The spectacle that typically defines a Galliano show was replaced by a smaller, more humble presentation, but the collection itself couldn't help but convey all the sexy, romantic opulence that its former designer is known for. There was something iniquitous about these ladylike girls in their tailored jackets and skirts. A closer look at their elegant silhouettes and you realize they like to break the rules: latex made its way under peplum jackets, gorilla fur adorned skirts, dresses were dangerously sheer, and the heels had chains that looked a bit like handcuffs. The whole show had a glamorous '30s vibe, a time when women were asserting their own power. In typical Galliano fashion, it tested boundaries without sacrificing beauty.
- Trends: Draping, fur, ladylike polish, sheerness, '30s, opulence.
- Colors: Purple, gray, black, orange, cream.
- Key Looks: Fitted peplum jackets, draped skirts.
- Accessories: Feather and fur hats, strappy heels with chain straps.
- Who Would Wear It: Elegant ladies on the outside, bad girls on the inside.
As always, it was a family affair at Stella McCartney this morning as even Natalia Vodianova brought her children to the front row. The show notes stated, "to all my babies, husband, family and team. They rule!" It was a typical McCartney collection with sharp tailoring and glamorous yet fun party dresses. The colour palette was minimal using monochrome with the occasional blue and gold pieces (similar to Gareth Pugh). There were sheer trompe d'oeil aspects giving a sensual edge and applique paillettes. The whole collection felt more grown up than previous seasons with edgy elements including rigid shapes, voluminous dresses, and dropped shoulders.
- Trends: Sharp tailoring, monochrome, voluminous silhouette.
- Colours: White, black, blue, and gold.
- Key Looks: Little black cocktail dress with trompe d'oeil cutout detail.
- Accessories: Loafers, ankle boots, and sleek clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: Glamorous women who like to play with silhouette.
"Yes, if I was offered a Victoria's Secret contract. You'd have to, wouldn't you? I can't imagine doing it any other way. But, at this point I'm comfortable with who I am now."
— Androgynous model Andrej Pejic told reporters at Paris Fashion Week that he'd consider getting a sex change for the rare honor of a Victoria's Secret contract. Considering he's already walking in shows like Jean Paul Gaultier, he might not have to.
Riccardo Tisci showed a fearless Fall '11 collection today for Givenchy filled with growling panthers — both on-stage, via a menacing music soundtrack, and on the clothes — purple orchids, feline ear-tipped bowler hats, cat-eye glasses, and vampy satin pumps complete with thin bangle-like staps. The perfect juxtaposition between hard and soft, was also portrayed in Tisci's silhouettes. Lady-like pencil skirts were paired with Tisci's take on casualwear via satin sweatshirts, decorated with panthers and orchids, and cropped bomber jackets. Sheer elements also played a big role in Tisci's story, which were layered with structured ruffle miniskirts and even cut into a sleek button-up blouse adorned with black vinyl trim. Strong and menacing — just the way we like it.
- Trends: Chic casual wear, sheer, pencil skirts.
- Colors: Black, purple, green, yellow.
- Key Looks: Satin sweatshirts paired with pencil skirts, layered leather and sheer skirt.
- Accessories: Satin pumps, ear-tipped bowler hats, small clutches, cat-eye glasses.
- Who Would Wear It: Edgy experimental types, like Florence Welch or Vanessa Traina.