Fashion Show: Paris Fashion Week

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall 2010 Collection.

Sequins, minis, chains and lots of gold once again dominated at Balmain. Christophe Decarnin delivered the power dressing he has become known for with 80s inspired dresses, bold shoulders, and detailed jackets. His designs have become synonymous with Parisian fashion and for Fall 2010 there was no shortage of sexy!

Paris Fashion Week: RM by Roland Mouret.
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Roland Mouret is well known for his form-fitting cocktail dresses. This season, however, the designer chose to stray away from his signature a bit to give the RM woman a more comprehensive wardrobe. Day looks included pleat-front coats, short body-hugging jackets, and relaxed trousers. Evening attire consisted of skinny crocodile leggings, zippered party frocks, and carefully worked gowns. With so many choices, where do we begin? Is one of each asking too much?

Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton.
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Marc Jacobs conjured up all things eighties (minus the hair bands and leg warmers) in his fall and winter 2009 collection for Louis Vuitton with an elegant dose of iconic Parisian sensibility. The fashion favorite put his Midas touch on short bubble skirts, peplum jackets with fierce shoulder pads, and enough tulle and lace to dress the cast of a 1980s Molly Ringwald film. Handbags were given a divine punk rock twist with patent leather, ruffles, and studs that gave ‘ol Louis a young edge. We couldn’t get enough. With all the pep-squad spirit and 80s rebellion, Marc still managed to keep the outfits chic and upscale so they didn’t turn into costumey pieces that said “I’m headed to a themed college party.” This collection is perfect for a woman with a playful side and an eternal lust for power and luxury.
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Paris Fashion Week: Herme's.
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Holy Amelia Earhart. Hermès F/W 2009 had us channeling our inner aviatrix. Goggles, flying caps, and Casablanca tunes transported us away from Paris Fashion Week and into a world of smoky Jazz clubs and secret rendezvous. Jean Paul Gaultier worked his magic to create leather skirt suits and leggings, satin gowns, thin crocodile coats, and umpteen amounts of 1940s style bombers in shades of mahogany, purple, black, and grey. All in all, this collection had an Old Hollywood feel with a modern day appeal that left us flying high.

Paris Fashion Week: Valentino.
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For Fall 2009, Valentino delivered a conservatively elegant collection worthy of diplomats, aristocrats, and First Ladies. New designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli contrasted tan, black, and the iconic Valentino red with turquoise, yellow, and wine for a rich and diverse palette. Pleated sheaths, coats weighted in fox fur, bejeweled cardis, and demure suits all appeared ready for Oval Office discussions and Rose Garden press conferences. Michelle Obama would look divine in all of it! For those of us without grand ballrooms and White House digs, a sheath or two will do along with an evening coat. Splurge on a signature Valentino gown if you can. As ladies (First and otherwise) we must always remember, dress for the position you want, not the position you’re in.

Supermodels Take to the Runway at the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 Show.


When Elle McPherson closes a show you know it’s special. On Wednesday afternoon the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show paid tribute to The Speedy, the brand’s iconic bag that made its debut over 80 years ago. Fittingly creative director Marc Jacobs used some of fashion’s most iconic faces to show the 1930s inspired collection. More buxom than usual, Jacob’s added curvier woman in the form of Bar Rafaeli, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, and McPherson to his roster of models. Taking to the sunny catwalk, which went around a working fountain, it was an elegant walk in the park for Jacobs and his girls. Rafaeli, who is in town for just a few days before heading to Israel, takled her nerves with a bit of exercise. “I ran along the Seine this morning and I’m feeling good, ” she said. McPherson was feeling pretty dandy herself, fielding interviewed from behind a stantion. “It was a very special experience, ” she said of sporting the last look. This season LV had a contagious joie de vivre that prevailed backstage after the show where champagne flowed and Jacob’s proudly accepted accolades. Cheers to the best show in Paris thus far! ~Nola Weinstein.


Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2010 Collection.


On Monday evening Paris’ Grand Palais was transformed into the chicest convent around as Stefano Pilati presented the Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2010 collection. Opening looks featured nun - like hats, and somber black attire, while exaggerated collars and wide leg pants made for elegantly modest looks. The designer added a bit of protection in the form of PVC coated capes and plastic inserts. After a series of dark looks, the show closed with a burst of brightness. Pink, green, yellow and cobalt satin creations left the crowd in a jovial mood. Pilati’s use of color would have done the late Yves Saint Laurent proud. And we’re sure that those who were lucky enough to see the YSL retrospective across the street at the Petit Palais days later could see just how important the brand’s heritage is. ~Nola Weinstein

Moncler Gamme Rouge Fall 2010 Collection.
Cold weather has never been so desirable. In the frigid Parisian air, the fashion set had the opportunity to check out Moncler's latest collection of outerwear. Giambattista Valli presented his designs Tuesday afternoon just beside The Ritz in Paris. Looks were both futuristic and luxe, with several vignettes showcasing a variety of silhouettes. Fuzzy white jackets were lined up on identical mannequins, while a detailed orange puffer was highlighted in a vault. Short gray numbers were adorned with scale-like paillettes, while black coat dresses were enhanced with pleated adornments. Brooke Shields stopped by to greet Valli and scope out his creations. “These look very cozy!” she said. And we continue to think that Moncler's is the chicest way to brave the elements! ~Nola Weinstein

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