I have to agree.. when people say 'leave till the best till last' this was certainly how I saw it with Paris Fashion Week A/W '11. A whole host of talented designers came together in the capital of couture to show their newest creations to the world. After the the departure of Galliano from Dior it was unclear for a while on how their show would feel without its key creator. Then there was also the long awaited woman's collection for Mulgar, and would Lady GAGA be there? Would it live up to the hype?. Paris Fashion week was amazing and there were so many beautiful collections shown over the week and a whole host of new and old time designers that really wowed the fashion mob shown. However below were my top five shows of the week...
Sarah Burton showed that she truly can make beautiful couture gowns and kicked the negative comments in the media that she wouldn't be able to sustain the Alexander McQueen brand. Beautiful dresses with fitted torsos and ruffled skirts (with some featuring a slightly dominatrix style feel to them) made their way down the catwalk, keeping very much to three simple colours, white, black and a dusky light grey. There several beautiful white bridal gowns that stunned the audience , which were breathtaking.... No wonder Sarah has been pushing off rumours that she will be designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Just a stunning collection.
It was a really intriguing set up for the Chanel show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Karl Largerfield and his team showed their A/W '11 collection on a wooden runway that ran the length of the building and seemed to cover a layer of volcanic looking ash. The walls were covered by images of skeleton looking trees added to the rather dark and bleak looking scene for this years collection to be featured in. Though the collection was quite dark, it was far from bleak. To me it felt like a very practical collection, with flat brogue shoes, skin tight leggings and tailored jackets gave off a masculine feel. The tux was present for another season as well as the classic chain handbag... I did love the frilled coloured white shirt under the broad lapel jacket with the satin cuffs...very chic from Mr Largerfield.
I loved the Dior collection, even after all the drama in the press over Galliano in the last couple of weeks. Rich jewel colours, velvet, glossy fur.. it was all there. Floor length coats, and dresses, fur coats and playful ruffled thigh-high dresses, really showed a youthfully edge to the collection.
Yves Saint Laurent
Out of all those that showed at PFW, YSL was the only one that gave off a very classic Parisian feel. Beautifully tailored suits , classic long yet simple evening gowns, classic tweed and box-pleat skirts. It was a very elegant collection and was lovely to view Stefano Pilati's work.
I loved the sexy feel to to this collection, it felt very edgy (with a slight punk-rock feel). The clothes (whist remaining a bit off the wall) remained wearable and fun. I loved the wide lapel tux jackets and the beautiful embellishment that was present in every outfit that hit the runway. There was a real mix of outfits throughout the collection and I didn’t feel that there was one clear theme... however the collection came across as something for a very modern forward thinking Parisian girl.. a bit more fun and tough, rather than a strict and conservative style.