Award-winning designer Akira Isogawa is a Paris regular. For the past 12 years he has set up shop on the ever-tony rue Daneille Casanova for a fleeting four days as part of Paris Fashion Week. The Kyoto-born, Sydney-based Akira is a byword for Australian fashion, loved for his use of translucent fabrics, layering, combining of textures, and his passion for recycling glorious vintage kimonos. In Akira’s designs, as with a kimono, all is not as it seems; coats can be reversed so that the lining stars, while lush silky shawls sport a cautious shade on one side and a riot of colour on the other – perfect for a Riviera rendezvous or a swanky city symphony. His mantra of “timeless beauty and femininity” seems tailor-made for Parisian women who, like Akira, always pay attention to the little things…but for the moment it’s a discerning southern eye that has snapped up his creations in France – Paulette Ravier, 1 rue des Pierres Precieuses, Le Lavandou.