10 Looks We Love From Paris Fashion Week

28.12.10

Perusing the shows and collections from Paris Fashion Week is always a good reminder of why we love this world so much. 


The attention to detail, the theater, the fabrics, the surprises. It's an amalgamation of craft and vision, and that's why it's always SO hard to choose favorite looks from the myriad of miracles. 


This time around, we chose 10 that seemed to personify not only the dexterity of this round of spring/summer shows but also the old and amazing ideas of fine ready-to-wear that were made new again. And by new, we mean completely amazing. 




Check out the looks that made the cut of killer runway moments.






Chanel: When we read that WWD declared Karl's latest delivery "Brilliant!" we really couldn't agree more. Just look at this tour de griege...well, brilliant!





Alexander McQueen: There was so much to love about this gothic-fairy'esque collection, but, when push comes to shove, we'll take a black lace and beaded pantsuit any day of the week.




John Galliano: If for no other reason, we should all consult Galliano when we need to be reminded that fashion is so much about risk, impracticality, and the unknown. At least those are the things that make it fun and inspiring...like this little number. It shouldn't work, but delightfully, it does.




Dries van Noten: Let's be honest, there's rarely a DVN collection that we don't like. However, this one, which was rife with soft, creamy pastels pierced with dark tones like this look, reminded us why this designer really can do no wrong.





Prada: Again, this is one of those looks that should likely be a disaster, but somehow Miuccia Prada is the kind of mad scientist that makes it a masterpiece instead of a mess.





Stella McCartney: Moments during Stella McCartney's show may have almost looked dowdy given the simplicity of the shapes and the palette, but in this designer's hands, an all-white suit like this is absolutely dazzling.





Louis Vuitton: What didn't we love about Marc's latest fanciful ode to Louis Vuitton? And yes, hands down, this is what we want to wear to our next party.





Fendi: One of the best recent collections from Fendi yet, this skirt look was reminiscent of something Sigourney Weaver might have worn on the weekends in Working Girl...only cooler.





YSL: Having just watched the old Yves Saint Laurent documentary, it seems this collection may have well dipped deep into the house's archives. While we adore all the references to the '70s, there's something utterly modern and yet still extremely YSL about this dreamy skirt "suit."






Celine: We can't imagine anyone on the planet other than Phoebe Philo who could mix oxblood with periwinkle and make it not only work, but SING.



Style Watch: 2011's Top Trends!

No one can deny that 2010 was a seriously good year for fashion. But with a new year on the horizon, it's the top trends of 2011 that have our full attention. If you track back to any of ourFashion Week roundups, you'll see that there were plenty of trends to get excited about. And now, with spring right around the corner (well, almost!), we're circling back to get you up to speed on what you need to prep your closet for. So, without further adieu, here are the best and biggest trends of 2011...and yes, we're already on the hunt for pajama bottoms.

1. That '70s ShowFrom the wide-leg trouser to the sexiest classic halter top, the '70s are back (again!) in a big way.

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Above, from left: The '70s trend on the spring 2011 runways at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Tory Burch.

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Above, from left: The '70s trend on the spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Rodarte.









2. The Return Of MinimalismPhoebe Philo started it at Céine this year, but for 2011 it's all the other silky, simple separates, neutral tones, white-washed palettes, and future-friendly utilitarian details like paramilitary straps that have positioned this trend as a Big One for 2011.

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Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at 3.1 Philip Lim, Richard Chai Love, Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone.

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Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, and Calvin Klein Collection.









3. Going LongDowdy or not, fuller, longer, smarter looking skirts, dresses, and their maxi siblings have been giving minis a major run for their money. Call it a grown-up moment; You can bet your bottom dollar that, come spring, those thighs of yours will be staying nicely undercover.

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Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander; Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection.

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Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at DKNY, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Proenza Schouler.











4. Printed MatterEven if everyone is copying, we still can't get enough of prints. And spring/summer basically turned up the volume: think bigger, louder, more playful and expressive than ever, from the sweet fruit prints at Suno and Prada to bold animal prints that were...well, everywhere.

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Above, from left: Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Prada.

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Above, from left: Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, Z Spoke.











5. Block Party—The palette for the season was super intense with bright orange, turquoise, honeysuckle pink, and yellow dominating. A lot of designers played with pairing multiple intense colors together, which provided a beyond bold effect.

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Above, from left: The bright color trend at Peter Som, Karen Walker, Christopher Kane, Rachel Roy.

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Above, from left: The bright color trend at Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Z Spoke.











6. Pajama GameLoose and lovely loungewear inspired many a runway with drapey weekend trousers, matching printed tops and bottoms, and nightgown-esque slip dresses. While this might be one of the tougher trends to pull off, it offers an interesting nod to the shift in modern sportswear...sexy, casual, and very appealing.

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Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Thakoon, and Ralph Lauren. 

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Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at BCBG Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, Karen Walker, D&G.


The 10 Most Outrageous Fashion Week Stunts

You can't underestimate the importance of shock value in the world of fashion

Some of the most memorable style moments have been ones that confused, mystified, and intrigued us all at the same time (think Gaga's raw meat dress). While pulling an outrageous act can sometime backfire (Janet Jackson's Nipplegate scandal, anyone?) it will undoubtedly attract loads of attention. 

