Thursday, March 11, 2010

Paris Fashion Week Review: Ready-to-Wear Fall 2010

It seems that John Galliano's inspiration for his fine, delicate, chiffon gowns was the 18th century. The big contrast between the chiffon dresses and the luxurious leather capes and coats made a strong, unforgettable collection which left e everyone waiting for more. The only desirable items weren't  the dresses and capes but also the thigh high boots (over the knee boot lovers you'll be happy this season) and the masculine oversized hats.

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Nicolas Ghesquière experimented with geometric shapes, a patchwork of glossy and matted fabrics which looked like newspapers and magazines.He also added fur to the waist of coats in his new collection for Balenciaga which had a color pallete of aqua, tangerine, brown, and light blue . The inspiration behind his creativity was unusual; "I was working on something domestic. Casual things mixed with classic and a kind of rigidity," said Nicolas Ghesquière (source According to "This is fashion by a unique originator who sources ideas in the industrial, scientific, computer-generated possibilities of the twenty-first centuary."  Nicolas Ghesquière pushed the envelope and that's exactly what fashion needs.

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Before his show Karl Lagerfeld said that  "modern is for today." It's true, the tailored jackets and the glossy leather pants from his collection for Fall 2010 created a strong silhouette which was modern but at the same time very classy. The hair style was also quite impressive. In a video, Odile Gilbert, the signature's hair stylist, explains the reason why the hair was pulled up by a glossy leather black headband;  "We're making it higher because it's cold and you need to be surrounded:" According to Karl Lagerfeld's "own name impressively encompassed past, present, and future."
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Christopher Decarnin switched from his military inspired summer collection to a much classier collection  which had a touch of gold baroque style. His inspiration from the seventies was based on the photo of a woman "in impeccable Balmain couture menswear pantsuit." This season had a lot more of day wear, such as suits and the distinguished Balmain jackets, than last season's. Which women would mind to have one of those jackets or dresses? Probably no one.

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"I was thinking of the ski world, the scuba world and the colors of the Bauhaus" said Riccardo Tisci. The colors-black, beige, and red-, and the fabrics ( especially the knitwear with  snowflake-patterned knits) did have a nineties aspect with a sporty twist.  Feathers, as seen on the previous couture collection, were still there and this time they were accompanied with the geometric shapes of the short dresses.

Ready for a visit with Chanel to Antarctica? Well, you should come prepare with furry trousers and coats , just like the three "bears" on  real icebergs at the Chanel show, because it's freezing. According to "the Karl conceit of the season, no surprises, was an in-every-way extravagant play on Coco in cold weather." It probably was the most outstanding and creative show at PFW and who would have imagined it after Karl Lagerfeld's last chic farm inspired collection? Do you think this Karl's response to climate change?
In any case, Karl Lagerfeld has again demonstrated that he's a genius.

The new Valentino designers, Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, are modernizing the Valentino DNA by adding ruffles to the hem of little dresses which were worn with tiny jackets. They still kept Valentino's signature red color on some of the garments such as the every-girl's-dream gowns.


Louis Vuitton:
Marc Jacobs take this season is quite different from his previous spring collection. The standout pieces were dresses with a corseted bodices  and a low opened collars , reveling some of the bosom, and petticoated skirts which reminded to old glamorous 50s movies. According to "Jacobs framed it more as a fresh, feminine, ingenue look, with hair scraped back into high, bouncy B.B. ponytails; clean makeup; and square-toed, block-heeled pumps trimmed with flat bows—another angle on the Mad Men era but this time with a charming Frenchified accent. " The model casting had been different too since real women were part of it as well.  

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No words can describe Viktor & Rolf 's show at PFW. See it yourself, you'll be impressed :

Paris Highlights:

So, which one is your favorite? For me it's a tough decision since I like something about every collection.  Though, I have to say that Chanel's collection left me breathless.
Paris Fashion Week has always been my favorite and I wish next time, I'll have the chance to go and blog from there! Hopefully :)
By the way, I think there's a problem with the videos so if you can't view them click on "link":
All runway photos from STYLE.COM

P.S.:I accidently deleted this post so if you have commented before I would really appreaciate to see your comments again. Thanks :)

-The Trendy Fashionista


  1. I loved Chanel (as always), Balmain and Louis Vuitton very much,
    but it's hard to pick only one favourite. =)
    Great post though, it's nice to compare all the fashion shows!

    x Krizia

  2. Love all the Givenchy reds and blacks!

  3. I think my favorites are Balmain and Chanel.

    B* a la Moda

  4. Great post! I can't say whiwh one is my favorite, I loved CHANEL and BALMAIN! And I went to the CHLOE show the collection was beautiful!

  5. Thankyou for sharing these - Chanel has to be my absolute fave this season!

    Lucie x

  6. Beautiful collections! I love Valentino's & Chanel's :)

  7. I always love what Galliano does for Dior.

  8. Love the Balmain collection.
    Love Chanel bags!

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  9. Another stunning post, darling!
    Looooooooove Balmain!


  10. I love Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel... I love the color palette they used. xoxo

  11. Oh my! These collection are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I love them all!! Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Givenchy.. I really can't choose. Have a great weekend dear!!

  12. My clear favorite was Lanvin and Ann Demeulemeester. I loved the Balenciaga for the workmanship and the fact that Ghesquiere is one of the few that dared push the envelope. Gareth Pugh did some amazing work as well. Not at all impressed with Chanel unfortunately and Givenchy was a disappointment. I didn't mind Balmain (an improvement over the last two seasons), but I'm getting a little tired of his strong shouldered dresses. At least his current luxe look will justify the high price tag though!

  13. loved balmain best!!! ann demeulemeester was in my top favorites as well.

  14. Love it ! Triumph for fake fur :)

  15. I'm loving Balenciaga! The colours are so beautiful and perfect for Spring!