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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

Courrèges: Runway Return?

Suzy Menkes at Paris Fashion Week: Day Two

5 Марта 2015


How amazing to imagine that the straight shapes that André Courrèges made back in the Sixties were regarded then as the sartorial equivalent of going to the moon. In fact, the moon landing was the late designer’s inspiration for creating such futuristic clothes.



Slipping discreetly back onto the runway with a mini show, team Courrèges made a good job of blending past and future. The A-line shapes, some now longer than miniskirts, were familiar. But the fabrics were twenty-first century, or at least modernised, as in a thick but light sweater. I liked a cape shape, drawn as if by a set square in a geometry class, but striking, worn with over-the-knee socks and flat shoes.



This surface interest would have been quite a revolution 50 years ago for a designer trained with Balenciaga in haute couture — even if Courrèges did invent the concept of white sneakers as high-fashion footwear.



Standout pieces were the moonwalker silver boots with leather bomber jacket to match; a lagoon-blue edging on a white top with pants; and blood red used in the same spirit.


Half a century on, there was nothing to shock, but streamlining is always in fashion.



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