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paris fashion week recap

Edited by: Lindsay McCallum
on March 12th, 2012
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Amidst a musical chairs act by the creative directors of the world's biggest fashion houses, Paris Fashion Week was a beautiful finale to the marathon that is fashion week season.  Along with a few surprises, PFW brought with it a slew of dramatic trends.

Between Phoebe Philo's pregnancy, and subsequent semi-private editor's presentation where Anna Wintour was overheard asking, "Shouldn't all fashion shows be like this?" Hedi Slimane's quick replacement of Stefano Pilati as Creative Director of YSL, and Katy Perry's blue hair popping up front row from time to time, there was plenty keeping everyone awake as we all endured the last 9 days of fashion month.  

The off-the-runway drama was equally reflected on the runway, as designers chose dramatic silhouettes, oversized and enveloping, or long and sweeping, as well as saturated color palettes, in both the nude and bold color families.  Mixed textures were also abundant, particularly sleek, lacquered leathers paired with sumptuous furs.  

Isabel Marant, a fashion favorite, showed a collection inspired by the ladies of the Wild Wild West.  Between floral embroidered western shirts, Marant's interpretation of the cowboy boot, and suede cropped pants, this collection will have everyone loving Cowboy styles next fall.  

The menswear inspiration still lives on this season, which no one was surprised to see, but it has been reinvented in a modern way.  Even the king of feminine designs, Elie Saab, took the queue by incorporating several structured menswear looks in with his usual flowing evening gowns.

The big dogs, Vuitton and Chanel, presented two of the most dramatic shows of the season, with Chanel showing in a cave of rock crystals inside Paris' Grand Palais, and Vuitton with a full-size locomotive inside the interior courtyard of the Louvre.  Their collections were equally as bold as their sets, showing layered looks, with dresses or skirts over trousers and bold embellishments, like dark painted, and encrusted eyebrows. 

One young, talked-about designer this season presented another collection that captured the attention of editors and big-time buyers alike, Damir Doma.  His past three seasons have been a beautiful departure from his dark and minimalistic beginnings, showing this season a feminine, yet grunge collection accessorized by large cross necklaces covered in raw gems, and biker jackets with fur and leather detailing.  




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