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On the Streets of Paris Fashion Week, a Warm Embrace of Color

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A particular color can often dominate both the runways and the crowds at any fashion week. But this season, instead of coalescing around a certain shade, designers and attendees seemed to embrace many of them.

On the streets at Paris Fashion Week, summery yellows mixed with autumnal oranges. Dries Van Noten and Valentino evoked springtime by filling their collections with vibrant greens. Black, while not absent, was less potent: Even Rick Owens, who has been called the prince of fashion darkness, brightened up his show by sending clothes in dusty fuchsias and pinks down the runway as plumes of neon-colored smoke were released and vibrant flower petals floated down.

While the runways featured many palettes, there were far fewer body types. Aside from at the Nina Ricci show in Paris, where people of different sizes walked the runway, models were as skinny as I’ve seen them in the more than 10 years I’ve been documenting fashion weeks. And as suggested by the spate of colorful collections this season, variety is never a bad thing.

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