photo (Christophe Ena / AP)

Marcel Proust’s quote: “It’s only women who do not know how to dress that are afraid of colors. A dress may be brilliant without vulgarity and quiet without being dull.”  To which French fashion designer Alexis Mabille answers during the Fashion Week Paris: Haute Couture 2012 with colorful dresses in apple green, deep orange, yellow – combined with giant orchids, daffodils and hibiscus as headresses and also painted faces.