Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Viktor & Rolf

  Viktor and Rolf turned retro glamour on its head for Fall 2012, turning out a collection filled with glamourous details — fur! satin! fringe! lingerie! — on silhouettes that always veered towards the unexpected.    

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Christian Dior

Creamy pinks and pastels, full-skirted silhouettes, and strong ballerina references — right down to the ankle-strap heels — punctuated the Christian Dior Fall 2012 collection. There were silky knotted-at-the-nape dresses, super-cinched waists (belted, at that), tailored peplum tops with rich stone embroideries at the neckline, and an aprés-dance sweater-over-dress look cute enough to inspire us … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Balmain

Olivier Rousteing conjured up a Louis the XIV-meets-rocker vibe for Balmain‘s Fall 2012. It’s Balmain’s signature cool-girl appeal done up in rich Baroque-era references — brocade and pearl embellishments cover nearly everything, slim pants and maxi skirts feel infinitely more luxe in velvet fabrications, and pretty floral-embroidered details feel almost like oil paintings. When not … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Carven

Carven‘s Fall 2012 collection will prove a superchic match point. Drawing from a decidedly Medieval mood, the line boasted strong ecclesiastical references that included, but weren’t limited to, cathedral-style laser cutouts, rich tapestry motifs, a stained-glass color palette, and scenery straight from the Middle Ages printed onto full A-line skirts. The jewel-toned blues, reds, and … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: See by Chloé

  For its Fall 2012 collection, See by Chloé presented its first runway show in Paris today, and being the modern line that it is, it did the presentation digitally, showing on the Chloé website this morning. It was a collection meant to be seen in movement, as the opening looks were all about flow … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week: Dries Van Noten

You can count on a few things from a Dries Van Noten show; masterful prints, relaxed masculine tailoring, and for the past few seasons, a decadent ornate multi-crystal-chandeliered setting at the Hotel de Ville. The Belgian print master took a trip to Asia for fall. According to Cathy Horyn at the Times, the Asian influence … Continue reading