Well hello my sweet readers! Ready for your fashion fix of the day? This time I’m gonna give you Paris, who doesn’t love Paris? And when it’s Paris and Fashion Week, it’s more than just the city of love. This is the first post of my series about PFW. And since the line-up is really, really long, let’s start with our first fab five from the city of lights!
BALENCIAGA S/S 2012
Definitely one of the most expected shows in PFW. Fashionistas all over the globe wait eagerly for the moment they get to see what the great Nicolas Ghesquiere will be showing on the runway. He never disappoints, seriously, he never seizes to amaze. Not even the crashing benches that left the front row standing did any harm, hey there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Plus, he did deserve a standing ovation. With the music from Twin Peaks playing, the show was stunning from the start. It was hard not to fall in love with every single one of the color-blocked looks.
First came the contrast between the oversized jackets with wide shoulders and those tiny but perfectly executed shorts, both in iridiscent materials. The collection was all about Ghesquiere’s take on futurism, and what a jaw-dropping take! He gave us high-waisted shorts, tailored jeans and trousers, printed blouses and lots of waist! In the end, a gorgeous and eye-catching cellophane skirt. It was all about construction, dramatic shapes and all the genius that is Mr. Ghesquiere.
BALMAIN S/S 2012
All eyes were on this one, on young Olivier Rousteing’s debut for the french house. Will he keep on with Decarnin’s legacy? Will he give it a twist? Will he change the brand completely? Will he return to the company’s roots? Many questions were asked, but in the end Rousteing stayed true to what he learned from his mentor, Christophe Decarnin, but he made it his. The collection had all the influences from the previous designer, but it also had the young designer’s twist. It was all so gold, so baroque, so rocker meets cowboy, meets chic, meets Vegas. Iza Goulart, Arizona Muse and Anja Rubik were among the amazons that walked the runway for Balmain this season.
The looks: high-waisted leather trousers and short shorts with a skin-tight fit, detailed mini skirts paired with simple, white tops, cropped jackets, studs and chains. Embellishments were everywhere, as expected. What killed us, those two floral looks you can see above, talk about some lust. In the end, it all seemed so Balmain but so new at the same time. It was refreshing and I loved it, I hope you did too!
CARVEN S/S 2012
Oh Carven, I beg you to please come in at night and enter my closet and stay there for as long as I live. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands in the whole world. And even if the whole world thing sounds a bit childish, it’s true. There wasn’t a single piece form the collection that didn’t make me want to go out and rob the nearest bank. It was all so retro and all so cute, plus the prints and graphics were beyond beautiful (thank you Guillaume Henry). It was all so wearable and fun. I’m in serious need of that mustard, leather dress you can see above.
Cut-out dresses, high-waisted shorts, flippy skirts and perfectly tailored jackets were among the garments the french designer presented on the runway. The inspiration was something like schoolgirl meets The Sound of Music. It was all in perfect sync. With a collection like this, who doesn’t want to be a Carven girl?
CELINE S/S 2012
Phoebe Philo knows what she does best and sticks to it, and so far it has been always a winning formula. She has mastered quite well the art of minimalism, and it shows. For this collection, the designer’s color palette was mainly white, black and emerald green, with a touch of burgundy and a vivid red. The shapes and cuts were executed to perfection, the tailoring itself deserved a standing ovation.
Volume trousers, mid skirts, some pleated, some in leather, some with movement, structured tops with peplums (that leather peplum one, score!), architectural garments and complicated but beautiful constructions. The waist, once again, enhanced by wide belts and it was all about playing with proportions. Another hit for the french house, we are so getting used to that.
CHALAYAN S/S 2012
You have to love a designer that loves to play a part, that loves to dress up. That’s the case of Hussein Chalayan. He had done it before and he did it again, this time dressed as a waiter and pouring champagne to his models. The collection was clean, perfectly executed and very innovative from my point of view. Three things very characteristic of him. It all started with neutrals, black, cream, white and beige in blazers and structured garments.
Little by little, the show seemed to grow in full bloom with Mr. Chalayan’s beautiful prints. Shift dresses, printed ones, others with panels. It was overall an interesting collection. More interesting is the character who designed it.
It’s all about the parisian chic! What’s more chic and romantic than lace! For this ensemble, I went for the cutest dress from TOPSHOP in tan. This little number from Jones and Jones drops from the waist into tiny pleats creating volume. To add more chic details, this tassel Gucci belt is the perfect accessory. For the bag, there’s nothing more classic and pretty than the Hermes Constance, also in tan.
Enough with the tan already! To take things more over the dramatic side, some burgundy platform pumps from Sergio Rossi.
For the jewelry, brace yourself for the most beautiful necklace my eyes have seen. It’s from MAWI and it gives the whole ensemble and unexpected twist with a gorgeous result. The green hues and the gold blend in perfectly with the dress and the other accessories. Some arm candy can never do any harm, so to keep on with the green vibe, the hermes Kelly Double Tour.
For beauty, an updo is definitely the way to go and matching the lips to the shoes makes it even more fun. This lipstick is “Sweet Cherry” by Laura Mercier, a master in the make up division!
As promised, this is the first post from Paris. One down, two to go (or maybe three, the shows to review are so many it’s hard to choose from the bunch). Anyway for more scoop, keep checking back. Read away, comment away and keep on visiting.
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