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After a whirlwind month of jam-packed action at 2010 Spring Fashion Week, the runway shows have finally come to an end. While we eagerly await everyone's creations to hit stores, feast your eyes on all of the highlights from the fashion festivities . . .
Paris Fashion Week has come to a close, but its styles are likely to inspire for many months to come. While some styles are definitely for show — check out Louis Vuitton's dramatic look here, for instance — others are refreshingly easy to re-create at home. More than a few designers opted for simple, low-key looks that make the most of what you've already got. Read on to see some of the wonderful and wildest looks from the week.
Dries Van Noten added unexpected extras to his signature collection of print-heavy, ethnic pieces for spring 2010—covetable jeweled necklaces and cuffs. Multi-strand beaded chokers were layered with graphic Tetris-like vertical pendants and oversized crystals, coordinating with bracelets made of the same gold, silver, black, and emerald cubes mixed with round pearls and faceted crystals.
For his Spring '10 runway show at Paris Fashion Week, Giles Deacon delivered a colorful and quirky collection filled with prom-inspired dresses, metallic pants, and see-through gowns. However, it was the abundance of creepy, crawly spiders that induced my fear. Indeed, I suffer from slight arachnophobia (although I guess I don't mind daddy longlegs, they eat other bugs, right?). And so, I don't understand why anyone would want to have a furry, eight-legged creature hanging off her chest. Maybe there are some fashionphiles out there that share Giles's love for spiders, just not me. Freaky or fabulous?
My pal FabSugar told me about the maybe freaky, maybe fabulous spiders in the Giles show at Paris Fashion Week . . . and mentioned the plush purses carried by the models. At first glance, I thought it was a dinosaur of some sort but then I was thinking maybe it was a unicorn (or even a rhino) wearing a popped collar cape — it's open for interpretation and I'm thinking only Mr. Deacon knows for sure, but place your pets on the wild bags toted below.
Paris Fashion Week is the creme de la creme of all fashion events. New York had its highlights; London wowed me with its revived schedule; and Milan is always beautiful, but Paris? Undeniably thrilling. Here's a roundup of my favorite looks, ranging from the spooky, kooky looks of Gareth Pugh to breathtaking frocks from Yves Saint Laurent. Peep McQueen's ethereal alien-like ensemble here. Keep on to see magical delights from Hermes, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, and more.
As Paris Fashion Week comes to an end, we take a look at our 50 favorite moments from the runway. Alexander McQueen's mythical sea creatures on pointe toe platforms, Nicolas Ghesquière's urban warriors at Balenciaga, Karl's romp in the hay at Chanel, Marc's Afros at Louis Vuitton, and Alber Elbaz's jumpsuited glamour girls for Lanvin are each at the top of our list.