Slithery gowns that exposed the flesh through tearlike portholes, as if clawed open by a wild cat, closed couture week in Paris on a sexpot note at the Loris Azzaro show.
“It’s about this panther, this woman who comes out at night,” Alvaro Castejón explained backstage, his co-creative director Arnaud Maillard showing off animal-spot appliqués in silicon that glistened like caviar on a black tuxedo jacket.
But for a few biker jackets and snug Eighties cocktail suits, the Spanish duo focused on second-skin evening columns and sparkly minidresses, returning the brand to its nightlife-loving legacy — and the couture stage after a three-decade absence.
The 3-D animal-paw embroideries took the cougar theme a bit far. Shardlike embroideries that resembled a smashed mirror, embedded on the front of dresses, more effectively telegraphed the heat and frenzy of the club scene.