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!
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!
With Paris Fashion Week behind us now, we're taking a moment to digest all the fashion fun — including the Fab faces who gathered in the City of Lights to take in the shows. So, without further ado, we're putting you to the test, time to guess the celeb at PFW!
The Fall 2011 Alexander McQueen show had some of the most exciting hair in all of Paris Fashion Week, with models' heads all but concealed beneath an armor of large metal barrettes. As with most things McQueen, the look was equal parts medieval romance and dark modernity. Get a 360-degree view of how stylists put the barrettes together, and marvel at just how many hair accessories they used.
Elie Saab, a favorite of high-wattage celebs like Halle Berry, showed a polished collection of daywear before wowing us with his evening dresses. It seemed designed to appeal to a wide variety of ladies — there were skinny pants and tunics for the minimalist, peplum jackets for the retro feminine gal, and draped jersey cocktail dresses for the '70s fan. Even the colors were varied; rather than sticking to a neutral palette or all jewel tones, he balanced it out. The evening dresses were sleek, cut close to the body with draping and ruching, and the red-carpet looks were delivered beaded, and even some with thigh-high slits up the leg. Overall it was a crowd-pleaser, full of pretty clothes for pretty women.
- Trends: Ladylike polish, peplum, minimalism.
- Colors: Siren red, neutrals, burgundy, black, nude.
- Key Looks: The sparkly beaded evening gowns.
- Accessories: Belts on dresses, cool minimalist cuff neck pieces.
- Who Would Wear It: Women with red-carpet obligations.
Miuccia Prada showed her Fall collection for Miu Miu today, which she described as "sweet, charming, feminine, nice — and always thinking of the important woman." The genesis? A '40s-inspired collection that was given a dose of modernity in the way of floral or bird print wrap dresses paired with tilted baseball caps and glittery platform heels, or even a wool suit remixed with a boyish top and refreshing ruching effect. Mink fur and oversized bow belts added a decadent touch, while oversized shoulder silhouettes lend a directional look. For accessories, big frame clutches, draped bow shoes, and funky sunnies will undoubtedly top the must-haves list of every kitschy cool girl out there.
- Trends: '40s, wide shoulders, pencil skirts.
- Colors: Mustard, red, black, taupe, blue.
- Key Looks: Floral and bird print wrap dresses, double-breasted wool jacket dresses.
- Accessories: Glittery platform heels, bow-embellished shoes.
- Who Would Wear It: Kitschy cool girls like Alexa Chung.
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.
We're sad to bid adieu to the last of Fall Fashion Week in Paris. But, before we say goodbye, we're rounding up our favorite Parisian-chic style moments. As always, the shows drew quite the stylish crowd — a mix of the fearless fashion types and easy-elegant stylistas. We narrowed it down to 25 of our favorites, the ones we're looking to for style cues and new ways to mix and match our wardrobes. Click through for all the ways to get inspired!
Photos courtesy of Greg Kessler
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!