Paris Fashion Week
With his latest collection, Alber Elbaz added candy-bright embellishments to his signature orchidaceous separates. Classic sheaths shimmered with sequins and oversized statement necklaces were '60s Pop pretty.
In her first outing as head designer for Chloe, Hannah MacGibbon gave good girl. Suits and dresses alike were trimmed with standout scallops, while sundresses were subtly sexy with skin-revealing ruffles. The all-solids collection mixed shining leather shorts with voluminous blouses and slouchy jackets in shades of apricot, navy and burnt umber.
Ready your credit cards, wood nymphs! Alexander McQueen's latest collection borrowed the beauty of nature through soft organic shapes rendered in floral and wood-grain prints. Leggy looks for evening included shining, hourglass-inducing minidresses and ethereal embroidered frocks.
Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell led the cowgirl parade at Jean Paul Gaultier's latest outing for Hermes. Old West-inspired suede separates were trimmed with fringe and mixed with dark denim. Easy after-dark looks included catwalk-sweeping shirtdresses and sleek little black dresses.
Viktor & Rolf
Alien beauty Shalom Harlow was the sole model for Viktor & Rolf's Spring 2009 collection, courtesy of a digital video presentation. The supermodel summoned up otherworldly glam in crystal-studded striped minidresses, graphic print stockings and color-block metallic shoes.
This season, Elie Saab turned out a cupcake of a collection in frosting shades of blush, lavender, lemon and violet. Ultra-feminine taffeta suits were trimmed in stiff ruffles, while sequined shifts came paired with matching jackets. For evening, flowing gowns brought a hint of the boudoir to a very sweet lineup.
Mod met medieval in Alessandra Facchinetti's final collection for Valentino. Shorts suits, chiffon gowns and satin shifts were all encrusted with heavy coiled embroidery, while empire-waist evening gowns were paired with flat, jewel-toned slippers, perfect for today's on-the-go princesses.
For his third collection of the season, designer Marc Jacobs turned out a global mix of clean separates and bombastic accessories at Louis Vuitton. Trim mini-trenches were paired with hip-high skirts, sweaters layered over oxfords and pieced jackets tossed over sheer tanks. The accessories story was bold and beautiful, including shoulder-dusting earrings, waist-cinchers and embellished sandals, all in autumnal tones of rust, saffron and persimmon.
For Spring 2009, Karl Lagerfeld painted a ladylike picture-signature tweed suits were embellished with strands of beads and spectator pumps were trimmed in marabou. For after dark, Lagerfeld offered jumpsuits with flamenco-style sleeves and shimmering Easter Parade pastel florals.
Wear and tear was made beautiful in Miuccia Prada's latest outing for Miu Miu. Mosaic prints got glossings of graffiti and pretty pleated dresses were distressed with holes. Pencil skirts had pleated peplums fit for Prada's modern goddesses.
This collection was tailor-made for Hollywood starlets like Natalie Portman, who watched the show from the front row. The silhouettes came in the form of '50s-inspired party dresses, peplum jackets, pencil skirts and daytime sheaths. The romantic evening looks that ended the show were embellished with couture-like details, including frothy tulle ballgowns perfectly suited for the red carpet or a trip down the aisle.
Yves Saint Laurent
Stefano Pilati's spring lineup was loosely Japanese-inspired and purely Parisian chic. The smartly tailored looks included zip-front dresses, sheer tops and belted suits. The season's standouts were the wardrobe-staple LBDs and must-have latticework leather heels that are sure to be a hit with YSL's most fashionable Hollywood fans.
McCartney's effortless-looking lineup had a sexy attitude for spring. The collection of key pieces included silk jumpsuits-that came down the runway in short and long versions-signature oversized knits, classic menswear-inspired jackets and racy cocktail dresses. The designer dedicated the show to her family, including her dad, Paul McCartney, who was seen smiling proudly in the front row.
The legendary Parisian designer celebrated her 40th year in fashion with a late-night dinner and runway show. The all-star crowd (including Emma Watson and Dita von Teese) looked on as Rykiel presented a spring collection of brightly-colored dresses, signature striped knits and easy-to-wear jackets. After the show, her daughter announced, "A birthday without a surprise isn't a birthday,” and out came 30 tribute looks designed by some of fashion's biggest names like Martin Margiela, Lanvin’s Alber Albaz, Rodarte and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Designer Esteban Cortazar's sophomore collection for Ungaro was inspired by his artist father. The vibrant lineup-perfect for hot climates-included sexy, Spanish-inspired dresses, peasant blouses, painterly floral prints and Panama hats on every look.
Dries Van Noten
The ultra-wearable spring lineup included breezy silk tops and dresses, loose-fitting pants and shorts, and versatile blazers. The evening looks felt elegantly casual, and the white shirt and gold textured skirt (at left) could easily take you from workday to date-night. The polished collection was perfectly styled with strappy heels, statement jewelry, rounded sunglasses and clutch bags.
Designer Ricardo Tisci’s latest collection was inspired by the American Southwest. The sexy lineup of applique mini-dresses, crisp shirts, and skintight pants came in a clean color palette of mostly nude, black and white. The tough-cowgirl looks were topped off with bow headbands, diamond brooches in the shape of a sheriff's badge and the soon-to-be-coveted peep-toe cowboy boots.
Lacroix presented a collection of couture-meets-street clothes-a nod to his 1980s heyday. Included in the mix were jeweled pants and capes, dramatically ruffled dresses, Edwardian-inspired jackets and big, crimped hairstyles. The standout draped frocks in mismatched, vibrant prints that were topped off with giant Carrie Bradshaw-worthy flower corsages, looked as though they could have walked off the set of Sex and the City.
With special guest Salma Hayek looking on, designer Nicolas Ghesquiere presented a futuristic collection with a mix of asymmetrical draping and sharp structure in pale hues and metallics. The collection standouts include trimly tailored pants, iridescent metallic dresses and the sure-to-be-waitlisted square clutch bags carried by every model.
Jean Paul Gaultier
The legendary designer was yet again inspired by one of his musical muses: Madonna. After opening the show with a trio of modern dancers, models took to the runway mimicking their look in bodysuits, leotards and wrap dresses. The lineup also included silk slip dresses, exposed bra straps and revealing sheer items-Gaultier's signature underwear-as-outerwear look.
Christophe Decarnin channeled crazy sexy cool for his latest Balmain collection. Studded band jackets with stretched out shoulders were worn with bleached and pieced skinnies, while minidresses were trimmed with spiderwebs of spangles. And for after dark, tulle ballgowns were shredded and shaped for a provocative take on pretty.
Edwardian underpinnings seemed to be the inspiration for the latest collection by Olivier Theyskens. Peek-a-boo print dresses had sinuous seams, reminiscent of corseting. Cutaway gowns were rendered in light chiffon and layered under leg-of-mutton jackets for a disheveled, dressing-room effect.
For John Galliano, this season was a return to the glamazon. Front-row sitter Stephanie Seymour likely had an early 90's flashback when she caught sight of the wasp-waist minidresses and corset tops worn by this year's models. Galliano gave his sheers a hard edge with patent belts, inky leggings and high, stylized buns.
For her Spring 2009 collection, veteran designer Vivienne Westwood created a gypsy punk grab bag for nomad fashionistas. Sheer spiderweb knits were worn with low-slung tie-front trousers and loosely-draped dresses had an improvisatory feel. Westwood got especially inventive with textiles: day-glow plastic, pastel taffeta and tulle topped with elaborate cutout overlays.