Saturday, October 2, 2010

Paris Fashion Week: Rochas SS 2011

Swedish designer Marco Zanini looked to his homeland for the inspiration for SS 2011.
There is a certain pastoral naiveté - a pretty, lingerie-ish dream-like collection.

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Just pretty. Love love love love.

Paris Fashion Week: Balenciaga SS 2011

I know the whole fashion community is falling all over themselves with praise for the Balenciaga SS 2011 collection. I'm not.
Sorry Nicolas Ghesquière but I don't care how innovative or on trend the collection was- I don't want to look like a hounds tooth painted Easter egg!

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Then again I DID really like the printed mini-dresses and the boyish vests.
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And I'm sorry but what the hell is going on with that girl's face?

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So maybe I just needed a few days for the collection to grow on me but I think I'll stick with lusting after the Balenciaga Arena City bag instead of this collection.

Balmain SS 2011

It was sex as usual at Balmain SS 2011.
It was "punk" at a big price.
Do really I have to say anything else?

Here are the best looks from the collection.

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Paris Fashion Week: Dries Van Noten SS 2011

Dries Van Noten was all about interesting proportions- rather than tailoring the menswear-inspired pieces to skinny proportions they're oversized. But the colors and prints turned them into luxurious feminine pieces.

You can see hints of the seventies and forties throughout the collection. Dries told Style.Com that he was trying to capture light inspired by the artist Jef Verheyen and you can see the efforts through the use of pale colors, iridescence, and flowing fabrics.

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This is an easy glamourous collection that is entirely wearable and, so far, my favorite collection of Paris SS 11.

Paris Fashion Week: Rick Owens SS 2011

Rick Owens went soft and sweet this season-well, soft and sweet for Rick Owens!
He moved away from his gothic aesthetic towards a more restrained elegance.
Of course there was still an other-worldly aspect with models hair held up with kinds of bone & their makeup looking especially alien.
In some ways I was not a big fan of this collection- some of the shapes are unflattering in the hips- and if they looked bad on models how would they look on regular women?
Despite the vests that framed the body, constraining jackets, and the extra long skirts the collection still felt minimalistic.

I don't look to Rick Owens for wearable fashion. For me he is fantasy and art and inspiration.

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Paris Fashion Week: Nina Ricci SS 2011

Peter Copping continues to keep it girlie at Nina Ricci and that's okay with me!
Lovely lace pieces and shockingly bright silks made their way down the runway but trenches, leather, and lean silhouettes kept the collection down to earth and entirely wearable.

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My only complaint is that the model's look exhausted. The pale lips and dark eye makeup make them look dead & not at all filled with the exuberance of the clothes!
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