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Floofy frocks! Rampant ruffles! Distressed fringing! Minimalism was clearly not the word at Comme des Garçons' catwalk show for Paris Fashion Week... although all this excess material was not put in the more, er, conventional places. Cut-out panels and artful placements exposed bare midriffs and torsos, and there were many variations on a theme: three tuxedo jackets with varying sizes of missing panels, for example, and black skirts of different lengths sharing similar risqué cutaway top-halves. Flesh, it seems, should be shown to the world; even the most substantial dresses have a distinct 'undergarment' design. Ooh la la indeed...

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The cheeky punkiness of the collection is unmistakable: from the lip-shaped cut outs on the hot pink oversized shirt, to deconstructed jackets made completely out of ruffled trims. The delicacy of some of the more precariously strung-together pieces was balanced by the deafening colours; really, they couldn't shout louder if they had a megaphone. Thank goodness the focus was directed on the upper body, with only inconspicuous black hotpants, garters and socks over tights to cover the legs. The gold-chain strap of the models' flat black patent shoes were the only flash of colour on the bottom half, leaving the avant-garde designs to stand out on their own merit.

Yet the shapes - even of the prom dresses - were boxy and masculine (I had some problems trying to distinguish the gender of the first model in red!). Definitely not the most wearable collection, and certainly one of the most revealing (can something be trashy and high fashion at the same time?) but one of the most interesting...