Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Paris Fashion Week Round-up #2

I'm sorry if this post seems really truncated or like I'm skipping a lot of shows, it's just with the Oscars and prom posts all the Fashion Week stuff has piled up and I had almost 200 bookmarked slides to go through, and I'm easily intimidated by large numbers. So. This is like Paris Fashion Week condensed!

Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton: I need this YSL coat. The fitted body against the flaring, dramatic collar--it's almost a little aviator with a dash of military overcoat, and the fur lining adds just enough dark glamour. I loved, loved, loved the Louis Vuitton show, especially the model casting. Marc cast models of a ton of different ages and body types (Victoria's Secret models! Curvy!), like Lara Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The shift of emphasis from legs to cleavage seems to be a growing movement (also seen at Prada), and it seems sweetly retro while wholly modern at the same time. I'm 99% sure that this third dress is a wedding dress, and even if it isn't, I would totally wear it as one. I mean, if you want drama on your wedding day, here it is.

Chanel, Chanel, Alexander McQueen: So there were icebergs at Chanel. Yes. Icebergs. Karl flew/shipped in icebergs. Who's surprised? Not me. Aside from all the Chewbacca fur suits, there were some really chic little suits and dresses. I don't really know what's going on with the embellishment on this first dress, but it looks simultaneously deconstructed and arts and craftsy. The slightly retro, simple silhouette is the perfect canvas for all the detailing, and love the white boots. That second dress is made out of deconstructed rosettes! So fab. The roses themselves are inherently precious and glam, but the melancholy color palette makes it hauntingly romantic. Also the placement of the black at the waist is really flattering. The McQueen show still went on, and I think it was one of his best shows to date--the aesthetic was modernism meets Medieval cathedrals. This dress is so sculptural, especially at the bodice, but the lightness of the fabric keeps it from being stiff or unwearable. Wouldn't it be a really interesting red carpet choice?

Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Celine: What Stella McCartney does with sheerness and lace is just so genius. She manages to take all the frou-frou, antiquidated girliness out of lace and make it modern and minimalist. I love that the cut of the dress is so clean, and then she throws in a little peplum skirt and red over nude lace for an insanely wearable, chic piece. Who doesn't want to wear that? Or this Giambattista Valli princess dress? I'm warming up to the fishtail silhouette--it's just so princessy and whimsical. The sheer effect on the body of the dress adds a little bit of edge to contrast all that fluffy girliness. It's like Calvin Klein on top and Luisa Beccaria on the bottom. The coats at Celine were to DIE for. I would do terrible things for this coat. With the organic emphasis on the shoulders and the pointed hem it's a little military and a little Matrix, in the best possible way.

Collette Dinnigan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior: Um, that as a wedding dress? Hello. I mean, if you want to feel like a princess, this is the dress for you. The heavily beaded bodice and the asymmetrical straps weigh down the light layers of the skirt, and the overall effect is equal parts Medieval and ballerina. I want to be able to casually throw on a fur like this look at JPG. A casual fur with that messy side-braid = the perfect amount of disheveled chic. John Galliano specializes in floaty, boudoir gowns. I love this look because of the juxtaposition of the sheer fabric and all those Victorian, girly ruffles and flounces, and then you throw in the equestrian boots for an unexpected, dominatrax twist. This on the red carpet would be SO amazing.

Lanvin, Lanvin, Balmain: Oh, Alber Envaz. He looks like a little penguin, and he's brilliant. That's a winning combination. This LBD is the perfect mixture of draped and tailored, classic and modern. It's a very ladylike take on the asymmetrical little cocktail dress, and it somehow manages to look dress even though that look has been done ad nasueam. This second dress almost has an armored, Joan of Arc feeling to it--very strong and powerful, but also very feminine. The subtle mixture of metallics makes the basic silhouette pop, and the attached necklace embellishment is so, so Lanvin. Balmain is still full of strong-shouldered little cocktail dresses, but this one stood out for its Baroque fringe-esque draping. The contrast between the soft drape of the gold and the strong, architectural shape of the dress is really unique.

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