Paris Fashion Week. yes it has ended, but the blogging, news articles, and conversations about it have just begun. With our favorites like Dior, Lanvin, and Valentino plus some surprises…. As promised here are some highlights from PFW.
My beloved Valentino ( Current designers for Valentino: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli). I am obsessed with nearly everything you’ve created. The long hemlines, colors, mixed textures, and endearing peter pan collars are both classic and dainty. The collection was decorated with simple 60s themes, lace, chiaroscuro and flower appliqués. Women’s Wear Daily said it best, “There’s no question it was beautiful, and also a bit safe. But there’s a case to be made for consistency.” Thank you WWD for sharing my appreciation for classic, consistent, superior designs, and thank you Valentino for creating such beautiful masterpieces.
I bought my own little slice of Lanvin this year… Lanvin for H&M, which still counts in my closet. It was hard to find something in this collection I disliked so cutting it down to four looks was incredibly hard. Elbaz, the designer for Lanvin collaborated hardware, and softwear with flamboyant broaches, large medallions and 3D flowers seen here. Exaggerated silhouettes with big mousseline poufs at the shoulders ruled the runway but every look that came down the catwalk was kept graceful and chic. Perhaps my favorite Fall 2011 collection.
What a pleasant surprise! I must admit, shamefully that I wasn’t very familiar with Giambattista Valli designs so when I was scouring the Women’s Wear Daily site and saw this I was thrilled. Just from these few shots you can see the lively colors, architectural ruffles and prints. The voluminous full skirt on the gown is breathtaking and the high-waisted pink pencil skirt with bubble details is unlike anything I’ve seen. So edgy yet minimal.
Peter Copping, designer for Nina Ricci, titled the Fall RTW collection “Portrait of a Lady”, which couldn’t be more fitting. This modern victorian theme exemplifies silk blouses, high gathered neck lines, and long fitting skirts. The hats, necklines, ruffles, and lace make Nina Ricci’s line a beautiful addition to the Fall RTW collections.