Paris Fashion Week wrapped with an endearing letter from Nicolas Ghesquière, placed on everyone’s seat, before debuting his first collection for Louis Vuitton.
I could appreciate his sincerity, as he had some big shoes to follow after Marc Jacobs. But he held his own, with architectural structures and playful, retro patterns.
Trends spotted: Technicolor, V-shape, Shearling, Venetian patterns, neutrals
Below, my final selections: Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Hermés
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Chanel show. The “supermarket” was a spectacular event, bright and filled with the notion of play. It was refreshing to see such a light-hearted show, especially after all the dark and futuristic showings in Paris.
Trends spotted: Floral, butterflies, birds, saturated color, fur and fragmented graphics
Below, selections from Chanel, Valentino, Paul & Joe and Alexander McQueen
Roses, and wine… two of my favorite things that I saw replicated on Day Seven to great effect by Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli. So much romance in the fall…
Trends spotted: Roses, flowers, gold, emerald
Below, selections from Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro
The entire Chloe collection was just so romantic; I could take it all. I’m loving the switch up of color palettes that are typically seen in spring, like the pastels and brights.
Trends spotted: animal prints, butterflies, skin, neon green
Below, selections from Kenzo, Celine, John Galliano, Chloé and Givenchy
I love that alot of the designers aren’t sticking to the typical muted colors that are usually seen in fall collections. The bold pinks, oranges, and yellows, were just so refreshing, I saw them as an awesome pick-me-up for the colder months to come. Genius considering the horrible winter we’ve had on the East Coast.
Trends spotted: fragments, angled leather, sparkled, embellished tops, typography
Below, selections from Chalayan, Christian Dior, Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela
Rihanna brought some big star power to Lanvin in her fur body wrap, which I adored, practicality be damned. My favorite show of the day was Balmain, whose leopard print, rich greens and vibrant tropical colors took me to the rich forests of central Africa.
Trends spotted: galaxy, forests, knits, furs, sci-fi
Below, the best of Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain, Rick Owens, and Lanvin
A recurring trend seems to be neon colors, bold graphics, and glittery mashups. This fall looks like its going to be a whole lot of fun thanks to the designers stepping out of typical color patterns and silhouettes and trying something a bit more off-kilter.
Trends spotted: patterns, technicolor, plants, lime green.
Below, a sampling from Dries Van Noten, Rochas, Gareth Pugh (whose collection I actually liked this season because he brought it back to Earth), Vionnet and Alexis Mabille
Day one in Paris was pretty quiet, and I took a look at some quietly known and under-the-radar designers to get started. I enjoyed the subliminal graphics and icons, and tribute to Jean Michel Basquiat by Lucien Pellat Finet was a favorite of mine.
Trends spotted: Oversized, graphic messaging
Below, highlights from Lucien Pellat Finet, Moon Young Hee, Pascal Millet, and Dévastée