Paris Fashion Week was brimming with sartorial inspiration, but it was the newest iteration of the party dress — the one with cocoon sleeves — that emerged as the biggest trend we can't wait to try. Whether it was structured and oversized at Yves Saint Laurent, texturally intriguing at Stella McCartney, or divinely embellished at Lanvin, these soiree-ready frocks were making statements all over the runways in the City of Light. To get the full scoop, watch our trend report now!
At Milan Fashion Week, we culled together a few of our favorite moments from the runways and backstage at the biggest shows like Prada, Gucci, and Fendi. Take a look at our video, capturing the best street-style moments, behind-the-scenes beauty, and candid close-ups of a few fashion notables like Coco Rocha and Anna Dello Russo. Get inspired now by the amazing looks at Alberta Ferretti, Jil Sander, Missoni, and more.
For Louis Vuitton's Fall collection, master Marc Jacobs continued to channel a vintage vibe invoking the '40s and '50s with puff-sleeved Pan-collared French maid uniforms, mid-calf skirts, and cinched-waist silhouettes. His inventive use of fabrics — everything from rubber to plasticized lace — added serious intrigue, as did top models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, and Carolyn Murphy strutting the runway in conductor's hats and dominatrix boots. To see all the fashion-forward ensembles, watch our full runway coverage now!
For Fall 2011, Carven designer Guillaume Henry turned out signature Parisian chic looks with a touch of intrigue in the form of red tartan, fur-sleeved coats, and a surprising Victorian neck ruff. To see all the covetable ensembles, watch our full runway coverage now, and if you missed our one-on-one interview with the designer, click here to check it out.
For Chanel’s Fall, Karl Lagerfeld went to the dark side turning out models in purposefully weathered-looking tweed jackets, slouchy pants and lace dresses all in a shadowy palette and against a background of a fog-shrouded forest. To see all the edgy, gothic-inspired looks watch our full runway coverage now!
Already a favorite among celebrities like Leighton Meester, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Demi Moore, new French designer Guillaume Henry of Carven is making waves in the fashion world with his sophisticated and chic designs. We went one on one with the designer at his Spring shopping event at Barneys in New York City, where he tells us about the Carven woman and why he wants to dress Kristen Stewart. Watch here to see the full interview!
Give your skinny jeans a break, Spring 2011 is all about slouchy trousers! This loose pant silhouette was seen on a few of our favorite runways, like Celine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Yves Saint Laurent. Today we've styled a denim wide-leg pant, a maxi trouser, and a loose, cropped version, so there is something for everyone! Whether you want a '70s boho vibe or a laid-back look, the great thing about these trousers is that you can wear them so many different ways. Watch to see how we styled the new relaxed pant! On Allison: Theory top from Nordstrom.com, Tibi trousers.
The Fall 2011 Stella McCartney show was chock-full of her signature sharp tailoring, a minimal monochromatic palette, and fabulous cocktail dresses. Polka dots were a strong trend throughout the show — everything from sexy black sheer dotted dresses, to white polka-dot tops that covered in just the right places. Overall, the collection was more grown-up than previous seasons, but made fresh with fun, edgy accents. Watch to see all of these eye-catching pieces!
Sheer peplum skirts, yellow cat-eye sunglasses, and moody prints were just a few of the standouts at the Fall 2011 Givenchy runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Riccardo Tisci juxtaposed ladylike silhouettes with casual basics, like sheer and satin sweatshirts and cropped leather jackets. The show was infused with a jungle vibe via panther printed sweaters, retro cat-eye glasses, and ear-tipped bowler hats! Watch the full runway show here!
Full of python prints, retro, '70s looks, and chic colorblocked pieces, the Chloé Fall 2011 collection stayed true to designer Hannah MacGibbon’s signature style. A few standout pieces from the line include a silk python print dress and a colorblock poncho – plus a very daring leather jumpsuit. Check out our video for more from the designer at Paris Fashion Week.
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!
Milan Fashion Week Fall 2011 proved that Spring's ladylike trend is continuing on next season with a vintage flair. Lady retro looks were seen at Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, and Alberta Ferretti. Brilliant, bold colors, mod shapes, and bold contrasting patterns gave these polished ‘60s and ‘70s looks a hint of downtown edge. Watch to see our entire trend report from Milan! On Allison: Elizabeth and James jacket
Model Miranda Kerr wasn't the only fashionable face at the 2011 Balenciaga Fall show, which also counted Orlando Bloom and Anna Wintour among the front-row attendees. For Fall, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière took color-blocking and futuristic textures to a whole new level. Strong silhouettes were created with roped-leather vests and jackets, as well as fishnet tops paired with floral skirts in exotic prints. Watch our video for more from the runway!
The blazer is a classic staple that can be worn from the office to a sleek cocktail party. We took a cue from a few of our favorite runways, including Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, and Peter Som, to give you three completely different ways to wear this menswear-inspired jacket. Whether you want a rock and roll vibe or want to continue on with the minimalism trend, here are three fresh ways to wear your favorite blazers. A big thanks to Nordstrom.com for providing the wardrobe selections. On Allison: Topshop jacket, House of Harlow necklace from Endless.com.
Gorgeous gowns continued to hit the red carpet long after the last Oscar statue was handed out. Hollywood's finest flocked to the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party at the Sunset Tower Hotel and looked fabulous! While we had a tough time choosing, Lea Michele, Kate Beckinsale, Rosario Dawson, Elizabeth Banks, and Jessica Biel topped our post-Academy Awards best dressed list! Watch to see what they wore! On Allison: Nicole Miller dress courtesy of RentTheRunway.com
From Gwyneth Paltrow’s gilded Calvin Klein gown to Mila Kunis’s lovely lavender Elie Saab to all the Versace, Marchesa, and Rodarte in between, the Oscars red carpet was filled with fancy frocks we couldn't get enough of! Check out the 10 super style-setters whose award-worthy dresses topped our best dressed list!
For Fall 2011, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took us back to the mid-'80s with their totally fun D&G collection. Models were turned out in dresses and separates with alphabet prints all festively accessorized with colorful charm necklaces and high-heel, Converse-like sneakers paired with thick scrunchy socks. And while the first part of the runway show offered outfits in strictly black and white, the latter part quickly advanced to a neon spectrum that included thrilling hot-colored blazers. To see all the vibrant looks, watch our complete runway coverage now!
Moschino is always celebrated for its cheeky chic fashions, and the Fall 2011 runway proved no exception to the rule. The show was a healthy mix of bold, menswear-inspired suits topped off with old-time conductor hats and ladylike ensembles accented with evening gloves or streams of pearls. Highlights included a gold lamé maxi skirt and navy sweater combo and a stunning fur-trimmed metallic evening coat. To see all the wonderfully festive looks, watch our runway coverage now!
For Fall 2011, Miuccia Prada drew inspiration from the '20s and the '60s, offering dropped-waist dresses, wide-belted big-button coats, sheer shifts, and Mondrian-esque block prints all topped off with colorful python-print, knee-high boots. And despite the unfussy nature of the silhouettes, glamorous touches via vibrant fur, the aforementioned python, and colorful paillettes made the ensembles truly unique. To see all the groundbreaking looks, watch our runway coverage now!
Alberta Ferretti's Fall 2011 collection was unexpectedly vibrant, filled with shift dresses and suits in shades of fuchsia, petrol, and electric blue. The first half of the show was a parade of colorful daywear finished off by velvet thigh-high boots, while the second half offered signature cocktail and evening frocks with such festive embellishments like feathers, sequins, and lace. To see the full runway, watch our coverage now!