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Paris Fashion Week: Junya Watanabe's haute biker babes

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The discipline with which Junya Watanabe approaches a collection is incredible. This season, he turned his laser-like focus on the iconic black leather motorcycle jacket, reinventing it in the most haute ways -- sculpted at the waist, as a cape, even in a retro, ladylike cocoon shape with dropped shoulders.

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The all-black palette was punctuated by a leather skirt and jacket in a lacquered caramel color resembling burnt sugar.

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Eventually, the jackets over skinny pants and flippy mini skirts segued into draped black dresses with furry accents. One asymmetrical style with fuzzy faux leopard fur panels brought to mind a hood ornament.

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Still, the best dresses were the more obvious riffs on the biker jacket, particularly the style with ruching at the waist, a giant zipper down the front, leather cuffs and collar.

Harley not required.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Junya Watanabe fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

 
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