Friday, March 2, 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Day 4

Christian Dior F/W 2012

Hussein Chalayan. Christian Dior. Isabel Marant. Yohji Yamamoto. Lanvin.

These are just half of the designers that debuted their Fall/Winter 2012 collections at Paris Fashion Week today. Needless to say, it was a big day.

The Chalayan show alone— which came in the morning after Roland Mouret—was a certain indication of good things to come. The clothes were immaculately tailored and simple, in bold primary colors that were color blocked with shades of black and grey, as well as silver hologram pants and a few pieces that featured multi-colored abstract prints The collection was absolutely stunning and, as NY Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn noted, "reflect[s] nearly 20 years of knowledge," that can hardly be under-valued.

Christian Dior provided an...interesting...take on current times in the afternoon, with a collection that is meant to reference to depressive periods of post-WWII and the 1970s. The colors were very subdued—with shades of grey, lavendar, and beige—while the floral prints conjured images of my 70-year-old Hungarian grandmother's closet. Not to say that it was all bad...Leather inserts in pieces (as seen is the photo above) were gorgeously and strategically placed, and several of the dresses featured beautiful silhouettes and draping.

Isabel Marant was, as my friend Haruka observed, a bit disappointing, with a collection that called into question whether the French staple in every urban girl's wardrobe can manage to be inventive and new. While there is something to be said for consistency, the mark of a true designer will ultimately always be creativity.

Yohji Yamamoto was, honestly, kind of terrifying, with an all-black-and-red collection that conveyed sinister undertones.

However, despite ALL THAT, Lanvin was, without a doubt, today's show-stealer. Fashion darling Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's ingenious creative director, celebrated his 10th year with the fashion house with a lavish party that included everything from a tower of macarons to industry big-wigs such as, my ever favorite, Anna Dello Resso. Oh, and the actual Lanvin collection? That was amazing, too. As usual.

Again, I can't help but wonder, why do I live in the US again?

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