Last week’s Parisian collections, destined for next summer, exuded a delicious ‘Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie’ to such an extent that even the most whimsical houses like Jean-Charles de Castelbajac or Tsumori Chisato took a ‘sensible’ air. Almost all stereotypes of the ‘respectable woman’ were recalled: necktie collars (Elie Saab), buttoned-up, full dresses and midi skirts (Chanel and Christian Dior), long sleeves on long jackets, pearl nec...

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