Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Constance Jablonski were all easy smiles and casual merriment as they prepared for the Anthony Vaccarello show. In fact, the vibe backstage was so relaxed, despite the mob of photographers and the swarm of stylists surrounding each girl, the scene felt more like a group of friends getting ready for a night out than the moments before Paris Fashion Week's first major show. Perhaps the location — a cavernous space under the Cité de la Mode et du Design next to the Seine — had something to do with it. More likely, though, it was Vaccarello's sexy take on citified sportswear for Spring 2013 that had the models feeling so good.
In a crisp palette of black and white cotton and silk — and later, liquid-like lamé and metallic animal prints — the collection was filled with pieces that exude a certain youthful confidence. Miniskirts and one-shoulder dresses were draped and gathered in body-hugging layers around the hips and thighs, while asymmetrical cropped tops showed off the mid-drift. And though there were plenty more of Vaccarello's signature skin-revealing elements on display — thigh-high slits, cutouts, whisper-thin straps — the designer tempered them with crisp tailoring, cargo pockets, zips, epaulets, oversize grommets on boxy blouses, slouchy trousers, and double-breasted blazers.