Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011: Pt. 2

Alexander McQueen

Names that need no explanation and newbies that may have some staying power showed in Paris last week, closing out the Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion showings. This Spring season has made me so excited! Warning: you may be able to pick up multiple colors in a single outfit, leather is bountiful and don’t forget that a flower on your dress reminds you of spring—in case the weather doesn’t.

It’s part two of Parlour’s Parisian Fashion Week coverage!

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s high end line, The Row, had a buzz that was buoyed by a recent documentary that also promoted their Paris show. The clothing (shown below) of loose, drapey, neutral colored frocks of wide legged pants, long loose dresses, flat shoes, and drop-waist tops didn’t hold my attention long. I’d like to see some Hollywood glamor in their next presentation.
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Zac Posen didn’t disappoint though. His drop dead gorgeous gowns and dresses look like they will accompany some lucky starlet down a red carpets very shortly.

The ethereal dresses gave me fantasies of walking down a red carpet of my own to showcase the collection’s beautiful feather trimmed pieces. Though usually bright, the colors of black, pink, orange and red were eerily calming. My favorite dress may not actually make it on someone—there were large feathers poking from the waistline out, over-exaggerating the hip—but I appreciated the creativity in the design.

YSL’s collection (shown above) channeled a 70s baby who went into her mom’s closet and had the tailor modernize classic pieces that will be used for another 30 years. Other critics didn’t care too much for the late designer’s for the collection, but I loved the simplicity and elegance. However, I did not love the macabre skirt that appeared to be a belted bath mat or skinned muppet with a pretty blouse.

The most anticipated show, however, was Alexander McQueen (shown above). Creative director Sarah Burton had some large shoes to not only fill, but make them her own. The theatrics her predecessor favored were gone in lieu of showcasing the beautiful clothes and intricate design the line is known for. An amazing basket-weaved dress is my personal favorite, while the shoes are artwork within themselves. I look forward to the design that will no doubt continue the McQueen legacy.

Louis Vuitton (shown above) rounded out the Paris shows with fun, color, glitter, glamor, body paint and custom LV lace that went with inspirations from Asian cheongsams (also known as a mandarin gown) to the 70s then back to Africa. The color explosion stayed in purples, reds, blues, golds, oranges, and yellows and you could almost feel the fun Marc Jacobs had in pulling all those colors together into one exuberant show. From the sequined gown ready for a songbird’s wardrobe to the custom LV lace that walked the runway, this was one of my other favorite Paris shows. I’d like an order of the lace fan, hot shorts, bag and shoes please—but no body paint for me.

Which piece was your favorite? Tell us in a comment below or tweet us at @ParlourMagazine!

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