Friday, March 12, 2010

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2010-2011

By April Hall, Paris Correspondent

Marithe & Francois Girbaud -
As spectators sat in a freezing cold warehouse, it was a welcome sight to witness models strut by in a fall/winter collection that actually looked warm. The first part of the show was featured both clever androgyny and ambiguity: menswear looks were worn by both men and women, and it was impossible to tell if some outfits were one or 2 or more pieces. The second portion involved coats resembling sleeping bags with hoods and large lapels. The designers also managed to put drawstrings in everything from boots to skirts to leather jackets, which is indicative of the overall fun ingenuity of the show.

Photo Courtesy of and Matteo Volta, 2010

Chapurin -
Through his recent fashion show, Igor Chapurin single-handily has assured all earth tone loving fashionistas that brown is in! Models sported thigh high legwarmers that matched luxurious sweaters in rich browns and blacks, while simple waist belts kept the silhouette svelte. Chapurin also played with colour, adding purple and teal to some of his looks. Leather pieces, such as cuffed shorts, added another dimension of not only style but warmth in this impressively cohesive collection.

Photo Courtesy of and Matteo Volta, 2010

Junko Shimada -
Colour colour colour! Just because it was a fall/winter collection did not mean the design duo behind Junko Shimada could not use colour. Red and magenta, and even neon yellow, shared the catwalk with polka dots and hearts to create a bright feeling for the winter months. Not a house known for its particularly practical shoes, models slowly and deliberately wobbled past fluorescent lights on impossibly high striped wedges. The main silhouettes included over sized knit sweater dresses and simple leather coat dresses, while the twisted long sleeved romper stole the show.

Photo Courtesy of and Matteo Volta, 2010
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac -
There is nothing quite like a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show, and the fall/winter 2010 one did not disappoint. From the paparazzi swarm around Dita von Teese to the hipster electro-pop duo's performance to one of the models leading a dog around the catwalk, the shows entertainment value was upstaged only by the clothes themselves. The collection was inspired by Bambi in the medieval ages, and her visage was featured on many pieces, including an exquisite paillette dress. The designer also sent out looks that appeared to be crafted from middle age tapestries, in addition to dresses that could protect a gallant knight, and even a stained glass window inspired cardigan.

Photo Courtesy of and Matteo Volta, 2010

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