Paris Fall ’13 Fashion Week: My Top 4

March 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

With the intensity that is fashion month finally over, I’ve spent a little time reflecting on the various shows in the most controversial fashion capital – Paris.

The collections pushed the boundaries this season, with Alexander Wang making his subtle debut at Balenciaga to Hedi Slimane reconstructing (or destroying) the Saint Laurent brand. As always, Paris Fashion Week gave both editors and fans alike something to talk about.

Here are my four favorite collections:

4. Balenciaga

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When the news broke out that NYC cool kid Alexander Wang was to take over the renowed luxury house of Balenciaga, I was incredibly skeptical of his performance. Surprisingly, the designer was able to step away from his streetwear aesthetics and create a collection that looked classic but still maintaining a touch of the Wang edge. Overall, the collection was quite safe – but smart. Instead of experimenting with various silhouettes or colors, Wang worked within the design history of both Ghesquiere and Balenciaga. He placed that inspiration in its purest form with his debut collection for the renowned atelier. The strict black + white color palette, the cocoon coats and subdued peplums were chic and very French. A highlight was a white sweater that resembled cracked leather, which was actually painted-on wool. Genius.

3. Anthony Vaccarello

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All black everything was the motto for Anthony Vaccarello’s collection this season. The designer fully understands the sex appeal of a woman, yet he doesn’t overdo it to make it tacky. Instead, his designs are sultry with a little ’90s edge – complete with deep plum lips and alabaster skin. This season, the usual skin-revealing Vaccarello girls were all covered up. But they still kept their sexuality. Rather than his usual slinky dresses, Vaccarello introduced separates – knits, overcoats, skirts, button-down tops. The use of leather ran rampant in this collection, and it teetered between scandalous and sophisticated without ever becoming tasteless. But forget the clothes! It was those dangerously spiked leather boots that tied the together the downtown girl theme of the collection.

2. Dries Van Noten

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Dries Van Noten has always been a respected designer, but I never truly took note of his impeccable work until a few seasons ago. Now I look forward to his runway shows every season. He has a unique way of blending menswear and sportswear together, all while tailoring it to fit a confident and daring woman who still appreciates classic silhouettes. This season, the designer was inspired by “Fred and Ginger” – the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity. He showed over-sized menswear-inspired pieces that still looked decadent.  The one detail that looked out of place were the ostrich feathered dresses and jackets. But the pattern mixture of stripes, brocade and flowers made up for that slight misstep.

1. Kenzo

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Frequent collaborators with Opening Ceremony, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon understand NYC street style and chic sportswear. Their fearlessness of mixing prints, colors and textures is genius – its the key thing that makes young women keep flocking to their clothing. Inspired by India, the collection had intricate jaquard prints and tons of gold detailing. What I loved about the collection was that the design duo weren’t afraid to play with rich colors like burgundy, turquoise and navy. Pair those colors with wild textiles like crocodile and brocade, and the clothing was instantly elevated. Expect to see these looks on bloggers and editors alike come September. To put it simply, Kenzo was straight up cool.

All Photos Courtesy of Style.com

See you in September!

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