Scene scetting: 28 giant balloon lamps stood in the back gardens of the Jardin des Plantes for Givenchy’s spring/summer show. It all happened outdoors in Paris' frigid autumn temperatures, so as guests waited an hour for the show to start they wrapped themselves up in Mylar blankets that matched the mirrored runway.

Mood board: Riccardo Tisci took an earthy approach to spring, proposing the swirly geological patterns of ancient rock on floating chiffon dresses and round medallion necklaces that hung like slabs of crystal around the model’s necks. Interestingly, the effect wasn’t hippie at all. Rather, the mood was razor-sharp and ultramodern as Tisci cut skintight, figure-hugging silhouettes with high tech materials.

Best in show: Though there were some spicy polka dot prints that gave Hubert de Givenchy a run for his 1960s money, the best pieces in this collection were all black. Tisci sent out a fantastic line-up of black pantsuits with flared skinny legs and extra-long, lean coats that were stitched together with silver zips and utility pockets as large as handbags. It was a very fresh, cool look and was further amped up for evening with the addition colourful Plexiglass shards.