Friday, October 9, 2009

The Fashion Capital

After much anticipation, the magic of the Parisian Runways have come and gone and I am pretty happy with the results. Shortie shorts, accentuated curves, and bright colors, oh my! So here's what's on the plate for Spring in the city of love.
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Akris works in a nice demure look that makes you ready for a date followed by a stroll down the beach. Soft but sexy, the flowy top provides warmth for the Spring chill, and the low cut allows a little coordinated bra to peek through to always leave more to be desired.

Stella McCartney hit the jackpot with this little number! Who wears short shorts? You in Spring! Short shorts and high waist, these have taken full swing, especially in satin! Look how cute they are paired with a one shoulder top, and since its long sleeve it balances the drama of the shorts. Parfait!

Skinny belts have circled back around. This very inspired work-ensemble by Rochas is to die for! Even though I would prefer the hem end right above the knee (if you're vertically challenged beware of this skirt) the blend of the very basic fitted tee and pencil skirt with the wonderfully embellished skinny belt makes the perfect statement. Cute but in control. I love it.

Is it bad if I am super excited about this trend?? A Leather Short Suit! Costume National has done a great job at blending the short shorts with the recent uprise of leather! I really am enjoying seeing leather back on the racks because it adds such a soft texture to a look, while somehow giving it a rough edge...its an amazing contradiction.

This reminds me so much of my childhood Barbies that I just couldn't resist. An extra ruffle layer on your pencil dress can add the hourglass curve sans huge hips. It still reveals smaller features underneath a perfect curvy illusion. Felicitations Lanvin!

Bright colors! My favorite part of spring are the bright, fun colors and Andrew Gn did such a great job at showcasing them. Again back to the shortie shorts but this time, a statement in a bright cerulean blue. The best thing is if you live in a rather cold area you are used to layering to incorporate fall fashion to a cold climate...the shorts would look killer with dark patterned tights and over-the-knee boots for right now!
Emanuel Ungaro caused quite a stir with appointing Lindsey Lohan as a front runner advisory for the brand, but I must say I love this number. The only was the first pieces and nothing else was awesome. Too bad, maybe next season. As for this piece: fun, avant garde, and sexy! Tight, but undone, and bright for spice!
One of my favorite designers is Elie Saab, and I could not do a Paris Fashion Week justice without mentioning him. I am quite surprised this is what I am showcasing, but nonetheless, despite my better judgement, shoulder pads are back in style. Silver lining: if you have shoulders that are too slender, you can bring out your inner hourglass with the simple addition of styrofoam atop your shoulders. Otherwise, I am not a fan. But, this dress is quite nice, brilliant coloring, beautiful silhouette, and shoulders are subtle enough to not bother me. Well done!
In case you haven't notice, even from just this post, pencil skirts/dresses are back in. Hussein Chalayan did a superb job creating an old 40s feel for this ensemble. She looks like she is ready for the first brunch of the season in New York's Hamptons! Perfectly fitted, nice color palette, amazing hat (everyone please start wearing hats)!
Viktor & Rolf really take the cake for most creative architectural number this season. I realize this isn't going to be any girl's dream prom dress or wedding dress anytime soon, but try to appreciate the artisanship in this gown...its quite extraordinary. The skirt almost reminds me of a head of lettuce when you cut away at it, it remains that shape. Many, many layers of tulle cut to perfection created this and many other creative numbers for the show, and I really was impressed by the refreshing twist.
Vivienne Westwood would not normally be my ultimate blogpost pick, but this dress really takes me away. I love the skirt, with many layers, but shortened for dramatic sexiness. I can see this easily translating to pret-a-porter maybe lose the bell inspired sleeves, or the ruffle neckline to balance and there would be success in retail! This is the best version of the bubble dress style I have seen. I think I'd maybe add a white or bright colored belt to bring in a focal point, but other than that, I really like it.

Absolutely fabulous runway season, I was swept away with dreams of April! What was your favorite city? What trends are you looking forward to?

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