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Paris fashion week got off to a chaotic start on Tuesday with a rooftop catwalk show by Franco-Cambodian designer, Christine Phung at which fashionistas played 'spot the model'.
PARIS - A rooftop catwalk show by Franco-Cambodian designer, Christine Phung at which fashionistas played 'spot the model' got Paris fashion week got off to a chaotic start.
Fashion watchers trekked up the eight flights to the top of Paris's famed Galeries Lafayette department store were rewarded with clear views of the Eiffel Tower.
But the models at Phung's catwalk debut were almost impossible to be seen as they walked in a path hastily cleared among the milling crowd before being moved to an even less visible corner of the roof terrace.
"It was a lovely spot to hold a fashion show and there was a great view of Paris but unfortunately most people couldn't see anything (of the collection)," lifestyle blogger Marino Vizza told AFP.
Brought up in France by a Cambodian father and French mother, Phung's dual heritage is reflected in her use of printed silks.
Her spring/summer 2014 "Liquid Dilusion" collection featured a delicate palette of metallic grey, silver, white and ecru as well as black and ultramarine.
Out of around 10 looks in the collection, one was worn by a black model and two by Asian models.
The number of black models on the Paris catwalks can be expected to come under scrutiny this week following a blistering attack on the fashion world by models Naomi Campbell and Iman, and model-turned-activist Bethann Hardison.
The trio earlier this month named a string of fashion houses that only use "one or no models of colour" in recent collections and called for urgent action.
Tuesday is the first of nine days of women's ready-to-wear fashion which will wrap up on October 2. Highlights of the week are expected to be Alexander Wang's second show for Balenciaga on Thursday and Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent collection on Monday.