This was the first women's ready-to-wear Dior show since the Galliano scandal, debuting what Bill Gaytten has to bring to Paris Fashion Week. As it turned out, Gaytten had loveliness, beauty, and vintage Dior throwback pieces to show. I couldn't help but to be reminded of old Hollywood actresses like Grace Kelly with the original Dior-inspired silhouettes and classy little frocks. Personally, my favorite part of this collection was the breathtaking organza and gazar dresses towards the end of the show. They were beautifully crafted and and had so much movement and fluidity. Overall this was a very lovely collection.
Whenever I think of Lanvin I think of dark colors and beautiful dresses. This season, however, Alber Elbaz showed many more separates than the public is used to seeing in a Lanvin show. He was inspired by a concept of strength, which you could see through his experimentation with pants and skirts. Also a product of his strength inspiration was a nod to 80's power dressing. I always love a strong padded shoulder, which is why I'm obsessed with how Elbaz brought them back for S/S 2012! This collection was so strong, sexy, and modern.
Crocheted fishnets. Royalty-inspired corsets. Mismatched socks. Lace and sequins. Oriental kimonos. Lamé. Hooker platforms. All in one collection? It could be non other than Vivienne Westwood. Westwood brings out the skitzo avant-garde looks season after season, and somehow, they all cohesively seem to flow together. I'm in love with anyone who takes major risks, which bumps Vivienne Westwood up to one of my favorite collections so far this season. She is a true dreamer, and as always, this trait has shown clearly through her collection.
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This season, Nicolas Ghesquière did a fantastic job of mixing urban trends with more classic haute couture silhouettes for Balenciaga. I'm in love with all of the tiny little short shorts pairs with boxier shaped tops. He showed everything from asymmetrical tops to over-sized sailor uniforms; the off-beat proportions were incredibly interesting and edgy. I really suggest that you view this collection in whole (style.com) because every single look was so unique and innovative.
Balmain is a brand that is always so wearable, chic, and fierce; and this season was no different. The collection was filled with beautiful prints, which shows Christophe Decarnin was probably inspired by ornate artwork or designs. There were so many fantastic separates, sexy dresses and leotards, and several high-waisted shorts and cropped jacket combinations. Christophe Decarnin simply never seizes to blow me away with effortless, innovative, wearable collections.
Nina Ricci's collection was light and beautiful for the S/S 2012 season. There were so many breathtakingly beautiful chiffon and organza dresses that would be any girl's dream to wear. Ricci's collection was clearly 50's inspired with beehive hair, longer dresses, and many 50's silhouettes. Overall, the collection was the perfect amount of classy mixed with edge.
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Today kicked off day one of Paris Fashion Week: S/S 2012 RTW! Here are some highlights of a few of my favorite designers that showed today:
Marco Zanini gave a nod to the 50's as he sent everything from long sequined party frocks to pin-up leotards and high-waisted shorts for Rochas. Zanini played with beautiful fabrics, prints, and especially eye-catching accessories. He described his collection as "...a journey through the vortex of cinema," which is exactly what it was.
Gareth Pugh is the type of designer that sends pure art down the runway every single season; and this season was no exception. From literal cages formed around the models' bodies, to sky high heels and head to toe (literally) black leather outfits, Gareth Pugh S/S 2012 was all about sci-fy fantasy and mixing dark with light. I couldn't help but to be reminded of McQueen with some of the pieces and conceptual art that Pugh showed, but that aside, Gareth Pugh is such an innovative, genius designer that has so much to offer to the world of fashion.
The relatively new brand "Mugler" by Nicola Formichetti's show began with a short clip of one of his biggest fans, Lady Gaga. Although she did not make an appearance on the catwalk as she did last season, it was still an exciting way to kick off the show. Nicola Formichetti played with so much draping, layering, and mixing of cutting-edge shapes and silhouettes. The color palette remained mostly neutral, but as each look walked out, it was clear how much artistic and innovative thinking went into every single piece. This left me eager for what's in store for the future of this new designer.
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Today, September 27th, is the start of Paris fashion week: spring/summer 2011 ready-to-wear! Paris is where many of the top designers present their collections to the fashion world. I have come up with a schedule (above) with the highlights of some of the designers showing this week! The full schedule can be seen here ( http://www.modeaparis.com/en/fashion-shows/Schedules/Ready-to-wear ). I will be posting my favorite looks everyday from some of the designers above, and you can also follow along on my personal favorite website for fashion: style.com.
