Runway Report

Armani, Givenchy, Chanel Stun in Paris

Hauted couture collections from Chanel, Givenchy, and Armani may be this year's toast of Paris. Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld surprised viewers with his 54th couture collection: "Not one gold button," he told reporters before Tuesday's show. Lagerfeld breathed new life into the brand with a menagerie of color: mint green fabrics, pearl-studded heels, and tailored suits trimmed with shimmering culottes. Despite drama between Armani and Dior (Dior moved the timing of its show, causing Armani to push back an hour and a half) Armani did not disappoint: the Privé collection played well with its celeb-packed front row, which feautred Tina Turner, Anne Hathaway, and Marion Cotillard. The collection channeled a celestial motif, which almost every piece featuring a crescent-shaped moon: silver broaches, buttons, clutches, and even necklaces bore the shape. The show displayed an impressive diversity in its vision: black sequined dresses draped over a shoulder were mixed in with bustier dresses and fitted pencil skirts. A circus theme was at play at Givenchy, where designer Riccardo Tisci sent models down the runway in beaded suits and sheer dresses. Tisci’s 22 looks emanated a sense of dark, edgy foreboding—and went over well with Ciara, Kanye West, and other the A-listers who packed the front row.