Marco Zanini tried to outdo each others' ruffles and even master of dark Gareth Pugh got in on the pastel action.
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The buzzword on the street on the second day of Paris Fashion Week was feminine froth, where Dries Van Noten and Rochas's Marco Zanini tried to outdo each others' ruffles and even master of dark Gareth Pugh got in on the pastel action.

Dries Van Noten Designer: Dries Van Noten

  • "Perfectly imperfect and eccentric." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Only at a Van Noten show can opulent gold hang from sportswear vest straps, peasant blouses meet luxurious colorful damasks, ethnic beading come alongside John Lennon-style shades, and flattened torsos jar with billowing multi-directional 3-D frills, and, still, all succeed and prompt whooping applause." [AP]
  • "Mostly the collection had the quality of gilded traditions." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "Characteristically arresting though in parts a little staid (for van Noten, at least)." [The Daily Beast]
  • "An array of ruffles." [Daily Front Row]
  • "The cerebral Belgian offered a masterclass in slouchy tailoring." [The Daily Mail]
  • "Against the deep, sonorous riffs of a solo performance from Radiohead’s bass player Colin Greenwood (commissioned specifically for the show), came a melody ranging from the pure and unadorned--untreated cottons and linens in slouchy trousers, long shorts, peasant shirts and jackets--to the highly decorative." []
  • "As the master of poetic layering and artful juxtaposition, Van Noten pushed his patchwork further with sculptural silhouettes and couture level fabrication." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The musical accompaniment was a very Dries Van Noten touch: eccentric but not silly, notable rather than fancy, it brought a masculine element into the very feminine space of a catwalk awash with Fortuny pleats and silk." [The Guardian]
  • "There were touches of opulence in gold lace and foliate embroideries reminiscent of Flemish masters--Dries is one too, in fact." [The Independent]
  • "Gilded frills cascaded down the sides of a raw cotton dress, as if a Plain Jane maid had magically been touched by Milady’s glamour." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "A tour de force of texture." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "This wasn’t a story--it was a cacophony of ideas from a curious man, created for those who can afford the best, and care for artisanship and want to exceed any fashion trends." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "The detail was extraordinary." []
  • "Van Noten merged all those influences into accordion-pleat skirts and the conceptual frills which wound their way around tops, skirts, and dresses. 'Ruffles on speed!' he joked backstage." []
  • "This was a collection made more for night time and set an agenda for a relaxed sophistication for the new season, something we can all welcome." [ UK]
  • "Spring was a mélange of disparate elements brought into clear, fabulous focus." [WWD]

Gareth Pugh Designer: Gareth Pugh

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  • "London's enfant terrible produced one of his most sculptural shows to date, with stone-smooth fabric producing clean folds and engineering planes around the body." [AP]
  • "If Gareth Pugh had been alive when Star Wars was released in 1977, the British designer would most certainly have been selected to design the costumes. Just picture Princess Leia sauntering through the galaxy in one of his technology-inspired designs." [The Daily Beast]
  • "A futuristic collection that wouldn't have looked out of place in Star Trek." [

    The Daily Mail]

  • "Here, you longed for something really fresh, rather than just a distracting jolt of colour." [The Independent]
  • "Paging Lady Gaga." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "The woman who fell to earth." []
  • "Once the initial shock of seeing not only two happy colors, but a classically feminine dress--plus the inherent whimsy of feathers--passed, it sunk in: Gareth Pugh, heir apparent to Rick Owens’ dark throne, has been going glam lately." [WWD]

Rochas Designer: Marco Zanini

      • "A glittering spectacle of sweet, sugary pastels and shimmering metallics." [The Daily Beast]
      • "Quite like a Fifties housewife who'd accidentally tumbled into a time machine set for the Seventies, the Rochas Spring 2014 collection was awash in feminine silhouettes covered in psychedelic prints, patterns, and fabrics." [Daily Front Row]
      • "Delicate, feminine and utterly pretty." [

        The Daily Mail]

      • "A cloud of glitter and puff." [International Herald Tribune]
      • "The Rochas show was like swallowing a many-tiered cake, or a chandelier, and having the sugar crystals come through your pores." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
      • "Above the ankle, Rochas' Spring 2014 collection couldn't be more innocent. Sweet pastels mingled with floral prints and gold embroidery to a most ladylike effect." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
      • "If Marco Zanini is indeed headed to Schiaparelli, as has been strongly rumored this week, he sure went out with a bang at Rochas." []
      • "As light and as pretty as a rainbow after a brief shower on a sun-bright spring morning." []
      • "He gave us iridescence, he gave us shimmer, he gave us crystals and light, luminosity, pale pink, lemon, gold blush and pistachio for devoré flowers and frills, velvet and lamé. He gave us sweet sugar-coated nostalgic Hollywood looks that also had us thinking Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" [ UK]
      • "Marco Zanini played with shine and transparency." []
      • "If the rumors are true and Marco Zanini is being tapped for Schiaparelli, he is leaving Rochas on a high note." [WWD]