Well, dear readers, Paris Fashion Week has come to an end, in turn signaling the end of the spring 2012 collections. Of course, the final days were nothing if not amazing, with heavyweight brands like (from left to right) Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino all taking to the catwalk. Naturally, there is plenty to discuss, so click inside to discover the scoop on all that went down in the final days of Paris Fashion Week!
Sarah Burton has had a few seasons to settle into her role as the new creative director at Alexander McQueen, but settle she hasn’t. On the contrary, Burton continues to push the boundaries while staying true to the brand, showing a collection that had just the right balance of new and old McQueen: intricate details, otherworldly silhouettes, and museum-ready pieces. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld treated the audience to an underwater world, complete with Florence Welch rising from a shell to sing “What The Water Gave Me.” As for the clothes? Sophisticated separates, some with a simple strand of pearls—although what is simple about pearls?—and some that shimmered like mother-of-pearl.
The buzz from the Louis Vuitton show can still be heard, partly because Kate Moss once again closed the show, and partly because many critics says that Marc Jacobs proved he is ready for Dior. Of note: Jacobs opened the show with a carousel, a metaphor, for many, about the “cycle” of fashion. Also of note: according to some, the collection evoked signature Dior looks. Yet no one is talking. Finally, at Valentino, Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri showed a collection embedded with feminine themes, from lace to embroidery. One of our favorite spring 2012 collections, by far, the pieces—a white cotton lace dress, a red leather dress—seem destined for the red carpet.