Ah, Paris. The final destination on the fashion week train. Yes, over the last five days, Paris Fashion Week has been chugging along nicely. A slew of major fashion houses—including (from left to right) Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, and Christian Dior—have shown their spring 2012 collections, while newcomers like rapper Kanye West have also taken to the catwalk. Unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss, so click inside to discover the scoop on all that has taken place at Paris Fashion Week so far!
At Balenciaga, the show started off with a bang, but not of the fashion kind. Several benches collapsed, forcing the entire audience to stand for the duration of the show. Nevertheless, the show went on, with Nicolas Ghesquière showing a sleeker, sportier collection than in past seasons: color-blocked jackets had a cool, Space Age vibe; high-cut shorts and high-waist jeans showed off the figure; and helmet-style hats hung low over the eyes. Meanwhile, at the Balmain show, it was Olivier Rousteing’s first show at the helm. The show had a nice balance of the rock and roll pieces that Christophe Decarnin was known for—Decarnin left the brand, suddenly, earlier this year—and new, less-glitzy pieces.
The Givenchy show was inspired by ocean life—surfers, mermaids, et al—which resulted in glistening mini dresses, sleek and skintight pants, and jackets that could, theoretically, be modeled on a piece of coral. Hands down, this is one of our favorite collections, and one that we are sure will start popping up on all your favorite fashion insiders before the year is over. Finally, at Christian Dior, the audience was treated to the first ready-to-wear collection designed by Bill Gaytten and his team. Interestingly, it was a somewhat pared down collection: graceful, elegant, and timeless, with pieces that are, in one word, wearable.
As for the aforementioned Kanye West show, the media frenzy that took place in the days leading up to the show no doubt led to high expectations which, according to most critics, were not met. But it does seem that most critics are willing to give Kanye a second chance, perhaps thanks in part to his irrefutable passion for fashion.
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