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Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere showed off a softer side yesterday with his autumn/winter 2009-10 offering. Moving his show to Hotel Crillon, he scaled back the structured numbers that we are so used to seeing, and opted for silkier, more feminine pieces with a heck of a lot of draping.


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Prints were still a big deal, in loud '80s styles consisting of varying shades of blue, pink, cream and teal. Loads of satin was used to created luxe draped skirts, jackets and trousers. Wide shoulders and nipped in waists were also still high on the list, but it was the shoes that had my full attention. Platform, open-toed booties in both plain and print, and knotted with ribbon that flew behind the models as they walked. Just dreamy!

[Photos courtesy of Coutorture]