In Paris, The Stripes Get Softer-------
Miuccia Prada kicked Milan off with a bang when she showed a riot-colored collection heavy on the stripes (and the bananas, but we digress). Stripes have been huge for months already—just try counting the number of Saint James tops in New York—and they’re clearly here to stay. But in Paris, the pattern got a softer twist. Stripes layered with sheers at Junya Watanabe, Cerruti, and Pedro Lourenço for a more ethereal look. Watanabe sent out stripey looks in every imaginable shape, but we loved the way they peeked through a wispy, khaki trench, left. At Cerruti, center, Richard Nicoll played peekaboo with ghostly white stripes on a translucent white dress (in the new, longer silhouette we’ve been seeing lately, too). And Pedro Lourenço, right, added some kick to his futuristic, Courrèges-esque creations with floating bands ringing around the bottom of a sheer skirt, a nice contrast to the leathers he leans on in his collections.