Peep the Latest Pre-Fall 2011 Shoes, Bags, and Accessories From Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Givenchy, Celine, and More!
>> The unveiling of Pre-Fall collections is still going strong, and we have the latest batch of shoes, bags, and accessories for you to check out — up close and personal. From a leather and plaid Celine bag, left, to a pair of over-the-knee lace-up boots from Givenchy, peruse the slideshow to see more of our favorite shoes, bags, and accessories from the likes of Lanvin, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, and Nina Ricci.
Backstage Snaps from Paris Fashion Week Part Two: Karlie Kloss Playing Air Guitar at Jean Paul Gaultier, and More
>> The latest from backstage at Paris Fashion Week: Coco Rocha and her husband James Conran hanging pre-Christian Dior with Maryna Linchuk, Karlie Kloss playing air guitar at Jean Paul Gaultier, and Roland Mouret having a moment backstage with Daiane Conterato. All that, plus more snaps from Lanvin, Haider Ackermann, Pedro Lourenco, and Viktor & Rolf.
Photos: Greg Kessler
Backstage Snaps from Paris Fashion Week Part One: Daria Werbowy at Balmain, Crystal Renn at Zac Posen, and More
>> With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, we've got a look at Daria Werbowy and Carmen Kass backstage at Balmain — the latter showing off her new crop; Crystal Renn, Sessilee Lopez, Hilary Rhoda, and Coco Rocha all having a ball at Zac Posen; plus behind the scenes snaps from Dries van Noten, Nina Ricci, Rochas, and Rick Owens.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Bianca Balti opened in what turned out to be a very '60s-drawn Rochas collection by Marco Zanini. Teased flippy hair, shift dresses, exaggerated pointy collars, and acid hues were punctuated by leopard print and gold lame on bags and the elbow shields of cardigans. Zanini said he was inspired by a Goldie Hawn movie, Cactus Flower — perhaps explaining the floral bow motif carrying throughout. The finale, a crowd of models showered in a psychedelic mix of colored lights.
>> Marco Zanini's new, more commercial interpretation at Rochas was so well-received last season, he kicked off Paris Fashion Week this morning, taking his designs to the runway for the first time under the label. Anna Wintour was front row for the '40s-inspired collection with below-the-knee hemlines: Zanini said he wanted to get away from classic Parisian fashion, and instead imagined "a young woman going to a boarding school in Saigon."
The reception seems to be positive, if a bit unenthused. T's Anne Christensen deemed it "not what I expected but nice"; the AP concluded that Zanini made "a strong case for [Rochas's] resurrection"; Cathy Horyn called it "interesting, unhurried . . . I sensed [Zanini] was doing his version of French sportswear, perhaps inspired by the Rochas legacy"; and WWD noted that the collection had similarities to Dries van Noten's work, but "Zanini seems to have plenty of ideas and enough technical skill to put Rochas somewhere on the map."
>> Rochas Going Back to Runway for Spring 2010 —After Rochas's first collection since reopening — for Fall 2009 under the hand of Marco Zanini — was so well-received, owner Gibo has decided to bring the label back to the runway. The Fall 2009 collection was presented as an installation at an art gallery in the Marais, and for Spring 2009 — reflecting a huge vote of confidence for the label and Zanini — Rochas will effectively kick off Paris Fashion Week at Musée de l'Homme. [FWD]
>> It was a surprise when Rochas reopened ready-to-wear for Fall 2009, just two years after unceremoniously closing down its fashion brand, leaving only a line of fragrances. But it turns out those fragrances, moneymakers though they are, are part of the reason the clothes are back — without the fashion, a brand runs the risk of losing relevance. "Fragrances have only a certain shelf life," says Robert Burke, an investment consultant and former Bergdorf Goodman executive, told The Wall Street Journal. "Fragrances are generally successful when they're connected to a living person."
So far, Marco Zanini's revival of the label has been well-received — Style.com's Nicole Phelps called his first collection for Fall 2009 "a promising start," and WWD ruled, "So far, so good." But now is not the best time to restart a luxury brand — Christina Binkley of The Wall Street Journal noted that while she was in the Paris showroom for an hour during Fashion Week, she spotted only one buyer looking the collection over. Ken Downing, fashion director at Neiman Marcus, says he picked up the collection, meanwhile, and named it as one of his favorites from Paris Fashion Week, because it "had great late-day and dinner dressing."