>> Hannah MacGibbon did bucket bags at Chloe and Valentino sent out delicate shoulder bags, but really, when it came right down to it, Paris designers had a one-track mind this season: clutches, clutches, and more clutches. See our favorites handbags, overwhelmingly of the clutch variety, in the slideshow — including the Dries Van Noten stunner, at left.
>> At last, the denouement: Fall 2011 Fashion Month is over and out. But before you get back to your regularly scheduled program, may we introduce our favorite shoes from Paris Fashion Week: there's lots of snakeskin, lots of black and white . . . and we couldn't forget those intricately laced Louis Vuitton boots — Kate Moss's pair apparently took four people an hour to lace up!
There was definitely no shortage of gorgeous footwear during Paris Fashion Week — we were dazzled by Alexander McQueen's sky-high, inverted platforms, Lanvin's pencil-thin stiletto heels, and the shiny, sophisticated kitten-heel loafers from Jean Paul Gaultier. It's been a whirlwind, but now it's time to say farewell to Fashion Month with 50 of our Fab-approved picks. Click through to see the gorgeous pairs, and let us know your favorites!
>> Just yesterday, it was reported that Alber Elbaz is under contract at Lanvin and not currently interested in leaving, but last night, Style.com tweeted, "Not to add to the Dior rumor mill, but people in Paris are asking, why has the Lanvin team been in tears all day?" And if Elbaz is leaving for Dior, does that mean Jason Wu might be in at Lanvin? WWD did report: "The sighting of Jason Wu front row at the Lanvin show on Friday sure sent tongues a-wagging. 'I’m here for my first Lanvin show, Mrs. Wang invited me,' said the designer, referring to the house’s owner, Taiwanese publishing magnate Shaw-Lan Wang." [@styledotcom, WWD]
>> Yesterday, Riccardo Tisci addressed the rumors of his designing for Dior, and now another rumored contender — Haider Ackermann, who apparently has received overtures from LVMH — has spoken on the possibility: "Yeah, there are places that I would like to go [design for], but it's just a question of . . . it's like a love affair, you just have to meet the right person, look together in the same direction. But, you know, you have a repertoire of your own, and sometimes, [you're] thinking you would like something else to express, and the code of another house might help. I don't know . . . we'll see, we'll see."
Alber Elbaz is also said to be under consideration, but WWD points out: "Elbaz remains under contract to Lanvin. He’s believed to have equity, and is said to be, for the moment, at least, not interested in leaving."
A big willow tree stood at the beginning of the Lanvin runway, a sign that Alber Elbaz was all about roots. When it comes to Lanvin that means sharp tailoring and clothes that celebrate a woman's love for femininity and fun. Elbaz delivered both in a show that began soberly and ended on a ripe, color-filled note. First, the tailoring. Models emerged in carefully oversized, boxy wool coats and capes, and wide-brimmed pilgrims' hats with menswear loafers and prim bags. Then the silhouette softened, into graceful silk one-shoulder dresses and gowns. Elbaz played with silhouettes, moving from boxy minimalism to figure-hugging curves, sometimes combining them, and releasing looks with volume and structure. Finally, it became party time, and we got a fruity roll of classic Lanvin dresses in yellow, pink, red, burgundy, with that precise drape that makes Elbaz's designs so covetable.
- Trends: Draping, minimalism, boxy silhouettes, '70s.
- Colors: Yellow, black, navy, red, fuchsia, burgundy, peach, mauve, tan.
- Key Looks: The bright and fruity cocktail dresses at the end. .
- Accessories: Amazing deco statement necklaces, pilgrim hats, loafers.
- Who Would Wear It: Ultra chic girls who love to indulge their flirty side at night.
For Fall 2011, designer Alber Elbaz went for monochromatic outfits in classic silhouettes. Cocoon-like jackets and cape coats paired with pencil skirts along with wide-brimmed hats in black, brown, and red opened the show. But, as the show progressed, Alber demonstrated his emphasis on the female form with body hugging dresses with strong shoulders. Embellished necklines, structured hand bags, and menswear-inspired loafers added a finishing touch to the collection!
I have been obsessed with this Lanvin dress since Karlie Kloss cruised down the Spring '11 runway looking like she'd just left a sultry Havana dance party. It just hit stores and the two-toned poppy dress has a knit top and washed silk skirt, but with a price tag of $4,900, it's out of my range. What could possibly be as awesome at just a fraction of the price? Behold, these totally amazing Vena Cava for Tenoversix wooden platform heels ($328). They have that same poppy color, juxtaposed against earth-tone details, that make them one sultry shoe.
As an Oscar host, costume changes are expected — but none have ever been as stylish an assortment as Anne Hathaway's. With the help of the amazing Rachel Zoe, Anne donned a bevy of glamorous looks, ranging from a fringed Oscar de la Renta gown, to a liquidy-blue Armani Privé stunner, and even a slim-fitting Lanvin tuxedo. Anne looked pretty phenomenal in each look, but we're dying to know — which one was your favorite?