Thursday, October 7, 2010


When I was in school in England, the French and Italian students always stood out on campus.  Was it just culturally genetic to be impeccably dressed?

Fashion week is now in Paris, the land of tres chic.  Will the French come up with something outside of the minimal, nearly dowdy looks sweeping the fashion world?

Let's see: Sarah Burton kept the spirit of Alexander McQueen alive with a beautifully surreal collection.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011

Chanel, perhaps the house most associated with French couture, issued an extensive and humorous collection.  Karl Lagerfeld snipped holes in garments, or frayed up edges with fringes.

Chanel Spring 2011
"moth hole" outfits
Chanel Spring 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier's final collection for Hermes upheld their equestrian roots.   We got sexy equestrienne, sometimes even bordering on S & M, with a dose of Zorro.

Hermes Spring 2011
Hermes Spring 2011
Emanuel Ungaro's looked very Parisienne with the scarf, though I thought the VW Beetles overgrown with spring flowers were the best part of the show.

Ungaro Spring 2011
Yves Saint Laurent showed some clever graphics with neck bows, often in the back.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2011
But the show I found refreshing was by Kenzo.  Japanese mixed prints in curious shapes felt like a lemon sherbet in between courses.

Kenzo Spring 2011

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