Paris is absolutely my favorite of the Fashion Weeks. There is just something about the city that makes the clothes more magical, more beautiful, more aspirational even. Below I have edited down some of my favorite collections of the Fall 2011 season. The rest will be posted shortly. For now please enjoy A-C.
Sarah Burton’s second collection for Alexander McQueen boasted some stunning gowns, fit for a Queen (hint Ms. Middleton). The fairly small collection was almost exclusively black and white, very Victorian and full of luxurious fur and structure.
Head designer of Balmain, Christophe Decarnin, has regretfully checked himself into a hospital due to depression, and did not work a lot on the line this season, but despite that the old world house pulled through and created a luxe tomboy ish line. I appreciated the departure from the safety pins and ripped tees, the sequin dresses and metallic fabrics are so fabulous.
Cacharel’s show was interesting, half was the beautiful flower design and the other half was the very simple neutral colored separates, both were equally wearable and modern.
Admittedly the Celine show this season was not as great as it was in the past, but the four looks above I found to be the exception. Fur is clearly not going anywhere (yay!) and for some reason I cannot get that pink suit out of my head.
Hannah MacGibbon didn’t get the best review of this season’s Chloe collection, there was too much snakeskin and not enough of her beautiful 70’s camel pieces that made the line so popular again. However, I really loved the leather pants and these new colors she is introducing for Fall.
Seeing that I am not a “tomboy” in the least (though you should have seen me in the 90’s) I wasn’t a huge fan of Chanel and all of the skirts over pants and boyish clothing. It was mainly black and dark colors, and I feel like only models can pull off the skirt/dress over pants look. But I did love some of the chiffon dresses and black jumpsuits, it is Chanel after all.
PFW (Paris Fashion Week) Day 2 featured one of my all time favorite design houses, Nina Ricci. The current designer for the legendary brand is Peter Copping, and I was extremely happy with the collection he produced. I felt that he kept the old world Parisian charm of the original designs but updated them in a way that felt completely fresh and inspiring.
I have always had this minor obsession with Nina Ricci. I think it because it is always undeniably girly and feminine but still very sophisticated and it never looks like dress up. The clothes are beautifully made and always classic.
I also threw in a little Balmain, designed by Christope Decarnin, to show how another older design house can be completely turned on its head, but still look great.
Well, kind of.
This past week I have been obsessed with finding the perfect pair of skinny green pants, cargo-esque. However, I am not prepared to spend $6,540 on the amazing leather Balmain ones (obviously) and I really, really don’t feel like saving up money for the J Brand ones at $225. (And since my last pair of J Brand leggings ripped after a few weeks in a rather unfortunate place at a rather unfortunate time, I am not very inclined to save for them.)
So this morning, I get a personal email from Rachel Zoe (okay, I subscribe to her emails, whatever) and apparently I am not the only one with this military obsession. She is too!
In her emails called “The Zoe Report” she picks an item each day that she “loves” and writes about it and such but then at the way bottom of the email there is a part that is called “Parallel Universe” which is a lower priced item similar to the expensive designer one.
So there are now green cargo pants at Lucky Brand for $79.95, and though they aren’t nearly as cute as the other two pants it is still a much better price and a total possibility.
I think this shows that Rachel Zoe and I have ESP…or a similar fashion sense, either of which I am perfectly fine with.
Balmain pants that started it all.
Balmain pants from Rachel Zoe's email.
J Brand Cargo Pants
Lucky Brand Cargo Pants