Paris Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, and now that the last model has walked the last runway, we're taking a look at our absolute favorites in the eveningwear category. A highlight had to be Alexander McQueen, whose designer Sarah Burton modeled her Winter-white-clad models after the story of the Ice Queen. Or Chanel, where Karl Lagerfeld made the evening jumpsuit the main focus over traditional gowns. There were fun, flirty, short dresses too. We've rounded out the top 25 most stunning evening looks and put them all for you here. Click away.
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!
Nina Ricci indulges our romantic side for Fall '11. As always, the collection speaks to the epitome of femininity in the form of delicate fabrics — lace details and embellishments on headbands and collars — silhouettes that hug at the waist and float at the hips, and a rich color palette that's at first dramatic and then deliciously flirtatious. There is a more mature, womanly side that comes to life in burgundy and black, long gloves, deep floral print on sheer, fluid fabrics, and velvet pants. Then we get the perfectly ladylike wear — thick coats and jackets cinched with skinny chain belts and paired with tights, platforms, and gloves. Of course, there is also that playful bit of romance that surfaces in bubblegum pink and baby blues on a full-length gown that's as elegant as it is sweet.
Amanda Peet just strode the red carpet in a fresh white Nina Ricci dress from Spring '11. She added sexy black Swiss dot tights and platform heels and pulled her hair back in a high ponytail. Her makeup is minimal, with natural-looking rosy cheeks and glossy lips. Talk about flirty schoolgirl charm! Do you love Amanda's outfit?
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Nicole Kidman was her usual understated self in black Nina Ricci with lace insets. The standout of her ensemble, though, is a bejeweled necklace covered in huge crystal-bedazzled flowers. Her makeup and hair are as demure as her dress, but do you think any of it worked with such a bold, showstopper necklace?
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I fell in love with this Lucky editorial showing a colorfully clad gal getting out of a taxi, looking ready to rock her day job. I get out of a lot of taxis too (of course, also rocking my day job), but I'm usually clad in black, gray, or white. It gets boring. In their Pre-Fall collections, Diane von Furstenberg and Nina Ricci showed color in work-ready outfits, and it's a totally bold and refreshing way to go to work. Our favorite look: try a knee-length red skirt ($109) with a minty green top ($19) and either go all the way with blue pumps ($50) or scale back with a nude shoe.
>> A trio of first campaigns have popped up for Spring 2011: Shu Pei Qin's premiere ad as a Maybelline model; Peter Copping's first ever Nina Ricci ad image, featuring Malgosia Bela shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin at New York's Greenwich Hotel ("She looks contemporary, modern, sensual — all those things I see for the Ricci woman,” Copping explained); and Alexander Wang's first ever print ad, featuring Aymeline Valade shot by Craig McDean. Although Wang doesn't like his four images, styled by his show stylist Karl Templer and creative directed by Fabien Baron, to be called a campaign. “We restrained from using those words, because you set yourself up for doing things in a systematic way — like rolling out ads in the magazines certain times of the year,” said the designer, who instead uses the term “image piece.” All those — and for good measure, the full Spring 2011 Versace campaign, featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw by Mario Testino — in the gallery.
The gorgeous Malgosia Bela fronts the Spring '11 ad campaign for Nina Ricci. It's the first campaign creative director Peter Copping has overseen since taking the reins from Olivier Theyskens in 2009. Shot by Inez and Vinoodh, Malgosia is perched on a velvet banquet — is it a nightclub? — looking ultra feminine in an ethereal, frilly dress. According to WWD, Copping had global chicsters Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Charlotte Casiraghi in mind when visualizing the campaign, saying they are "not sitting at home in a party dress." What do you think of the new Nina Ricci girl?