Paris Fashion Week

lanvinfall Lanvin Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

Lanvin’s fall 2011 collection had creative director Alber Elbaz taking the label to new heights with his feminine silhouettes which ranged from sculptural to slouchy in shape. Accessories included wide brim hats which covered the models’ faces, bedazzled belts and chunky necklaces made of metal hardware. With the wide brim hats and dramatic capes–the Lanvin woman seemed elegant yet mysterious for the autumn season.

diorfall Christian Dior Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

In light of John Galliano’s recent anti-Semitic remarks and his subsequent firing from Dior, focusing on the fall 2011 collection for its actual garments and not the controversy surrounding its ex-creative director is surely a difficult task. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and the show did go on this Friday with models parading down the runway in Galliano’s signature romantic Parisian flair. The color palette took was very autumn with deep burgundy, gothic black and emerald greens. Towards the end, the designs became more light and airy, showcasing ruffled dresses that were a cheeky cross between lingerie and evening wear.

For the finale, the label’s design atelier took to the stage–signaling the end of an era for Dior. John Galliano’s successor has yet to be named and with only speculation so far, it looks like the fashion world will have to wait for some time yet before Dior’s next chapter begins.

rickowensfall Rick Owens Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

You can call Rick Owens’ protagonist for the fall 2011 season a cape wonder with all the hooded and caped ensembles shown during his Paris Fashion Week presentation. Layering up for the fall, Owens sent models down the runway in a minimal color palette complete with fur, wool, leather and cashmere. As the show progressed, the more softer looks gave way to sleek jackets with “winged” sleeves for a futuristic effect.

balmainfall Balmain Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

Balmain creative director Christophe Decarnin was missing in action for the label’s fall 2011 presentation today, but the show went on with Decarnin’s rock and roll aesthetic fully on display. Models strutted down the runway in sparkly sequined tops and pants, white leather and plunging necklines baring a lot of skin. With all the glitter and shine, it seemed that Balmain was looking towards the glam rock phase of music history for its inspiration complete with Ziggy Stardust-esque jumpsuits.

zacposenfall Zac Posen Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

After his debut at Paris Fashion Week last season was met with less than stellar reviews, Zac Posen unsurprisingly toned down the camp for fall 2011. The results gave way to a more finely edited and contemporary aesthetic which while not groundbreaking, offered a more sharper look at day wear and evening looks. Highlights included form-fitting black dresses straight out of a film noir, Posen’s signature gown work with simplified yet sexy silhouettes and an all star cast of models including Carmen Kass, Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn.

balenciagafall Balenciaga Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

Balenciaga’s outing for fall 2011 was a strong one with creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s futuristic vision taking on thick leather coils and vertical stripes. Color blocking also made an appearance alongside a fishnet pattern which was blown up to cover sleeves and even whole dresses. The Balenciaga woman looked armored this season, taking on a juxtaposition of hard and soft materials for a story of contrast.

muglerfall Thierry Mugler Fall 2011 | Paris Fashion Week

The main attraction of Thierry Mugler’s fall 2011 runway presentation was undeniably Lady Gaga. The pop songstress walked the runway, was featured backstage during the livestream and the debut of her new song “Government Hooker” also served as the backing track to the show. So it seems more than appropriate that many of the looks shown were very Lady Gaga-esque under the creative direction of her friend and fashion director Nicola Formichetti. Models walked an unconventional runway, swerving back and forth between columns in high platforms and horn accessories. Sheer materials, voluminous shoulders and lingerie inspired tops dominated the outlandish show. / See the runway show in motion on YouTube