Friday, March 16, 2012

Paris Fashion Week FW 2012 Part II: The Fantasy Designers - LV, McQueen, Chanel and More

Louis Vuitton. All images from
As wearable and lovely are the clothes from the first set of Paris shows, these next set of shows are just so over-the-top, theatrical and thrilling. Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen never disappoint in putting on riveting shows that truly define a season and will be talked about long after fashion week is over. Louis Vuitton continued the funny hats parade and boxy shapes from his Marc Jacobs collection back in New York, with rich patterns and fabrics, complete with an $8 million locomotive and porters carrying Louis Vuitton luggage. Alexander McQueen's show was full of drama, big feathers and layers and volume. Chanel's show looked like it took place on Superman's home planet, with surprisingly a lot more casual looks than I usually expect from Chanel, with sweaters and the way Karl Lagerfeld layered with skinny pants. Lanvin, celebrating Alber Elbaz' 10 year anniversary was the most mainstream of these set of collections, with a lot of great wearable looks that Alber is known in a variety of themes, from bright colors, to dark coats and separates to prints. Miu Miu continued the weird makeup and bold patterns that started in Milan with Prada (I have to say for both collections, I found S/S 2012 to be much more wearable), Givenchy continued the dark goth / leather / Girl with the Dragon Tattoo feel of Gucci, Versace, and Calvin Klein, and Vivienne Westwood was her typically dramatic self. Overall, so many amazing and inspirational shows and a fitting conclusion to an interesting season. All images from
Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton
Alexander McQueen. Love the cape coat on the left
Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen. Just when you thought you couldn't add anymore volume...
Chanel. I found the pants to be surprisingly everyday wearable for Chanel. More crazy makeup.
Chanel. I quite like the look on the left with the patchwork sweater.
Miu Miu. A little too circus-y for my taste.
Lanvin: the color
Lanvin: great coats and separates
Lanvin: a little bit of shine and pattern
More color, patterns and embellishments
Givenchy. Definitely Matrix / Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And brothel from a Western on the right
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood

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