Leading regional designers make a splash at international fashion weeks

DUBAI: From British-Moroccan Nora Attal, to Lalani Ali and Adwoa Aboah, Paris Fashion Week ended with a diverse array of clothes, catwalks and models from around the world.

Attal, who has had a busy week walking for the likes of Loewe and Dior, walked the catwalk for Chanel in a delicate, lace-trimmed suit. Meanwhile, Ali, who is of Ethiopian heritage but was raised in Munich, walked the runway for Miu Miu alongside British model Aboah, whose father is Ghanian-born. Earlier in the week, Ali took to the runway for British label Alexander McQueen and Leonard Paris — proving that the up-and-coming model is one to watch.

 Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel for a paddle in the sea, creating a huge beach with real waves for his joyously zingy Paris fashion week show, AFP reported.

The 85-year-old produced a winningly youthful and colorful collection to lift the spirits of jaded fashionistas on the last day of a marathon month of shows in New York, London and Milan.

Louis Vuitton wrapped up the nine-day packed Paris schedule with an equally vivid show where designer Nicolas Ghesquiere cut his clean and classy ankle boots, short skirt and jacket schtick with vivid electric florals and highly colored abstract painted patterns.

The brightness of both big shows with their celebrity-packed front rows — Cate Blanchett ruled at Vuitton while Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand graced Chanel — were in stark contrast to the battalions of black that swept much of the Paris spring-summer catwalks.

Ghesquiere’s show was controversially co-ed, with men walking the runway too even though the label has its own menswear line now led by the American designer Virgil Abloh of Off-White fame.

Lalani Ali walked the runway for Miu Miu. (AFP)
But it was his mini-bags and a run of short belted dresses, two in glinting metallic mail, that drew the most admiring looks at his Louvre show along with minimalistic three-tone coats and jackets.

With a soft drizzle falling outside and the October chill beginning to bite in a grey French capital, more than one fashionista regretted not taking a towel to Chanel’s artificial beach.

Led by the designer’s latest muse, Dutch-born Luna Bijl, models walked barefoot through waves which lapped onto the white sand thanks to a set of hidden pistons.

Catwalk queens including Cara Delevingne and Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber came up from the beach and slipped into low mules to strut the boardwalk runway, according to AFP.

Sometimes Chanel’s spectacular sets are as talked about as the clothes. But this time the clothes had a lot to say for themselves.

The veteran creator hit the sweet spot from his oversized Chanel jackets and 1960s-style egg-shell blue trapeze coat dress to a long line of classy casual looks using the show’s beach umbrella motif.

With a beady eye on the bottom line, Lagerfeld used the brand’s name in capital letters everywhere he could.

From the clothes themselves and a new line of big crystal necklaces, belts and earrings, the label’s name also turned up on a set of double-billed straw hats with CHA at the front and NEL at the back.

Having grown a snowy white beard earlier this year, Lagerfeld seems to be embracing change, ditching his trademark shades for the second time in a week after turning up to Hedi Slimane’s debut at Celine in a new pair of black-framed glasses.

And in a nod to the atelier of designers and craftswomen who have long supported him, Lagerfeld took the bow alongside his head of studio Virginie Viard, one of the label’s behind-the-scenes heroines.

Nora Attal wore a lace-trimmed suit by Chanel. (Getty Images)

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