Friday, October 27, 2006

Paris - Spring/Summer 2007 - Selections from days 7 and 8

Chloe - The Vogue reviewer really ripped this collection apart, but I see quite a few things that I like. The label is awaiting a new designer, so this collection is just a holdover from Fall. Knowing that, and knowing what sells, yes- there's nothing new, but I feel like the same can be said about many other collections all with a celebrity designer.

Martin Grant - Elegant and sporty. Sort of ageless. I really love piping and the heather knits look oh so comfortable. I want to look like this all Spring:

Hermès - A little Paradise Island...but the plaids, leathers (obvs), and leopard prints are nice. The non-leather fabrics appear as light as a scarf. Just easy, but not very exciting.

John Galliano - Very unshowy again, but with slightly garish (in a good way) liquid jerseys, some high-impact painted metallic skirts, and then with some horrifyingly gimmicky evening gowns.

Elie Saab - Gold lamé is a little overwhelming and garish (in a bad way), but the gold satin coat is gorgeous. Unfortunately, it's mainly lamé everywhere else...

Antonio Berardi - Sexy sexy sexy.

Louis Vuitton - Cozy jackets, cute blouses and dresses with lots of flounces and flowers, with a bit of the British (and sometimes MilkMaid) eccentric. And hello, how gorgeous does Marc Jacobs look??

Lanvin - Shiny YSL-style uniforms - a futuristic touch. Sophisticated draping for surprisingly comfortable evening dresses.

Miu Miu - On paper, it all sounds wrong: stiff satin tunics, high waisted pants, tiny rounded collars, tribal print dresses. But they are surprisingly sophisticated and surprisingly unlike most anything this season. Simple designs, but high drama colors.

And that's the end!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Paris - Spring/Summer 2007 - Selections from days 5 and 6

Stella McCartney - More of the sackdress phenomenon, but these are cuter than most. The rompers are a bit awkward though.

Emanuel Ungaro - Definitely love or hate, but I like the wacky Moschino-like print pairings (or late 90s Versus, if you will) and the Dynasty-esque jackets and minis. The expensive divorcee version of this whole 80s thing.

Celine - Trenches. Sheerness.

Yves Saint Laurent - The runway! Field of flowers! Gingham! Fishnets! Ruffles! Sorta-frumpy jumpsuits...the skirts and jackets were nice though.

Chanel - Pleats! Black and White! Classic plaid tweeds remade into a sexy farmgirl buttondown. I'm going to ignore the seriously wtf men's looks.

Sonia Rykiel - Cozy chunky clean white sweater dresses and cardigans, decorated with big knit flowers and smiling models. Weird handy-craft ruffles and wooly mammoth coats.

Christian LaCroix - Very serious dressing, even though moments were quite wacky. There just doesnt seem to be any actual humor behind it.

Alexander McQueen - Drama! Corsets, laces (though one freeeeeaky see-thru belled catsuit), razor-sharp tailoring, bubbles and poufs and tulles, and some over-sized hips.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Paris - Spring/Summer 2007 - Selections from days 3 and 4

Balenciaga - Robotic body consciousness with an 80s Tron slant.

Vivienne Westwood - Lazered lace and hems, ties and wraps and corsets, and plenty of graffiti.

Jean Paul Gaultier - Who knew 30 years? Key looks from the past, acid colored babydolls, some funny "nude" dresses.

Dior - If I can manage to tune out the horrendous hair, I find myself...bored. The suit-of-armor detailing on frumpy suits is I guess interesting. The dresses at the end managed to be pretty, though far less structured than what we're accustomed to finding with Galliano.

Sophia Kokosalaki - Soft and pretty and innocent. Loose pleats and drapes that look so flattering and comfortable.

Akris - More softly pretty. Very unstatement-y, but rather just beautiful and flattering clothes. With pockets!

Valentino - And the prettiest and ruffliest of all! Delicate laces, lingerie slips, layers and layers of tulle. I also liked the rolled hem suits and jackets.

Hussein Chalayan - Just magical.