And all press is good press... right? After all, you know what they say—fortune favors the bold. 



Here are 10 stunts from Fashion Week that we'll never forget.




A man dressed as Waldo was spotted at the Charlotte Ronson show during the spring '09 shows. Unfortunately, there wasn't a single striped stocking hat in her collection.




Jezebel writer Sadie Stein carried her large doll to this season's NYFW in an outfit matching her own. Surprisingly, she was a street style hit!



A blonde, plastic doll-human was seen all around this London Fashion Week, and even got herself snapped by Jak & Jil. So that's what it takes, huh.



Notorious call girl Ashley Dupre crashed the fall '09 Yigal Azrouel show where Kelly Cutrone and her staff at People's Revolution sat her front row. Cutrone was fired following the snafu.



3 stuntwomen staged the first ever vertical fashion show for High Street Fashion Week in Oxford Street, London on September 2010. High street, indeed!




We couldn't have done this roundup without talking about the king of stunts, Sacha Baron Cohen. His fashion news presenter alter ego, Bruno, crashed the runway at Agatha Ruiz de la Prada in September of 2008, displaying his expert skill in layering.




In Seoul, Korea, a department store celebrated its opening on August 2010 by hosting an underwater fashion show. Models swam around tanks while wearing traditional hanbok dresses.




Gaga's wig designer Charlie Le Mindu might have wanted to make sure his wigs were the focus of his runway show in September 2010, but sending down naked models might have been counterproductive.



Oh, PETA—always willing to flash a boob or two in the name of animals. Topless protesters stripped down at Lincoln Center this fashion week promoting "to-die-for" looks that no one had to die for.



Balding, topless models with whiskers walked the runways during the Patrick Mohn show at 2010 Berlin Fashion Week. Disturbing only begins to explain the collection.








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The 20 Prettiest Dresses From Fashion Month

Despite the inundation of new shoes, bags, jackets, and jewelry to look at, there's nothing like an inspirational, fantastical, gotta-have-it-now dress to get our credit cards hiding in fear. The spring 2011 runways were chockablock with frocks that rocked, and we've revisited our favorite designer shows to pick—in our opinion—the prettiest dresses of the season. The finalists, below.






Chloé 


Let's start off with the gorgeous goddess gown, shall we? This Chloé goddess dress is all kinds of perfect.





Dolce & Gabbana 


With lace, florals, and frills, this Dolce & Gabbana dress could have gone wrong, but somehow it ended up just as fresh as spring dew. We could imagine Carey Mulligan in this.







Christian Dior 


Galliano always puts a smile on our faces, and this liquid-sunshine Christian Dior gown has us grinning from ear to ear.







Marc Jacobs 


Marc Jacobs' spring collection was super '70s. This glamorous wine-colored satin dress gives us visions of Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.







Marchesa 


There were so many gorgeous dresses at Marchesa's spring show. We like this one in particular because it calls to mind a vintage gown found in a magical attic trunk (cobwebs still intact).







Valentino 


This gilded spring Valentino dress is equal parts sweet and glitzy







Gucci 


We couldn't resist the rich emerald hue of this spring 2011 Gucci cocktail dress. It reminds us of some chic, exotic bird.







Zac Posen 


Is this red-carpet ready or what? This Zac Posen gown is sheer drama. Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively will be fighting to wear this one.







Calvin Klein Collection 


With so many prints and frills on the spring runway, we were drawn to the incredible simplicity of this understated Calvin Klein Collection dress.








Temperley London 


The harness on this fishtail Temperley London gown belongs on a madam in a saloon-town brothel. But maybe we're just letting our imaginations get away from us.








Carven 


For everyday dresses, this Carven frock is our top contender. We wonder if Alexa Chung has already placed her personal order yet.








Peter Pilotto 


Always using a hodgepodge of prints and fabrics, Peter Pilotto is one of fashion's most adroit mix masters. This sheer dress has the lightness of silk scarves








Prabal Gurung 


Feathers are tough to wear without feeling like an ostrich doing burlesque, but this champagne strapless dress' length and proportions are so lusciously classy.









Victoria Beckham


Vicky's got the dress thing down pat, and this long black dress with sleeves and a slit is way sexy for its ilk.










Jason Wu


Talk about the perfect day dress. With a lacy bra and a sharp blazer, this has Uptown Girl written all over it.








D&G 


The length, frills, and patterns makes us want to toss out our NY apartment keys and head for the countryside. So milkmaid chic!









Lanvin 


Lanvin's usually great for flowing, ethereal concoctions, but we haven't seen a LBD so subversively sexy in a long time.









Alexander McQueen 


Sarah Burton payed homage to McQueen's sensibilities while injecting some movement and fluidity into his high-drama dresses. This was our favorite example of the meshing of the two worlds.










Catherine Malandrino 


Anyone getting married soon? This twisted goddess dress is made for walking down the aisle.










Chanel 


We couldn't have a dress roundup without including Chanel. This flirty drop-waist frock updates the '20s silhouette for the modern woman.




Courtesy Refinery29