By Thomas Adamson, AP
PARIS — Mademoiselle North West is barely over a year old, but she’s already commanding what fashionistas may have spent entire careers working toward: A front row seat at Givenchy.
The celebrity offspring was seated in pride of place at “AA5 bis” next to proud mom, Kim Kardashian, in a revealing Givenchy black bodice look, and dad Kanye West. (“Bis” is a French term for additional, or last minute placing — which suggests that North’s presence had been confirmed only fashionably late.)
The 15-month-old North West gave her mom a run for her money in the fashion stakes: in a demure black Givenchy tulle dress with patent black leather shoes and stylish thick white laces.
In fact, there was so much attention on the little star that people almost forgot the reason they were there: Riccardo Tisci’s ready-to-wear clothes.
Here are the highlights and show reports from Sunday’s spring-summer 2015 collections. Givenchy Goes Balkan
In front of a celebrity-filled front row including singer Ciara and actress Juliette Binoche, Tisci went Balkan.
With graphic and tight-filling silhouettes— in black, white and brown — the Italian-born designer took traditional Eastern European dress and fused it with hints of ’70s disco.
Sunday’s aesthetic — which was overall aggressive — marked a return to the gothic-infused dark musings Tisci built his career on, after brushes with softer looks in recent seasons.
It was all in there: thick lacing on knee high boots, constructed collarless Balkan jackets, exaggeratedly high-waisted A-line skirts, beaded bodice dresses, Orthodox-style crosses, and even large Balkan jewelry served up on a beige sparkling disco fleece.
Eclectic cultural fusion is Tisci’s strong point.
A long, square Ottoman-style jacket, with dense fabric and thick embroidery, got nicely shaken up with black and white stripes popular during the reign of pop group Abba. Chloe House Founder Dies
Chloe dedicated its collection to the influential Gaby Aghion, who founded the house in 1952 and died Saturday, aged 93.
Aghion will be remembered for pioneering the concept of ready-to-wear clothes, and she has been credited with coining the very phrase “pret-a-porter.”