New From Paris: Givenchy's Bling, Lacroix's Mops, and Valentino sans Valentino

From left, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Valentino. Photo: Imaxtree

Givenchy showed some bling and interesting, sexy jackets.

• The look at Christian Lacroix was ladies who lunch meets rock and roll meets … a black mop.

• Alessandra Fachinetti's first collection for Valentino after Valentino's retirement played it safe. Pleasant, pretty, but safe.

Dries Van Noten is high on patterns and color.

• Puma creative head Hussein Chalayan's collection had Grecian overtones; we couldn't help but think of Rami's stuff on Project Runway.

Costume National's structuring is reminiscent of Nicolas Ghesquiere's for Balenciaga.

Stella McCartney's vegan collection incorporated lace and overblown brocades.