This morning's Stella McCartney show during Paris Fashion Week brought out a range of famous attendees. Alicia Keys wore one of Stella's designs to sit in the front row along with Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, whose family's company owns a stake in the label. Stella's dad, Paul McCartney, posed with his pink-clad wife Nancy Shevell. Paul's other children, Mary and James McCartney, also came out to witness Stella's Fall 2012 presentation, as did Jefferson Hack and Vogue's Anna Wintour. The Stella McCartney Fall 2012 collection was full of sporty, chic pieces, and many famous models like Natalia Vodianova and Karlie Kloss hit the runway on Stella's behalf. Alicia went to France to fit in a few stylish shows, having also attended Givenchy yesterday.
For Givenchy's Fall 2012 collection, Riccardo Tisci showed a strong lineup of equestrian-inspired looks comprised of structural leather dresses, luxurious over-the-knee riding boots, and sexy lace. Precision-cut jackets were paired with jodhpur trousers, and full pleated skirts were styled with cropped caplet jackets, driving home the riding theme. Tisci's signature hard-edge style was present in every look; dresses ranged from architectural leather renditions to embellished boudoir-like slip dresses showing sexy slits and sheer detailing. For added texture, Tisci showcased sumptuous two-tone short-sleeve jackets and tricolor vests. There were also a bevy of leather pants dipped in bright red hues and our favorite: a standout pair of black quilted trousers. More highlights from the collection below.
- Trends: Leather dresses, structured coats, over-the-knee boots, jodhpurs.
- Colors: Red, black, brown, camel, tangerine, purple.
- Key Look: We loved the structural leather pieces and tailored blazers.
- Accessories: Over-the-knee boots, wide belts, leather gloves, silk scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave dramatic fashion-forward looks like front-row attendees Alicia Keys, Leigh Lezark, and Cassie Ventura.
Cacharel Fall 2012 was a feminine ode to the idea of flight, complete with chic flight suits, aviator caps, necklaces that looked like they had been cut from a plane's wing, and a color palette that reminded one of blue skies and clouds. No surprise, then, to hear the inspiration was none other than Amelia Earhart. The contemporary line is beloved for its effortless take on feminine dressing, and this season proved no exception, with plenty of soft dresses and skirts, knit sweaters, and belted coats.
>> Cacharel Fall 2012 was a literal flight of fancy — aviator references came via bomber jackets, aviator caps, metal collar necklaces, and one very chic "flight" jumpsuit. However, Cacharel's signature femininity still ruled thanks to sweet knit dresses, flowy maxi skirts, and a baby-hued color palette shot through with red.
>> It's no wonder Haider Ackermann has so many fans. Artful draping, masterful tailoring, clever color-mixing — Ackermann excels at all. This season, the designer put those talents to great use, offering up a collection that felt modern, powerful, directional — and sublimely feminine. Strict silhouettes — think lean jackets, slim trousers, straight skirts — were punctuated by artful folds and sculptural drapes, then cinched with wide, hard belts for an exaggerated sense of proportion and drama. Perhaps most delightful, however, was Hackermann's masterful use of color. Rust, olive, umber, carmine, smoke, and cobalt — in synergistic combos, they really made you think.
Jessica Alba struck a pose at the Lanvin ready-to-wear Fall 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week on Friday. She was sitting next to her sister-in-law Nikki, who she brought along to partake in the fashionable festivities. Jessica arrived in France on Thursday, but her visit was a short one since she was already saying au revoir to the city of love today. Jessica chronicled her whole trip on Twitter and Instagram, sharing everything she saw and all the delicious things she ate while abroad. Jessica made a similarly quick visit to NYC for the Michael Kors runway show last month, but she doesn't seem to want to stay away from her daughters Haven and Honor and husband Cash Warren long.
There's a perfect nonchalance and a decidedly sporty edge to Sonia Rykiel's Fall 2012. April Crichton's collection is an artful balance of menswear and feminine dressing — we're treated to both strong suiting that takes shape in double-breasted coats and boxier silhouettes before the looks soften into more femme territory. That's femme without the frills — even ruching or sheer fabrications appear easy, never overworked. Dresses skim curves, but don't hug — it's knitwear that gets the sexiest finish on pencil skirts and slim sweaters with a sweatband-style headband that calls to mind more literal definitions of sportswear.
- Trends: Menswear, pastels, knitwear, sheer.
- Colors: Black, peach, red, teal, white, nude.
- Key Look: The soft printed and ruched dresses are a pretty departure from the sharp suits; we're taken with Rykiel's sexier knitwear.
- Accessories: Ankle-strap platforms, boots, and ankle-crop booties finished in slick black patent; sporty headbands.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who don't try too hard, like Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson; Kirsten Dunst would be a perfect fit for any of the line's pretty frocks.
>> A pretty palette of apricot, peach, and red dominated April Crichton's Fall 2012 collection for Sonia Rykiel. Silhouettes were slim and high on the neck, with a few oversize coats and jackets to provide contrast. Knits — the house's signature — came in an intriguing mix of chunky ribs, '70s colorblock, and superfine slim-fits.
Last year, his menswear show centered on mostly nude bodybuilders, and past presentations have involved live science experiments, headdresses made from arugula, and gold spray-painted bananas worn as headbands. Paris sometimes seems like a contest to see which designer can be the most outlandish, and so far this year, Bernhard Willhelm is winning.
For her Fall 2012 collection, Isabel Marant mixed her signature bohemian-cool style with a splash of the Wild West. Specifically, it was the late 19th century cowgirls that inspired Marant: "I love the way they were wearing very masculine trousers to ride horses with lace shirts," said Marant. That said, the designer mixed feminine pieces with tougher elements by pairing a bevy of cowgirl shirts and sheer blouses with ruffled skirts and cropped pants. The latter featured a mix of fringed jeans and a standout pair of louche gray suede trousers with red trim. Short dresses ranged from laser-cut leather minis to a silk shirtdress rendition of the cowgirl top. Shoes are always a big seller for Marant, and we can already predict a long waiting list for her newest offerings: point-toe pumps with cutout details and embroidered leather cowboy boots. More details from Isabel Marant's irresistibly cool collection below.
- Trends: Western influence, oversized coats, laser-cut detailing, cropped flare pants.
- Colors: Red, gray, ivory, military green, black, navy, pink.
- Key Piece: The military coat, suede trousers, and cute cowboy shirts.
- Accessories: Embroidered cowboy boots, suede point-toe pumps, skinny leather and brass belts.
- Who Would Wear It: It girls like Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung; anyone who craves an effortless cool look.