Thursday, March 08, 2012

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012 - Part Two

Paris Fashion Week
Fall 2012 Favourites
Part Two

This is the second chapter of my Paris Fashion Week round-up. We've seen leather and fur emerge as major trends, along with relaxed fit trousers, opera gloves and a high round-neck.

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney mixes work with leisure for her Fall 2012 collection. Oversized flap coats and chunky-knit sweaters made for charming casual wear, and evening wear was intricately embroidered in electric blue, black and white. Cozy cardigans and slouchy pants fit McCartney's weekend style, while tailored suit coats and padded-hip skirts make office wear interesting. The show closed with a line of sporty colour-blocked ice-skater inspired dresses, expertly constructed from silk and tweed.

Andrew Gn
A dark Victorian romance transpired at Andrew Gn's Fall show, through a sultry set of gauzy embellished chiffon, leather and lattice work, and plush black velvet. Suave navy blue coats were belted and bejeweled, fur neatly clustered on the shoulders. My favourite from the range is an opulent purple evening gown, harnessed with black embroidery (bottom row). Lace chokers and fishnet stockings emphasized the glam-goth theme.

Valentino's Fall 2012 presentation was charged with it's usual romantic mien, varied by a slight ethnic slant. Leather was delicately refined into elegant dresses, skirts and coats with frog braided clasps. Black was embellished, while siren red dresses were scalloped on the neckline and hem. Silhouettes were surreptitiously sexy with long-sleeves and high-necks, just a hint of skin shown through Victorian-inspired lace. Folksy multicoloured prints and ornamental metallic trims polished off the beautiful evening gowns.


A light breeze of subtle hues and uncomplicated clothes drifted across the runway at Chloé's Fall showing. A set of pastel blue and peach parkas, duffle and military coats beautifully contrasted the lightness of the other looks. Elasticated skirts were slung low on the hips, frail lace blouses and dresses seen in vanilla cream, while evening wear made an appearance with a single black silk taffeta cut-out gown. Quilted pencil skirts and cropped wool pants showed off ankle strap Mary-Jane pumps. British countryside chic done with Parisian flair.


Givenchy's Fall offering was abound with 70's style equestrian silhouettes, secured with strict tailoring in nocturnal shades, and just a flicker of red and orange. Silky camisole dresses loomed from the shadow of black leather coats and capes. Jodhpur pants were tucked into knee-high riding boots. Neck-ties and long leather gloves accentuated the dusky damsel look.

Isabel Marant
Isabel Marant puts a chic French spin on the frontier cowgirl for next Fall. A trip to the Wild West is not complete without floral and fringed cropped denim jeans, sheer ivory lace blouses and frilled mini skirts and a slick spate of laser-cut leather looks. The quintessential cowgirl button-up shirt is given a feminine update, and the only type of shoe fit for a stylish ride out on a ranch is the embroidered cowboy ankle boot.

Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent's Fall presentation was heavy-laden with leather, slicked back vixens and a ruby-red lip. Stefano Pilati bowed out gracefully with his dominatrix-fired finale for the iconic brand. His swan song played out with boxy, broad-shouldered coats, fur accents and mild florals, acutely clinched-in waists, sharply tailored suits and metallic mesh dresses with plunge V-necks. A grand departure for the designer.

For Part One of Paris Fashion Week, visit here. The final fashion week post to follow.

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Anonymous said...

That long, scallop-hem Valentino dress in scarlet? My dream.

<3 cambria

Lynn said...

I love Paris fashion week! My favorite collections were Valentino and Chloe.


VintageDanielle said...

Purple is my favorite color so it was neat to see McCartney incorpate it in her collection. I love Laurent's collection with such an emphasis on the waist through the belts.

Squared said...

LOVE this post! it just puts everything I want to see together!

Well... said...

Oh wow, that is just an amazing collection of fashion week!
Love the bold blues and romantic shades that popped up. <3

hautepinkpretty said...

these collections are gorgeous! Love how they're so unique and beautiful <3

Anisa Young said...

I MUST see PFW one day before I day, such a dream! xx

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Valentino and Chloe for me this time around! Loving the leather in the Valentino collection.

Nicole said...

Stella, Valentino, YSL I loved. Stefano did so well in this YSL collection, I'm going to miss him but excited for the future of YSL too.

Alexandra said...

Stella McCartney and Chloé were just beyond amazing for me, especially Chloé! I thought they were so wearable and effortlessly chic.

Alexandra xo

Being Brazen said...

loved Chloe

Daniella said...

Hi Sam lovely, Such a Wonderful selection as always my dear! I am head over heels for Stella McCartneys collection! Valentino is as it always is incredible,such chic shapes as is Chloes's collection. Love the drop waist dresses they've done. :) Great post sweetheart :)

Take care,Daniella xox

Denise said...

Again I could wear items from every collection - I mean, I loved them, but I wouldn't wear them to go to a pub or a cafe, of course... :) They are amazing collections, I love your selection!
In the past I had events all the time and I wore so many designers' clothes... today I keep on thinking of that time, and looking at your selection made me dream again! Thanks!
(But I'm happy leading a calmer life, just for the record!)

Punctuation Mark said...

i love that this season they used tons of color!

Elle Sees said...

I think Chloe was my favorite this time

Fashion-Bridge said...

I have just made a post of PFW as well. Though all the collections are super beautiful, my absolute favs here are definitely Chloe and Valentino




There are some amazing dresses in the collections! I like the Isabel Marant collection!

rolala said...

I could not take my eyes off the amazing color palette and silhouettes of the Stella McCartney collection!
rolala loves

Elisabeth said...

I love the McCartney and Chloé looks! Thank you for the birthday wishes! :)

E from Helsinki

Aimee Victoria Long said...

These are such gorgeous collections, i would love to own any of it.Sorry it has taken so long for me to get back to you, hope you have a great day and happy blogging!

Elisabeth said...

I'm happy that you like the video Sam! What did you like about it? Since you're having the next World Design Capital in South Africa, how is it visible right now over there?

E from Helsinki

Zoe said...

Love Stella McCartney collection!!!!!!!just great color an combinations!!!!

Sandra Leiva said...

Amazing collections once again! <3

karin said...

Isabel Marant,Chloé and VALENTINO are my favorites. Great post.Kisses from

Marie Martell said...

Beautiful collections..

xoxo Marie

DXiredDiamond said...

Hey Sam! I missed you love! I've been okay, just laptop problems! I will miss you while I'm away but I needed to catch up with your blog! I LOVE the colors in Stella's collection but my faves are Andrew GN and YSL! :)