Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Day 7

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2012

The past few days of Paris Fashion week have featured the collections of some of the fashion industry's most iconic labels—from Alexander Mcqueen to Yves Saint Laurent—with looks of diverse color, print, and what is seeming to be F/W 2012's biggest trend: leather.

The darling of the weekend shows was Kenzo, with a collection of looks as bold and bright as the canary yellow runway on which its models presented them. Primary colors—as featured earlier at the Hussein Chalayan show—were prominent at Kenzo as well, though ensembles in shades of coral and fuchsia, as well as abstract colored and black and white patterns made the Kenzo show more diverse. In addition, the Kenzo show provided a Fall forecast of cinched sleeveless dresses, as well as cropped jackets that ranged in style from military to motorcycle.

Monday brought with it the last collection that Creative Director Stefano Pilati would ever design for what is arguably the most renowned fashion house after Chanel—Yves Saint Laurent. With a collection of full-leather and full-chain looks (though, berry and emerald-colored leather and iridescent purple chain) it seems that Pilati—who is leaving YSL after 8 years—nevertheless decided he wouldn't be doing so without a fight (or, at least, dressing models who looked as if they were ready to fight for him).

Today's shows began with a bang, to say the least. The first collection of the day? Chanel, which is about as French as one can get when it comes to fashion. Chanel's F/W 2012 collection is a decadent one, featuring crystal detailing (the models even wore crystals on their eyebrows), as well as textured trousers and shiny metallic paneling. Chanel's color palette was also heavy on grey, with accents and pops of fuchsia, teal, and mustard.

The finale show of the day—Alexander McQueen under the direction of Creative Director Sarah Burton—stunned attendees, with large, voluminous looks that ranged in color from pale pink to red and had layers upon layers of fabric.

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