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!
For Yves Saint Laurent's Fall collection, Stefano Pilati stayed true to the brand's elegant aesthetic — with the perfect hint of sex appeal. Sheer details, feather trim, and patent lend playful accents to impeccably tailored black and white checkered suits. It's an effortless mix of easy separates, looser silhouettes in oversize blazers and wide-leg trousers; then the more luxe — a patent vest, a fur coat and oversize fur sleeves, fantastic, silky white dresses, and jumpsuits for evening. It's luxurious and still accessible; strong femininity that's both Parisian-chic and '70s glamorous.
- Trends: Feathers, graphic print, fur, menswear.
- Colors: Gray, white, black, a pop of purple and blue.
- Key Looks: White, halter-style dress with sheer inset and metallic sandals, double-breasted purple jacket and feather-trim skirt.
- Accessories: Cutout open-toe booties, lace-up knee-high boots, tassel-adorned pumps, chain belts.
- Who Would Wear It: Easy-glam types who crave sophistication without compromising sex appeal.
Karl Lagerfeld has gone crazy for jumpsuits for the latest Chanel collection in a variety of fits, all with statement pockets. A drawbridge opened at either end of the catwalk, which was surrounded by tons of charcoal and lumps of smoking black rock. There was an apocalyptic feel to the collection, which was mainly produced from a dark colour palette. Dresses were generally maxi length and produced from sensual fabrics like lace and tulle. There were long capes and boxy jackets, and even the most feminine pieces were given edge with applique and leather panels.
- Trends: Jumpsuits, monochrome.
- Colours: Black, grey, white, red.
- Key Looks: Quilted black jumpsuit.
- Accessories: Midi heels, small clutch bags, lace gloves, chain and leather handbags.
- Who Would Wear It: Women who want an elegant rock-chic wardrobe with a tailored edge.
Vanessa Bruno's Fall '11 collection is another masterful lesson in the art of layering, giving us an interesting mix of '70s chic and '90s grunge. Thick wool coats look cozy and cloud-like; long, languid skirts take on the shape of the wearer; and airy blouses play romantically against plush mohair crew-neck sweaters. Moody floral silk dresses fare well with turtlenecks and knee-high boots, while long, drapey coats look downright dreamy when paired with silky separates and sharp tailored trousers. The painstaking attention to detail that Bruno takes when styling each look is evident, and the Fall collection is pretty and polished, yet still effortlessly undone.
- Trends: Metallics, freeform stripes, fur accents.
- Colors: Cream, burnt sienna, charcoal gray.
- Key Looks: Laser cut fur panel jacket; oversized mohair striped sweater with fox-fur shoulder pads.
- Accessories: Slouchy knit hats, structured tote bags, leather boots with knee-high socks.
- Who Would Wear It: City girls that crave relaxed, low-maintenance chic.
It's safe to say Hannah MacGibbon kicked rumors — that her contract is up after this season — to the curb after showing an ultra-chic '70s-inspired collection for Chloé today in Paris. Staying true to her signature throwback aesthetic, the designer upped the ante for Fall with a heavy helping of python prints made into diaphanous silk dresses, maxi dresses, wispy blouses, skirts — some even dyed a vibrant jade hue — and more structured pieces via sheath dresses and trench coats. For those who aren't privy to all of the hissing, MacGibbon broke up the reptilian theme with a colorful collage of colorblocked ponchos and skirts along with denim skirts and wide-leg leather trousers injecting a vibrant touch to the collection. And if you're looking for the ultimate statement piece, check out those cool leather dungarees.
- Trends: '70s, reptilian prints, colorblocking.
- Colors: Ecru, brown, jade, mustard yellow.
- Key Looks: Silk python print dress, colorblock poncho.
- Accessories: Oversized hobo bags, platform boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Women looking for chic pieces with a twist.
>> Paris Fashion Week street style took a colorful turn over the weekend, adding a vibrant pop to the neutral hues we saw last week. This unorthodox take on a preppy look features pink shorts, orange platform sandals, and a yellow bag tempered by a classic white button-up and black ribbed sweater. We love perfectly clashed colors, and if you do too, shop our similar picks from J.Crew, Gap, Lou, and Kate Spade.
Left to right: Lou Crewneck Sweater ($325), J.Crew Pink Shorts ($43), Gap Perfect Shirt ($50), Max Studio Tortoise Sunglasses ($90), Kenneth Cole New York Green Bangle ($30), Seychelles Gypsy Sandal ($55, originally $95), Kate Spade Essex Scout Bag ($295), Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish ($16)
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