Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paris Fashion Week: Day 8

Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2012

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2012

Let's begin by setting the scene:

A clock stops ticking. A whistle blares. A life-size, old-time steam engine slowly rolls in amidst darkness and fog.
No, this is not the opening scene of a European spy movie. However, it was the opening of today's Louis Vuitton show.

Creative Director and fashion's favorite leading man, Marc Jacobs, dazzled those lucky enough to get an invitation to see Louis Vuitton's F/W 2012 collection, with a show that not only included models arriving on a moving train, but personal porters for each of them who carried the latest renditions of the fashion house's signature bags and luggage.

Indeed, much of the time one wasn't sure what to focus their attention on—the clothing or the accessories. The looks included stunning shades of tangerine, indigo, and lilac, and were tailored for an era in which the Orient Express still represented the ultimate in luxury travel. The bags were also made for the glamorous girl-on-the-go, in styles that included exotic skins, fur, and beaded detailing.

And that was just the first show of the day.

While this opulent open was difficult to match, if any fashion house that presented today did it, it was certainly Miu Miu.

Though the fairly young Prada shoot-off (it was only established in 1993; Chanel, for perspective, has been around since 1909) progressed its penchant for rich, whimsical patterns and prints, it managed to present them in an even more rich, whimsical way with a collection comprised largely of suits fit for a modern Mad Hatter.

Miu Miu F/W 2012 is replete with ensembles of pants and jackets that are solid, striped, dotted, and patterned and colored virtually any way one might imagine. Add in the oversized ties, bold belts, and alien-esque eye make-up, and you have what can only be described as a sartorial Wonderland.

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