October 02, 1999
It was quite a dramatic presentation at Balmain, featuring everything from feather paste-on brassieres to rough-cut cavegirl-like skirts and microskirts, and Jackson Pollock-inspired prints. Of course, there were also plenty of more sedate piecespretty twinsets in pastel shades, a broad range of soft, flowing chiffon dresses and candy-colored short suits with exposed seams, perhaps influenced by Gilles Dufour's years at Chanel. Evening had a distinctly '80s flavor: Acid orange, fuchsia and green minidresses shared the runway with feathered tops, handkerchief slips with trains that served as scarves and paillette gowns. And who better to show them all off than Claudia Schiffer?