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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, Louis Vuitton, Valentino
Row 5 – Carven, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Sonia Rykiel
Row 6 – Chloe, Christian Dior, Lanvin
YAY TRENDS
  • 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.
NAY TRENDS
  • 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?
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9 thoughts on “Distilled: Paris Fashion Week A/W ’11

  1. >I haven't even gotten around to sorting my PFW post, FW has really flown by me this year! Your choices are pretty similar to my top picks, the Chanel turn up pants really won me over x

  2. >@KC and @Lou and Una – Little old ladies FTW. Hair powder is long overdue a comeback methinks.@ The two Sarahs – That Miu Miu collection was very nice wasn't it? I'm a titch though, so I'd most likely look a bit like a box in one of those coats… Sadface.

  3. >Thanks for reminding me to check out Paris – my attention span is exhausted by fashion months!And Middlesex is the focus of my dissertation! A lot of what I have been reading has been cultural and theoretical context for it. I completely love it, even if the more I read and research the more flawed I realise it is. Seriously, so flawed! He's actually a bit of a knob but Callie is so wonderful… Ups and downs. x

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