Marc by Marc Jacobs is personally one of the top shows I get excited to see during New York Fashion Week. Marc Jacobs seems to never disappoint, and he continues to top himself season after season after season!
This season Marc showed a fantastic 40s/70s fusion for both guys and girls for his Fall 2011 collection. It was sort of the more laid-back and effortless long-lost sister of his Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 collection (http://dressingupindaisies.onsugar.com/Marc-Jacobs-Spring-2011-RTW-Highl...). Like the previous collection, the Marc F/W 2011 collection showed amazing high-waisted pants, big floppy hats, and adorable jumpers in fun prints.
While mixed with an element of the forties, this collection fused the bold with the classic, fitted shirts with long skirts, and modest basics with a 70s sexy appeal. While flipping through these looks my mind just screams,"WANT, WANT, WANT...WANT!" This collection is so modern and so on point with what I think is going to be on trend this fall. It's so freaking cute in a sort of upscale Urban Outfitters-y way. The collection had a lot of fun and flirty pieces, but they all had FLAWLESS proportions and were worn in a very cool-girl, I'm-not-trying-too-hard way. And that goes back to the 70s-inspired attitude that Marc Jacobs did and excellent job of capturing for his show.
I couldn't talk about this collection without giving praises to the men's clothing. I LOVED the sweaters, coats, and awesome shoes that Marc dressed his boys in! Like the girls, the boys clothing was modern and urban, while still giving a stylish salute to past decades. Everything in this collection just pulled together and flowed so nicely from look to look. It was a perfect follow-up to last season, and has proved to be one of the most cohesive, modern, and wearble Marc by Marc Jacobs collections yet!
One of the most exciting weeks for the fashion industry is finally here! Designers like Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Derek Lam, and Diane Von Furstenberg are showing their Fall/Winter 2011 collections this week in New York for the Mercedes-Benz fashion week! Stylists, makeup artists, photographers, designers, and other industry members fly out to NYC for this one magical week where they all come together to celebrate and marvel over the creations that some of the best designer's in the world have been working on for months. And one day, I might just be one of those amazing designers people will be flying around the world to see. :)
Here's the schedule for the Fall 2011 fashion week (I always use style.com to check out all the new shows the day they happen) :
I've never been a big Gucci fan, but I must say I am in love with this collection! The models walked out in shocking jewel tones and gold accessories. Fringes and tassels, a definite spring trend, were adorned to almost every look. Slick hair and bright red lips polished off the drop-crotch harem pants, seductive dresses, and tough tops. The color palette transitioned beautifully from jewel tones, beige, to black, all equally glamorous. The look was pure 70's glam (my favorite!) Frida Giannini created a sexy collection that would make Bowie proud.
*even though it says Audrey posted it, Lillian actually wrote this. :)
Dolce and Gabbana has to be one of my favorite designers, and their spring collection exceeded my expectations. Red leather shorts, picnic checks, floral everything, and even a peek of Snow White! The clothes were ridiculously adorable and surprisingly wearable. Bouquets of real roses, peonies, and ferns covered the runway. And don't forget those irresistibly adorable wedges! Almost a dozen floral chiffon maxi dresses finished off the show. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana proved they could deliver sex appeal, even in a floral sundress.
Gold glitter platforms, loose maxi-dresses, high-waisted silk pants, and a psychedelic color palette- all making up one of my favorite Marc Jacobs collections of all time.
This season Marc Jacobs took a total 180 from last season's collection, with exciting, lively, and 70's inspired pieces. I am in love with the glamorous easiness of this collection. The girls all look so amazing and electric, but they still have that 70's laid-back attitude. Marc mentioned, "I was at Naomi Campbell's birthday party in Cannes and all the girls wore these long dresses, and after dancing all night they hitched them up to the waist."
This collection obviously took its inspiration from the type of girls he encountered in Cannes: Girls that wanted to go out and have fun, and wear something that is just as glamorous and fabulous as they were. Thank God playfulness is back this season! I can't stand it when fashion trends get in too much of a "classic" rut. Leave it to Marc Jacobs to bring something new and daring to the fashion world after a season of seeing far too many camel sweaters.