Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Favorite Fashion Week trends

I've been poring over photos from picking out my favorite looks and trends. It's been a fun six weeks and I can't wait until next season!
What were your favorite trends?

Sheer (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, John Galliano, etc)

Sheer was seen across the board at Paris Fashion Week. In fact, I was surprised when a designer didn't have a sheer piece in their collection. Louis Vuitton's sheer tops (with a hint of nipple) were in gorgeous hues like this burgundy one. Makes you almost not want to ruin it with a slip underneath. But if you're gutsy enough (and have perky ones) go for it.

Tribal (Marc Jacobs)
Head scarves, ethnic jewelry, loose frocks: There were many interpretations of Marc Jacobs's S/S 09 collection but a tribal theme emerged with the accessories and the shapes of the dresses. I pictured a young, modern African mother going out for a night of dancing.

Futuristic (Balenciaga, Gareth Pugh, Maison Martin Margiela)

Nicolas Ghesquiere always bring the future to us and this collection was no exception with space-age dresses, laser cuts and shapes that were almost alien-like.

Plastic (Gareth Pugh)

The way Gareth Pugh shapes plastic is out of this world; they are shaped and bended into frills and pleats so that they look like they have the movement of silk. Too bad it's not eco-friendly but the result is stunning.

Draping (Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen)

No one can drape a woman like Alber Elbaz and this collection showed off his unique sense of drapery. The way the clothes fold together is so natural and effortless.

Corsets (Alexander McQueen)

Even today, corsets are making us faint. Model Abbey Lee was reported to have fainted at the end of her runway walk and who could blame her? The corset looked tighter than the one Rose's mother strapped her into in Titanic.

High-low hemlines (Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs)

I can Olivier Theyskens trying to fend off Rachel Zoe over this collection of beautiful dresses that will definitely be seen at the Oscars. A beautiful mix of sheer fabrics, brocade and silk made this collection unforgettable. But it was the high-low hemlines that took it to the next level and made it dramatic.

Retrospective (YSL, Maison Martin Margiela)

Stefano Pilati paid tribute to the late Yves Saint Laurent in a collection filled with updated looks (like Le Smoking) from the master couturier.

History (John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Gareth Pugh)

A parade of Marie Antoinettes sporting British and Napoleonic hats trotted down the runway at John Galliano. It was a playful look back to the fashions that started it all and to the trendsetters that still inspire us centuries later.


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