Friday, June 29, 2012

The Best of Paris Fashion Week - AW 2012

     Most of the looks at Paris Fashion Week were monotonous. As much as they all stayed consistent with trends and silhouettes, a lot of them lacked originality and quirk. There was an epidemic of boxy jackets and leathery pants, some made the cut, others were simply overwhelming. The best way either of these were used well, was with balance. An assortment of more structured jackets to contrast the oversized ones kept runways like Lanvin's more approachable. Leather pants that were well tailored, not baggy, projected class at shows such as Barbara Bui. In addition, plenty of metallics, peplums, fur, and suits were highlights of the week.

1. Kenzo

The look: A Quirky Interior
Key elements: zig-zags, stripes, asymetrical skirts, oversized tweed coats, fruit prints

2. Barbara Bui

The look: Western Meets Oriental
Key elements: tassel belts, oriental prints, leather pants, oversized jackets, military-inspired

3. Paco Rabanne

The look: Go-go Rocker
Key elements: metallics, shift dresses, feather-like fur, sheer overlay, leather

4. Elie Saab

The look: Urban Elegance
Key elements: metallics, jumpsuits, structured tailoring, slit-down-the-leg gowns

5. Lanvin

The look: Polished and Posh
Key elements: lace patterns, colored fur, peplums, skirt suits, leather

6. Pierre Balmain 

The look: Sophisticated with Edge
Key elements: oversized coats, structured suits, slim pants, leather

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