Paris fashion wraps up with an Oscar winner


ParisStill basking in the media spotlight since her acclaimed performance in “The Danish Girl,” all eyes were on Oscar winner Alicia Vikander at Louis Vuitton’s star-filled show Wednesday.


Vikander wowed the fashion media at Vuitton in a pared down, geometric Nicolas Ghesquiere look that proved that less is more.

With no makeup and a chic messy centre parting, the 27-year-old Swedish actress rocked a navy statement coat with cream bands and cropped pants.

The look’s geometry perfectly mirrored the Louis Vuitton Foundation backdrop as she posed for photos — with its figurative angular glass, wood and metal architecture, designed by architect Frank Gehry.

Joining her in the front row was fellow Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Selena Gomez.

Ghesquiere produced one of his most accomplished Vuitton collections to date with 52 creative looks brimming with colour and energy.

Alongside the giant reflective disco-ball column decor, a model with huge Eighties hair opened the show with a fresh silhouette that recurred throughout: a strong-shouldered coat truncated under the bust in bolero style.

It cut a great shape, and led on to some very creative explorations of form like corset styles with large exaggerated curves.

Ghesquiere is a sports fan. Here, the signature sportswear styles were subtly evoked on looks that seemed inspired by Nineties’ motorbike jackets.

Flashes of red, white and blue stripes graced sheeny tight-fitting leather jackets.

And in one of the more interesting looks, the normally-harsh biking stripes appeared as a contradiction on a fluffy woollen sweater that called out to be hugged.

This varied collection will broaden the house’s appeal from the overly young looks that characterized the French designer’s debut.