Friday, March 2, 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2012 Favs Part One

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Balenciaga // For the label's FW 12 collection, Nicolas Ghesquière delivered an array of 80's inspired ensembles. I really admire Nicolas and his use of color, it seems like he always knows how to mix and match or color block with brights and metallics. I also adore his ability to mix textures and fabrics, because I really don't think anyone else can do it quite like him. From coats with wide sleeves to the graphic print detailing, the collection was futuristic, strong, and chic. How insane are those shoes?! View the full collection here.

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Balmain // Making his sophomore debut at the house of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing presented a collection that was surprisingly inspired by Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection of Fabergé eggs. Rousteing continued the houses' signature military chicness with structured jackets, but took the collection to another level with jewel encrusted body hugging numbers and outerwear and pant pieces in fine colored velvets. Despite the classic Balmain references, the collection was ultra sexy and kudos for Rouseting being able to keep Balmain's modern edge. View the full collection here.

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Carven // I came across Carven when I went to visit a girlfriend at a boutique she works at and I instantly fell in love with the line. The quality was absolutely divine and the shapes and lines were so incredible clean it was mouth watering. This season the collection had a variety of color from mustard yellows, vivid reds, cobalt blues, and blacks. Designer Guillaume Henry, did a fantastic job making the collection a tad quirky, practical, elegant, and modern. Carven girls where you at?! View the full collection here.

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Dior // Despite all the Dior drama, Bill Gayten continues to run the helms of Dior and took to the fashion houses' archives for inspiration for the FW 12 collection. From demure 40's and 50's inspired silhouettes with a matching demure color palette of greys, blacks, taupes, and burgundy, Gayten was able to deliver a lovely refinement to the classic Dior woman. How amazeballs is Kate King in her bright fuchsia colored number? Again, Gayten's RTW collection is my favorite compared to his couture presentation months ago. View the full collection here.

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Dries Van Noten // Continuing with the strong Asian inspired trends this season, the FW 12 presentation for Dries was influenced by designs in London's Victoria and Albert Museum. From streamlined silhouettes with dragon or floral prints, the Van Noten women was stylish and decadent. From the fur adorned parkas, delicate dresses and skirts to the strong use of orange, turquoise, jade, citrus, and ivory hues, the Belgian designer sent out a strong, fresh, and distinctly modern collection. Those shoes?!! View the full collection here.

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Isabel Marant // Trends do not exist in the world of Marant and that's precisely why I love the Paris based designer. I've been a loyal fan of both her and her equally as genius husband/designer, Jerome Dreyfuss for a few years now, because they really understand the essence of cool. Don't right no fuss from their southwestern inspired collection with classic feminine ruffles with modest hemlines to casual denim and leather. Touches of metallic and leather fringe added to the theme with a muted color palette and punch of color from cobalt blues to pinks. I want my own pair of Dicker boots! View the full collection here.

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Nina Ricci // Easily one of my favorite collections coming out of Paris Fashion Week. Creative director, Peter Copping sent out dark elegance with sultry colors of black, burgundy, plum, and greys. Despite the dark colors, the Ricci woman was very much chic and sexy with hourglass silhouettes, lace, sheer, modest hemlines, and fur embellished gloves. The accessories including the jewelry, shoes, eye wear, and bags heightened the collection from chic to super luxurious and managed to give the classic Ricci woman sophistication with a touch of edge. View the full collection here.

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