Paris fashion week kicks off atop the Eiffel Tower

Updated: Sep 28, 2011, 08:14 AM IST

Paris: Paris` nine-day-long fashion marathon got off to a picture-postcard perfect start Tuesday, with the city`s first spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear show held atop the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Paris` nine-day-long fashion marathon got off to a picture-postcard perfect start Tuesday, with the city`s first spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear show held atop the Eiffel Tower.

Fashionistas in vertiginous heels and oversized shades dodged souvenir vendors and queued up with common tourists for the monument`s achingly slow elevators, which eventually delivered them to a hall on the first floor, where Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes` show was staged.

As the first model emerged, thick black curtains parted to reveal a phenomenal view over Paris, and the low beige cityscape bathed in the radiant glow of the Indian summer sum competed for the audience`s attention with the clothes themselves.

Had the garments not been in screaming neons, the view might have won out.

But Lopes punctuated her featherweight slip dresses in translucent silks with vinyl detailings in a rainbow of eye-popping shades. The fluorescent orange neckline of an ankle-length beige sundress recalled a cyclist`s safety vest.

A second-skin bustier dress was a patchwork of vertical strips of fuchsia, lemon and tangerine polyurethane. The barely pubescent models` lips were lacquered in matching shades, and they wore 15-centimetre (6-inch) heels adorned with metal hardware that recalled the Eiffel Tower`s steel beams and struts.

It was the first time in recent memory that a fashion show on Paris` official calendar has been held in the iconic monument and considering the logistical challenge of getting everyone up the tower, it was probably just as well.

Still, though they`d never admit as much, even the most blase globe-trotting fashion insiders got a kick out of their trip up one of the world`s top tourist sites.

PTI