Runway Review Snippets: Our top 5 from Paris are Balenciaga, Chloe, Miu Miu, Rick Owens, Carven
Paris Fashion Week, as always is the most directional of cities when it comes to silhouettes and attitudes.
This season, without exception, the Parisian runways offered a dramatic shift in form to a more oversized, almost cocoon shape and many with strong exaggerated shoulders. A shape that is strikingly visual on the runway and may need some modifying for the everyday woman not to appear bulky.
>> MORE: Fashion Shows and Runway ReviewsThere’s a very distinct shift in shapes that you should note, both for next fall, and what you can scout on on the racks now. Did you notice that Chloe made it on our list again? Yes, it’s a favorite collection here.
Our Naveed Hussain shares his Top Five Best of Paris Fashion Week for you… videos too. — S.H.
Paris is and has always been the highlight of every season and Fall 2011 was full of tremendous fashion. The kind of fashion that makes us take note at what we not only want for ourselves but how we see the shape of fashion progressing. Here’s a look at the city’s most exceptional outings…
All of the elements Nicolas Ghesquiere has been toying with over the past few seasons rigorously came together to create one of Balenciaga’s most wearable collections in ages, and one of it’s best. Adding a new midi-length to the line-up along with a vibrant classical floral wallpaper print worked to freshen up his articulated techno-chic propositions. More on Balenciaga.
Chloe’s Hannah MacGibbon has clearly got a new found thing for snakeskin this season and her plays with leather & various skins mixed with the house’s signature forever-cool Parisian girl nonchalance made for a slick parade of beautifully crafted pieces that looked simultaneously precious, energetic, and somehow quirky while all generously easy on the wear. More on Chloe, including runway review.
Every season needs a touch of retro flair and while Miuccia Prada has channeled the 40’s many times over, her reworking of the era for Fall 2011 came with a restrained sophistication that felt achingly hip. A strong shoulder line, abbreviated proportions, graphic collars and an obi-like pouf panel at the waist made a case for straight forward, confident glamour. More on Miu Miu.
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Last season we saw Rick Owens elevate his distinctive tribal urbanite to an intoxicating sci-fi goth-couture hybrid and Fall’s layered styling of signature cashmere knits managed to elicit the kind of elusive heady glamour not often associated with his brand of modernity. More on Rick Owens.
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In just a few seasons Carven has quite possibly become one of our favorite contemporary brands due in major part to the simple fact that everything about whats for grabs is flawlessly appropriate, impeccably styled and uniquely on trend. And that in itself is quite a feat considering the abundant market we now think it dominates(sartorially, that is). Every single look was right-on, just like our other favorites from Paris. More on Carven
Other stand outs full of enough must-have product to literally break your bank many times over included Alexander McQueen, Celine, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Limi Feu, Undercover, Valentino, Veronique Leroy & YSL. — Naveed Hussain
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