Paris is & has always been the highlight of every season and Fall 2011 was full of tremendous fashion. The kind of fashion that makes us take note at what we not only want for ourselves but what we should be filling the shop with as well. Here's a look at the city's most exceptional outings...
Chloe's Hannah MacGibbon has clearly got a new found thing for snakeskin this season and her plays with leather & various skins mixed with the house's signature forever-cool Parisian girl nonchalance made for a slick parade of beautifully crafted pieces that looked simultaneously precious, energetic, and somehow quirky while all generously easy on the wear.
Every season needs a touch of retro flair and while Miuccia Prada has channeled the 40's many times over, her reworking of the era for Fall 2011 came with a restrained sophistication that felt achingly hip. A strong shoulder line, abbreviated proportions, graphic collars and an obi-like pouf panel at the waist made a case for straight forward, confident glamour.
All of the elements Nicolas Ghesquiere has been toying with over the past few seasons rigorously came together to create one of Balenciaga's most wearable collections in ages, and one of it's best. Adding a new midi-length to the line-up along with a vibrant classical floral wallpaper print worked to freshen up his articulated techno-chic propositions.
Last season we saw Rick Owens elevate his distinctive tribal urbanite to an intoxicating sci-fi goth-couture hybrid and Fall's layered styling of signature cashmere knits managed to elicit the kind of elusive heady glamour not often associated with his brand of modernity.
In just a few seasons Carven has quite possibly become one of our favorite contemporary brands due in major part to the simple fact that everything about whats for grabs is flawlessly appropriate, impeccably styled and uniquely on trend. And that in itself is quite a feat considering the abundant market we now think it dominates(sartorially, that is). Every single look was right-on, just like our other favorites from Paris.
Other stand outs full of enough must-have product to literally break your bank many times over included Alexander McQueen, Celine, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Limi Feu, Undercover, Valentino, Veronique Leroy & YSL.
A look at every single favorite Paris Fall 2011 runway look here