Signature Looks Presented at Paris Fashion Week (Photos)

Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Stella McCartney

Epoch Times Staff Created: March 13, 2011 Last Updated: July 26, 2011
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A model presents a creation by British designer John Galliano during the Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by British designer John Galliano during the Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Renowned fashion labels presented their signature looks for Fall 2011 at the Paris Fashion Week, adding new elements to winter trends while preserving the best from before.

Alexander McQueen, the London label under the designer of the same name, received the most media buzz among all the attendees of the fashion week. The collection was the work of Sarah Burton.

Known for the use of fine British tailoring and French haute couture, the Alexander McQueen pieces gave attention to every single detail. With fur-trimmed edges, studs, and fluffy volume, both romance and fantasy were given play in the designs.

Chanel’s stage was reminiscent of a misty dawn in the old days. Smokey shades that resembled the cloudy sky with complementary bits of red and white tied the collection together.

As usual, there was a variety of styles. Natural fit straight-leg pants for the women were a hit, along with classic white shirts and the legendary Chanel jackets decorated with Victorian-style accessories, like delicate ruffle ribbons and long straps tied around the waist. The models paired the garments with black leather prism heels.

Part of the collection also carried gothic designs, for example, a petticoat-like feather skirt with foamy volume in black. The tenderness of the material and the power of its color made a sharp contrast, but when put together, it proved to be an excellent combination.

Chloé’s winter collection brought the fashion craze back to the 1970s with bell-bottoms (the loose-fit flare jeans in their classic blue color), collar shirts in bright colors, and almost square-shaped shoulder bags with single straps.

Leather jackets designed in the boldest and at the same time simplest way also popped up frequently. It seemed like Chloé’s designer Hannah MacGibbon chose to leave the trending wintry colors of gray and caramel behind, and showed the audience a collection of brightness.

Dior's John Galliano used luxurious materials, theatrical and royal styles to the extreme. Headwear could be found on almost every model at Galliano’s show, be it a  Victorian hat or simple pieces of feather.

Moving on from her botanic spring collection, London designer and former Chloé creative designer Stella McCartney delivered a wonderland of sheerness and dots. Quite a few pieces featured transparent fabrics in white or black and paillettes spread all over.

Overall, the collection was a contrast to the trends of fur, big wool coats, and complex prints, with looks simple and delicate.

Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy continued to show themes of nature, wildlife, as well as religions. Romantic and sensual, the Givenchy pieces brought a strong tribal feel from inside out. You could find prints of jaguars on the blouses, floral patterns sewn to the edges, and natural shades of violet and lemon put together with black.

Another designer with trademark styles, multiple reports said that Tisci is considered a front-runner for Galliano’s previous position at Dior, though nothing has been confirmed officially.



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