Alexander Wang's sophisticated collection for Balenciaga and Manish Arora's 1920s-style creations were among Thursday's highlights at Paris Fashion Week.

Pastel-colored skirts and shorts of woven leather introduced the U.S. designer's first spring/summer collection for the prestigious label.

Wang offered a mix of contrasts: sculptured miniskirts and flowing skirts that drop below the knee; bomber jackets vs. billowing sleeves.

Arora drew his inspiration from the Roaring '20s, with florescent, beaded dresses.

The Indian designer evoked icons of the period, such as Josephine Baker, the black American entertainer who conquered Paris, and aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Thursday also saw the debut of the latest collection from Pace Rabanne, where Arora was creative director until May 2012.

The work of Balenciaga veteran Julien Dossena, Rabanne's latest offering includes severe minidresses and a reworked Mao collar. EFE