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Paris Fashion Week – Top 5 Shows


At last we come to Paris….

The atmosphere in Paris this week was exciting as designers continued to present enthralling shows to the fashion folk. Alber Elbaz’s 10 year anniversary show at Lanvin had the crowd cheering as bright and uplifting colours made their way down the runway and as Alber sang a solo to take his bow. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is at the top of his game. The confident designer showed a gothic, romantic show. With a collection mostly containing black, it was the slight shift of colour at the end that made the show. The Yves Saint Laurent show was a special one. Since taking over the label in 2004 Stefano Pilati announced he was leaving. His final collection payed tribute to the great Saint Laurent with a Pilati twist! Alexander McQueen continued to be one of the star shows of Fashion Week. Sarah Burton’s feminine petal-like silhouettes took my breath away. Finally Louis Vuitton closed the four weeks of fashion shows. Marc Jacobs’ (Creative Director) 1930’s inspired show included Willy Wonka shaped glasses, servants carrying the models luggage and a steam train. Now whats more glamorous than that?

Louis Vuitton

Alexander McQueen

Lanvin

Yves Saint Laurent

Givenchy

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Paris Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Yves Saint Laurent

A collection that entirely contained the color black may seem boring, but it was far from it. Creative Director Stefano Pilati went for quite a ‘mod’ look this season. Models sauntered down the runway in white shirts, black ties, loafers, etc… It all just fit together. There was quite a strong message traveling throughout the show, and it was to say…… WEAR LEATHER NEXT SEASON. Every single outfit that walked down the runway had a piece of leather included. The lapel on a blazer, the gloves, the jackets, the trousers, it all appeared everywhere. Of course we won’t complain about it as it was done so beautifully. Pilati really did it well this time, there was not a look out of place!

Yves Saint Laurent

Lanvin

I am always impressed with the fabric that is experimented in the Lanvin shows. For example the mohair surrounding the inside of a ‘mens’ coat or the orange striped PVC-like top. They never seem to disappoint. Tailoring was a huge part of this collection as it opened the show with an interesting color palette of  mustard, sky blue and deep red which then took us into black, which seems to be a big trend this season. With a wide range of choice, from chunky knit jumpers to patent leather, the Lanvin man will certainly be happy.

Lanvin

Balmain

This is only the second season for Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, but already it seems he has been there for years. Rousteing proved that he understands the house of Balmain inside and out. Skinny trousers paired with leather boots and exquisitely cut tailoring was shown throughout the collection. Not only did Rousteing show a collection of what we expected, he also showed pieces we did not. Like a wine velvet waistcoat or a chunky knit jumper he tucked into red trousers. All in all it was beautiful collection.

Balmain

Mugler

Three words….tailoring, tailoring, tailoring. Nicola Formichetti and Roamin Kremer decided to actually join the fashion industry with the tailoring trend this season instead of completely going the opposite direction. The show started quite safe with white shirts, black trousers and satin coats.  As the show continued fabrics such as PVC and colors such as wine and navy were introduced. The collection had a very minimalist feel throughout but had little twists here and there, like capes and even shirt dresses. I wonder who will wear those shirt dresses next season! Well done to Formichetti and Kremer, I wanted every piece.

Mugler

Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones created a collection for the man who travels this season. With oversized scarves, silk jackets and beautifully made trench coats, there was something for every man. Jones seems to have relaxed into his position as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton menswear because of his fabric choices. Kangaroo, Astrakhan, silk, need I say more? If the fabrics were adventurous, then it contrasted with the camel trench coats. Every man must have a trench coat and the ones in this collection were nothing but perfect. We must not forget the soft classic leather bags too. It all just came to a huge success.

Louis Vuitton

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Balenciaga – The seats may have collapsed before the show and the guests may have had to stand, but once the collection hit the runway it didn’t seem to matter. Nicolas Ghesquiére (Creative Director) sent out unusual shapes with a new silhouette. Couture techniques and denim pants. What more could you want?

Balenciaga

Haider Ackermann – The new kid on the block proved at his show this season that he knows how to rock a colour palette. Every colour in the rainbow and beyond were present as the models moved slowly and swiftly down the runway. I have big hopes for this designer….very big hopes.

Haider Ackermann

Chanel – For Fall we were among the rocks and soils as models floated down the graveled runway in a colour palette consisting of mostly grey and black. This season we dug even deeper through the rock and soil, reaching the magical mystery of underwater. Karl Lagerfeld created contrast with a colour palette of white and cream compared to last seasons grey and black. A light and refreshing collection for Spring. To top it all off, Florence Welch appeared out of a sea pearl to debut her new song.

Chanel

Alexander McQueen – A lot of pressure was on Sarah Burton this season. It is the collection after the Royal Wedding dress. Did she impress? Oh yes indeed! Burton, like Chanel, had an underwater vibe to it. The range of sea creatures expanded as more and more shapes started to appear. Bravo Sarah, you have done it right again.

Alexander McQueen

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs always has a way to shock the crowd. As guests took their seats facing the plain white runway, the center lifted up to reveal a caraousel with each model on white wooden horses. The crowds reaction set the exciting atmosphere.  A collection of pastels, peplums,feathers, and the amazing Kate Moss made it’s way around the rotating carousel. What will Marc do next?

Louis Vuitton

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The Time Has Come


Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for. The Royal Wedding. As Ms. Middleton takes her first steps down the aisle, revealing her dream dress to the whole world, I hope it lives up to everyones expectations. It could make or brake the day.

The Engagement Picture

Almost More importantly, who will the designer be? For a while it was rumoured to be John Galliano, but after he hit a personal low earlier this year, the rumours suddenly disappeared. After that it was Stella Mc Cartney, but that did not last long. When Alexander McQueen’s collection at Paris Fashion Week consisted of mostly white and ending in wedding dresses, everyone tipped Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen) as the lucky designer. I must admit for quite a while I thought it was Burton too. Even Editor-at-Large of American Vogue – Andre Leon Talley – said she is the designer to do it. As it is getting closer to the day I now feel the designer might be unkown.

Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011

There are so many questions to be answered. Will it be big and flamboyant or simple and elegant? Will she have a vail or tiara? Who is designing the shoes? What about make-up and hair? I just hope her dress compliments her well and is as beautiful as we hope and please God do not let her trip down the aisle!

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