The central loudspeaker — announcing train information — punctuated the show.
Aside from provoking chuckles from fashion insiders, this added a street feel to the eclectic and contemporary mix of vibrant patchwork dresses, outre tulle bridal skirts and large shawls printed with images of clock architecture.
The "soundtrack" — a single harmonica played from the sidelines by a man who looked like a busker — provided a nice dash of boho insouciance for the many the casual and loose-fitting splash-dyed mid-length dresses.
Designer Karim Bonnet said he'd channeled German street style after a holiday there last summer — but at times, the clock seemed to turn right back to early seventies flower power.
The nicest elements were the imaginative prints of cameras and the spines of novels that featured on large shawls — an Impasse de la Defence signature.
At times, though, the sheer size of the shawls — which models had wrapped around them — made them look clumsy. The message of the prints would have been effective had Bonnet featured them on the dresses themselves.
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