Comme des Garçons and Balenciaga reigned supreme over the streets of Paris during fashion week this October. Every Taste Maker and It Girl was seen wearing the over-the-top silhouettes from each designers respective fall collection. The impossible to miss felted wool coats by Rei Kawakubo were seen everywhere and on everyone. The vibrant colours and bold floral prints alone were eye catching enough, however it was the almost alien, shell like shapes and architectural construction that made them stand out from everything around them, becoming a favorite of every street style photographer. Nearly matching the bold offerings from Comme des Garçons were the spectacular over sized Balenciaga sweaters. Made from stiff fabrics able to hold their form, the sweaters were seen in many different variations, 3/4 sleeve, cropped length, full sleeved, etc. The one common thread was the blouson silhouette, reminiscent of a bubble, created by the fabric and construction of the garment. Despite the spacey silhouette the sweaters maintained a soft feel and are surprisingly feminine and very sexy. The science fiction inspired silk screen prints are the icing on the cake for one of the most popular items of the season. It will be interesting to see if there is any trickle down effect as these futuristic concepts and silhouettes move beyond the fashion elite and are eventually accepted by a broader segment of the public.