Paris Fashion Week Favorites So Far

Even Balenciaga may be a little worried about this economy because this is one of the most wearable collections I've seen from the design house in a while. The collection still had its unique flair with amazing draped skirts, padded shoulders and bold prints, but the space-age feel from past collections was reined in, featuring a softer pieces.

If anyone was going to transform the puffer coat into a runway standout it would be Junya Watanabe. This Japanese designer has a knack for turning everyday pieces into avant-garde creations. The collection also showcased a lot of interesting pleating, folding and draping. High fashion that is warm enough for a Midwestern winter--I love it.

From puffer coats to pea coats, Yohji Yamamoto puts a spin on the classic coat in a collection filled with loose-but-tailored looks.

Issey Miyake shifts into gear for FW09 with a high performance collection. Karate masters took to the runway to show that the clothes just didn't look tough. Bold prints and strong lines carried this theme through the more feminine pieces.

I'm never sure what designer Rei Kawakubo is communicating with a Comme des Garçons collection, but I'm always fascinated by it. The collection felt like a hidden fantasy world. Everything seems to be something else. And I'm going to spend the next several months wishing upon a star that the checker-print coat appears in my closet somehow. A girl can dream.

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