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.
Phoebe Philo won Designer of the Year last night at the British Fashion Awards and I couldn’t be happier for her!
I will have more on that award show later, but as a bit of a teaser, some of my favorite ladylike purses from her S/S 2011 collection!
I live three blocks away from one of the best weekly flea markets in Manhattan. Though it is entirely coincidental I am still a huge flea market goer and scavenger and I did not pick the location of my current apartment so that I could see the market from my balcony.
I usually go every few weeks, although the past two weeks I went twice, much to my bank account’s dismay. But no fear! I only ended up buying two things and the total was $30. The pictures for those purchases will be put up at a later date when I work them into an outfit.
But for now these are a few of the things I wish I bought and a taste of what the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is all about.
I am truly in love with this coat but he wanted $150 for it...
There was no "R" otherwise that would be in my room right now
This is kind of like the Tipping Point in Paris Fashion Week. The days following Day 5 are the heavy hitters fashion wise. Today is John Galliano, Celine, and Givenchy, and the next three days are when the biggest and oldest fashion houses show their collections.
As almost everyone knows, Celine is up there with Lanvin to me. Fashion doesn’t get any cleaner or minimalist chic than Celine. Phoebe Philo is a descendent of the fashion gods in my eyes, and her last collection was so inspiring and beautiful, that if it wasn’t so pathetic I would have cried and every night until I owned the complete collection. This season was still lovely, perfectly summery and Parisian in my eyes, but I don’t know if anything can top that last collection.
John Galliano, like Jean Paul Gaultier, creates amazingly fun fashion shows, with unrealistic clothing that could hardy ever be worn in public. But his last few evening gowns were to die for. Their sheerness was on the verge of unwearable but he walks the line so well no one cares and I would wear them every day if I could.
The Givenchy couture collection shown this summer was the best Givenchy collection I have seen. To me, this one fell short of the extravagance and beauty of the last show but there were still some pieces which would look amazing in my closet.
A YouTube video
Technically, this is a YouTube video.
However, it is not David returning from a tiring trip to the dentist or a baby panda sneezing (though I do love those).
Instead this is a sophisticated take on women’s daywear, my absolute favorite show of the Spring/Summer 2010 season, and what I wish the majority of my wardrobe looked like.
This is Celine Spring 2010, designed by Phoebe Philo. All the looks from the collection are in the video, it is just edited for time.
I would wear each of the incredible pieces in a second. From the leather shirts to the crisp high waisted pants, the entire collection was flawless. This is what style is. Not some overly bedazzled dress you can’t move in or a pair of shoes so incredibly high and unbearably uncomfortable that it isn’t even worth putting them on. Style is effortless and easy. It turns heads for all the right reasons. It is Celine.
Here is the video. Don’t be shy, you know you want to see what perfection looks like.
For those of you too scared to see the full video, here are some of my absolute favorite looks. (Remember my birthday is only two months away…)
My Absolute Favorite
And the designer, Phoebe Philo.