Paris Spring ’12 Fashion Week: My Top 5!

October 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last Wednesday, Marc Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton Spring ’12 runway show wrapped up this season’s fashion month. With its child-like carousel and dreamy frocks, the designer’s show encapsulated the aura of Paris fashion week: a magical beauty. Paris always brings it when it comes to innovative designs, and this season continued that notion. Proving to many that Paris had the strongest fashion week, the designers dove deep into their inspiration and challenged themselves to create art.

When it comes to Paris, I always have a hard time selecting favorites. As with Milan, I ended up choosing a top 5 for this Spring ’12 season because the shows were just that good! Enjoy!

5. Haider Ackermann

I just discovered the Belgian-born designer only three seasons ago, but I instantly became in awe of his work. The way Ackermann drapes fabrics and creates complex layers is amazing. I also love the way he emphasizes the curves of the woman, making them powerful and sexy. His Spring ’12 collection took these aesthetics and further explored them, showing a collection that stood out from the other over-the-top collections from this season.

This collection did not have as much color as his previous Fall ’11 collection, but the colors that were shown were deeply saturated, bright and full of drama. I liked that every piece with color had a shiny glaze; that small detail made the clothes appear rich. The deep colors were found in the brogues as well; I would kill for the peacock-colored pair (third picture above)! I’m a big fan of sheer fabrics, and Ackermann placed a ton of them in his collection! The veil-like chiffon can create two different vibes: delicate and dreamy or tough and edgy, both of which Ackermann executed perfectly. I can’t wait to see what he brings for the Fall ’12 season!

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4. Ann Demeulemeester

Many don’t know it, but Ann Demeulemeester is one of my favorite designers. Her aesthetic is derived from pirates, witches, and the Victorian era. All of these inspirations are a bit dark, but Demeulemeester knows how to soften them to make them more romantic and less rough. Like Ackermann, she understands the art of layering and draping. But her spin on it creates looks that are timeless and classic.

The looks make the models look cool and effortless. Even though there are a lot of elements in each piece, it still remains understated. With every season, many designers try to switch up their style and most of the time end up failing. What I love about Demeulemeester is that even after all of these years that she has been a designer, she stays true to her aesthetic all while making it relevant for each season. Now that’s talent.

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3. Hakaan

Hakaan is relatively new to myself and the rest of the fashion world (the label debuted its first show back in Spring ’11), but I have come to love how he is not afraid to embrace the female body. His clothes are not for the shy; they highlight long limbs, arched backs and voluptuous bosoms. This Spring ’12 collection turned the volume all the way up! The models were sultry sexpots straight from the 90s, with a touch of heroin chic. I loved it!

Aside from the sexy concept, Hakaan does have a talent for designing and tailoring clothes. It is because of the close fit of the designs that make them so sexy, not just the sheer details and high hemlines. The collection only had two colors: black and white. Usually when designers use few colors in their collection, it fails to show depth. But the cuts and shapes of the clothes kept the viewer’s interest. I also liked that the collection showed a range of clothes. There were not just skimpy dresses, but skirts, jackets, trousers, blazers, button-ups and more. All clothes that any modern woman with confidence would want to wear!

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2. Anthony Vaccarello

Now I know I said Hakaan’s Spring ’12 collection was sexy, but there was one collection that was the sexiest out of all the fashion weeks combined. Vaccarello’s collection was sexy, seductive and a teeny bit slutty (but it worked so well). I loved this collection so much because the designer dared to break out of the norm and design clothes that literally exposed the female form. Even the models who aren’t known for being sexy looked so incredibly hot, I couldn’t get enough!

What makes this collection downright vulgar is the cut-out of the dresses, the metal hardware and the copious amounts of sleek leather. The blood-red lip tops off the look. I just wish the designer chose a deadly stiletto instead of the clunky Mary-Jane; it doesn’t fit in with the overall idea. Most people will think this collection is too over-the-top with the sexiness, but I personally love when clothes are borderline skanky; it brings excitement and fun into fashion. I’ll definitely be looking to see what Vaccarello brings for the Fall ’12 season!

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1. Givenchy

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Givenchy taking the top spot, seeing how Riccardo Tisci is my favorite designer. I will admit that I am biased towards the Parisian house but I can’t help the fact that he designs such innovative clothes! The way that Tisci molds and cuts clothes is astounding and something that I haven’t seen from any other designer. His clothes are dark, moody, fragile, edgy, obscure and beautiful. His Spring ’12 collection was a fresh take on Tisci’s usual gothic aesthetic, showing clothes that were light in fabric and color. The show was divided into sections of color: cream, rose, black, white, army green and a fabric that resembled a glam mermaid.

What surprised me about this show was that there were no prints at all! Last season, Tisci made panthers and flowers ubiquitous for bloggers and editors everywhere. But this season, he went back to the basics and used simple colors to highlight the architectural shapes of the clothes. It was nice to see the designs of the clothes for once, which designers usually hide under unnecessary embellishments. From the sharp suits to the sleek trousers to the defined stilettos, Tisci created a strong and confident woman who is in control of her life. Now that is how you make a statement with fashion.

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What was your favorite show from PFW?

Photos Courtesy of: Now Fashion, and Style Bistro

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