Thursday, 6 October 2011

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 - Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin

Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 seems to be never ending, and as it comes to the final leg in Paris this week, I've fallen head over coral-encrusted heels (as seen at Alexander McQueen) for three collection: Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin.

While I loved several shows at London Fashion Week SS 12 (see my LFW SS12 coverage here), and New York and Milan had some beautiful shows too, it's Paris that has wooed me. Alexander McQueen's collection, by the increasingly genius Sarah Burton, was a truly spectacular collection. With embroidered lace gimp masks, ruffs and ruffles, the decadently dramatic designs are toughened up with metal harnesses and exposed metal corsetry. This collection had me hooked from the first to the last look on the catwalk.

The Kate Moss circus took place again at Louis Vuitton (she worked everyone into a frenzy last season when she walked the catwalk for the first time in years for her BBF Marc Jacobs and his Louis Vuitton show), but as more people expected her to walk this season, the focus was (thankfully) back on the clothes. The fresh, ice-cream and sorbet palette worked so well with the babydoll 60s shapes, essex girl white stilettos and doily-esque fabric. This collection was unashamedly cutesy and I love it.

While some of Lanvin's collection left me unmoved, the demure-yet-sexy sheer chiffon dresses really caught my attention. In stunning colours, including mink, duck egg and khaki, the barely there skirt was beautifully balanced with the more opaque, broad, gathered neckline and shoulder details.

Très Bien, Paris!



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