Paris Fashion Week Favorites So Far

It's time for the big show: Paris, fashion capital of the West and stealer of my favorite British designers. Paris excites me in a way other fashion cities don't because it's a collection of designers who raise runway to a spectacular thrill show.

In his first Paris show, Gareth Pugh added a new element to his signature black and white feminine horror movie: commercialism. Elizabethan ruffs and armor abounded, but in between the showpieces were many dresses that will have a home in Browns and Bergdorf next spring. What do you think of the nail polish?Balmain must have been watching 80s music videos while dreaming up his spring summer 2009 collection. Normally, I hate the 80s (unlike some of you) but I do have a weakness for military jackets and tutus. Acid wash jeans and shoulder pads aside, this collection makes me want to crank the radio and practice my air guitar. For your inner groupie, Balmain's made body hugging cocktail dresses accented with trashed up bling. I'd really love a pair of those spiked sandals to wear with my girliest summer clothes, but I suspect I'll be able to pick up something similar in a punk store for under $50.Red carpet staple Nina Ricci, designed by Olivier Theyskens, sent out plenty of beautiful, fashion forward gowns we'll soon see on the likes of Reese Witherspoon. (I want to see Helena Bonham Carter in that orange and grey dress!) This show continues the neutral trend started in Milan and the semi visible underwear trend from last season. The tail coats, mutton sleeves, and dress trains appeal to my inner Victorian. Sheer tights with matching shoes will be the runway trend that touches those of us who can't afford designer threads.

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Anonymous said…
Nicely Done!!
Loved his collection -
I like it when designers push the enveloppe.

Fashion must make us dream, travel, smile...and of course cry :)
Anonymous said…
-these will never go out of style
-I have always dreamed of being a fashion designer and the collection is so inspriational that it makes me want to do any thing I can to inspire some one like this inspires me

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