Paris Fashion Week Is Bleak

October 16, 2009 Updated: October 16, 2009

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FOR HERMES: Consider taking up tennis just to wear this dress. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FOR HERMES: Consider taking up tennis just to wear this dress. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
If you like elegance and grace, you will be disappointed in many of the styles featured in Paris at the ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show held Oct. 5-8. Bleakness ruled. Maybe it was a misinterpretation of the attempt to tone down lavishness in consideration of the poor economy.
UNEXPECTED TOP: Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermes offers a jacket and jeans with plenty of accessories and breaks the classic lines with a print blouson top. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
UNEXPECTED TOP: Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermes offers a jacket and jeans with plenty of accessories and breaks the classic lines with a print blouson top. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)

We have gathered a few of the outstanding designs that ran against the current.

SPRING LIGHT: Presented in the Chanel Prêt-à-Porter show during Paris Womenswear Fashion Week at Grand Palais. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
SPRING LIGHT: Presented in the Chanel Prêt-à -Porter show during Paris Womenswear Fashion Week at Grand Palais. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PLENTY OF COLOR: Stella McCartney delights our eyes with casual, colorful outfits at Palais De Tokyo on Oct. 5. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PLENTY OF COLOR: Stella McCartney delights our eyes with casual, colorful outfits at Palais De Tokyo on Oct. 5. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
GRACEFUL CURVING LINES: Stella McCartney stands out by offering a flowing design in this jacket and pants. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
GRACEFUL CURVING LINES: Stella McCartney stands out by offering a flowing design in this jacket and pants. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
ESTRELLA ARCHS: This Spanish designer uses the fabric to give the design its lines. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)
ESTRELLA ARCHS: This Spanish designer uses the fabric to give the design its lines. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)
DELICATE DETAIL:An outfit by Romanian designer Ingrid Vlasov has intricate black decorations on a white dress. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)
DELICATE DETAIL:An outfit by Romanian designer Ingrid Vlasov has intricate black decorations on a white dress. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)
CREATIVE BUBBLE SKIRT: Designer Shiatzy Chen of Taiwan presents a version of the bubble skirt in the ready-to-wear show. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
CREATIVE BUBBLE SKIRT: Designer Shiatzy Chen of Taiwan presents a version of the bubble skirt in the ready-to-wear show. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
TRUE SUMMER STYLES:Outfits by Italian designer Antonio Marras for Kenzo in the ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
TRUE SUMMER STYLES:Outfits by Italian designer Antonio Marras for Kenzo in the ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
FROM FRENCH DESIGNER: RM by the designer Roland Mouret uses form-fitting knits for its ready-to-wear show. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)
FROM FRENCH DESIGNER: RM by the designer Roland Mouret uses form-fitting knits for its ready-to-wear show. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)