The cracked mirrors zigzagging along the runway at the Gauchère show seemed a fitting metaphor for Marie-Christine Statz’s clothes: There’s always something distorting the picture.

You wouldn’t expect to see a big, streetwise logo embedded in a pleated midi skirt, or zippers streaking up to the shoulder blades of a papery parka.

“Gauchère means left-handed, so the idea is always to twist things,” Statz explained.

Yet with its vivid yellows, blues and greens, the overriding impression of this collection was summery, matching balmy weather in the French capital. Here was masculine tailoring in tropical wools, crisp blousons and filmy shorts and tops. While some of the tropical prints were overwhelming, the collection reflected an easy cool.