Hayao Miyazaki has a dreamy imagination. Creating magical worlds in which spirits watch over forests, shapeshifting is second nature and everything feels like a really intense acid trip, the genius Japanese director continues to prove that weird and wonderful is the best way to be. With the release of his final film, The Wind Rises, today, we look back to Paris Fashion Week, where fairytale characters and curious creatures took to the catwalk, captivated audiences and captured our hearts.
Soot Sprites, or Susuwatari, are pitch black little beings with big eyes and long, thin legs. The species that walked for Gareth Pugh was the rare and beautiful white variety - see how she gleams! Susuwatari live in dark places with groups of friends, dine on Kompeitō candy and turn to dust when touched. Mischievous in nature, if they detect goodness in you they will act kindly and cause you no harm. Be nice, be smart, be pure of heart!