Fitting that it would be the spring summer 2014 collections debuting in Paris right now. The sun is shining, the city is flooded with lithe catwalk models and people seem to be genuinely in a good mood.
Even as we enter into autumn, this last burst of summer in the City of Lights has re-energized even those who've spent the past few weeks on the fashion week circuit, jetsetting from New York to London and Milan.
That positivity has shone through on the runway - with light, breezy and bright setting the first tone for the collections in Paris.
Fashion for thought
Korean designer Moon Young Kee delighted with volume, proportion and quirky shapes. The result? Cerebral, rather beautiful, modern clothes that you want to spend time understanding and inspecting.
My next show was Anthony Vaccarello, who went in a totally different direction. Sexed up miniskirts and dresses drew attention to the thighs. V shaped slit skirts had thick bandau straps holding the material together - and those bold brassy buttons added a military touch to an otherwise very slinky, feminine vibe.
Pretty in monastic pink
Aganovich trumped their last season's collection considerably. The pure palette of either grey, black and white, beige, and pink on entire looks projected a sense of unity and purity. Japanese influences were evident in the pants gathered at the ankles and obi-esque fabrics wrapped around the waist as well as some wide sleeves and loose jackets. The monastic hoods and collars grounded a stunning collection that pushed the brand to another level.