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Monday, March 14, 2011

Distilled: Paris Fashion Week A/W '11

This is the last in the series.  Paris, following on from New York, London and Milan, is probably the most-hyped fashion week, with a record number of high-profile designers showing collections (and a lot of monotonous flicking through photographs on style.com for me).

Here are some Parisian picks, arranged by trend - I use the word 'trend' in the loosest possible terms, because I've just made most of them up.

all photos style.com

Row 1 - Anne Demeulemeester, Cacharel, Haider Ackerman
Row 2 - Chanel, Maison, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen
Row 3 - Jean Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, Tsumori Chisato
Row 4 - Loewe, Louise Vuitton, Valentino
Row 5 - Carven, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Sonia Rykiel
Row 6 - Chloe, Christian Dior, Lanvin

  • Row 1 - Absolutes - Make outfit statements in one colour (or two) - emphasis is on texture and silhouette.
  • Row 2 - Come together, fall apart - Deconstructed, zipped and ripped apart outfits.  I shouldn't love this because these are oriented towards the willowy of body, but I do anyway.
  • Rpw 3 - Little old ladies - Pour talcum powder in your 'do, amp up the boxy silhouette and invest in a furry shopping trolley, as seen at Gaultier.
  • Row 4 - Night porter - Leather trenches with very little little on underneath for the dominatrix vibe.  Christian Dior jokes optional.
  • Row 5 - Plaid - pensive plaid at Carven, Playful plaid at Castelbajac and Sonia Rykiel - it's all good.
  • Row 6 - Textures with pattern - wooly snakeskin at Chloe and flower print gazar fabric at Lanvin. 
  • None - though when it comes to Paris, I have rose-tinted specs.  Perhaps there was an overabundance of fur, but that seems to have been an overarching trend covering all four weeks.
What are your PFW picks?