Fresh From Paris: Balenciaga's Side Slits, Gaultier's Goatskin, and Lagerfeld's Bow Ties

From left, Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Emanuel Ungaro. Photo: imaxtree

Balenciaga's collection was really sexy, and guess what! Renée Zellweger was on to something at the Oscars, because side slits are back.

• Aside from the ubiquitous fox fur, Jean Paul Gaultier showed a lot of zebra and hand-carved goatskin.

• The outfits in Karl Lagerfeld's collection look like something he would wear. At least we can assume he's pleased with himself.

Emanuel Ungaro was asymmetrical, wearable, and pretty with a splash of pink.

Veronique Branquinho subtly invites metallics back in her largely office-appropriate collection.

Isabel Marant showed perfect slouchy boots (which we happen to want right now) and a shock of bright-red plaids.

Marithé+François Girbaud melded sporty parachute styles with business-casual looks, tailored jackets, and trousers.

Lutz luuuuurves kimono sleeves.

Viktor & Rolf emblazoned their pieces and models' faces with lots of unsubtle messages: "no," "dream," and "wow."