Paris fashion week drew to a close with designers setting up camp near the City of Light’s top tourist attractions to showcase their creations for next fall.



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Looks from the fall 2007 collection by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.


Louis Vuitton, for instance, planted a transparent tent in a courtyard of the Louvre museum. The label’s American designer, Marc Jacobs did an about-face on last season’s pastoral romp at Vuitton, sending out a collection inspired by the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Sitting in the front row was actress Scarlett Johansson, who played Vermeer’s muse in Girl With A Pearl Earring and stars in Vuitton’s spring advertising campaign.

Models stepped out in artist’s smocks rendered in supple leather and topped with floppy berets. Draped dresses were dip-dyed in a rainbow of colours, with blue merging into coral, purple and pink.

High-tech fabrics included plastic-coated sheepskin that gave a brilliant sheen to the label’s trademark monogram handbags.

“We played a lot with high-end fabrics and then kind of stranger techniques on expensive fabrics, such as some things that looked like synthetics,” Jacobs told reporters.