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Can’t Stop Thinking About… Paris Fashion Week Edition – Top Looks

Fashion month is officially over but just because we’re off the fashion show trail doesn’t mean the thousands of looks from this month aren’t still top-of-mind. Here are a few of the looks that stuck from Paris

Chanel Fall 2011Haider Ackermann Fall 2011

Over the past few seasons, Karl Lagerfeld has been exploring other facets of the Chanel girl’s aesthetic and it has really helped the brand to grow even further past its already soaring popularity. This look (above, left) in particular, that may be out of place at tea with your grandmother, perfectly encapsulates the downtown cool that the fashion industry is obsessed with but paired with a well-cut and clean Chanel aesthetic. 

The spotlight has never been brighter on Haider Ackermann and with rumors swirling around about his possible move to a major fashion house, his collection was under extra scrutiny. His cult following was surely pleased with his signature unique perspective on draping all over this collection, and on the most sumptuous jewel toned fabrics (above, right).  

Dries Van Noten Fall 2011Stella McCartney Fall 2011

Dries Van Noten has a way with prints. It’s a proven fact, but this season’s introduction of the patchwork-style pairing of prints (above, left) was what caught my eye. A departure from last season’s more subdued collection, this look, somewhat reminiscent to the patchwork designs of London newcomer Michael Van Der Ham, is the perfect dress to throw on when you’re running late and still look polished and put together. 

There have been a lot of polka dots this season and I, for one, am not really a fan. These seemingly playful dots are surprisingly hard to wear without feeling just a bit foolish. While I certainly won’t be racing to Burberry or Marc Jacobs to pick up their spotty wears, this dress from Stella McCartney (above, right), or more specifically this inset, is just enough to stay on trend and not overpower the look. 

Miu Miu Fall 2011Elie Saab Fall 2011

A number of the Paris collections showed clutches instead of traditional handbags and this one from Miu Miu was a winner (above, left). Shown in a number of different textiles, including leather, its antique looking clasp and feminine, yet oversized, shape makes it an ideal day clutch; large enough to fit everything that would fit in your normal handbag but with a shape that makes it easy to carry and look perfectly chic. 

I usually write off designers like Elie Saab before they even show because I know what they’re going to do, red carpet glitz shown alongside a few forgettable day looks, but this season Saab showed a collection where the daywear was as covetable as the evening looks. This printed dress (above, right) that, perhaps with a bit less leg, could translate easily from day to evening, and it was just one of the classic wearable looks that the designer showed and definitely had me taking a second look.  

Givenchy Fall 2011Carven Fall 2011

Without getting into a discussion about the will he/won’t he rumors about Dior, this collection showed just why Riccardo Tisci is well suited for Givenchy. It was modern and clean while maintaining the brand’s aesthetic. This look (above, left) was by far a favorite of mine with it’s juxtaposition of textures and the flirty hem, carefully pairing a 50s silhouette with modern, downtown fabrications. 

Guillaume Henry, in his ‘showtation’, has reinvented the house of Carven with his effortlessly put together girls and their laissez-faire attitude. This look in particular (above, right), with its pairing of colors and textiles, was a standout. The careful draping of the top half with the playful volume of the skirt made for a look that would be suitable for a coffee shop in the day or a gallery opening at night. 

Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree