For Autumn/Winter, designers at Paris Fashion Week showcased ankle-strap shoes in a wide array of colours and styles. The heels at Christian Dior looked like they came straight from the ballet, complete with boxy, point-shoe-inspired toe-caps, little bows, and ribbon-like straps in a muted palette ranging from black to mauve. Chanel went for an edgy take on the t-strap heel, adding chunky lucite heels to ombre ankle-strap shoes in jewel-tone shades. And Louis Vuitton went all out with versions that were super-high, colour-blocked, and had metallic toe-caps and oversized buttons! See all of these fabulous heels in our Paris Fashion Week Trend Report.
Fashion Week is the source for heaps of amazing nail art and gorgeous polish ideas, and the Fall 2012 shows were idea gold. Sushi nails, ombré glitter manicures, fishnet-stocking French tips, crushed glass: this season had it all, and now you can, too. Here's the scoop on the hottest manicures from Paris, Milan, London and New York. What's your favourite look?
Paris Fashion Week wrapped up, marking an end to the Fashion Month festivities. Before bidding adieu to the gorgeous runway collections, we compiled all of the top trends we spotted on the runway. Designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Vanessa Bruno, and Chanel showed gorgeous metallic knits, while Balenciaga and Kanye West focused on the future. Want to get the complete Paris Fashion Week trend report? Just click the slideshow to see the top 10 burgeoning trends on the runway right now.
Paris Fashion Week is over, but the shows will be influencing style all year. There was plenty of risk-taking eye makeup, a lot of slick hair and all the dark lips you'd expect for Autumn. See 30 of the most notable looks from the week, from Miu Miu and Givenchy to Kanye West's latest outing and get a leg up on the latest trends for the season. Be sure to tell us your favourite look.
For Paul & Joe's A/W 2012 collection, Sophie Albou showed a luxe menswear-inspired line filled with louche trousers, baggy overcoats, pajama suiting, and plenty of feminine touches to temper the mood. Wearability was key; cropped bomber coats were paired with skinny pants, oversized leopard-print trousers were styled with slouchy sweaters and printed sheath dresses were tempered with long and lean tailored blazers. Meanwhile, a line-up of luxurious fur coats, sheer lace tops, and velvet separates added an opulent touch to every look. Basically, we'd like to get our hands on every piece. More details from the collection below.
- Trends: Baggy trousers, structured overcoats.
- Colours: Red, brown, green, black, grey, blue.
- Key Piece: We loved the baggy printed trousers and printed sequin tops.
- Accessories: Leather and metallic belts, oversized clutches, printed pumps, point-toe boots, cuff bracelets.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave effortless style like Elizabeth Olsen and Olivia Palermo.
Elie Saab showed a wide range of daywear and a beautiful bevy of red-carpet gowns for Fall 2012. With models clad in long hair and blunt bangs, the show kicked off with a multitude of ladylike skirt suits, loose-cut trousers, and fur coats. Casual dresses followed suit, highlighting a range of form-fitting colorblocked sheath dresses to diaphanous sheer printed renditions. However, it was the eveningwear portion of the collection that really caught our attention. Saab showed his expertise in details with a gorgeous array of sequined and metallic gowns. There were also a few sheer gowns showcasing a delicate cobweb lace detail. Which Hollywood leading lady can you picture wearing one of these amazing gowns? More details from Elie Saab's A/W 2012 collection below.
- Trends: Peplum, skirt suiting, sheer and laser-cut details.
- Colours: Black, tan, green, gold, silver, grey, beige.
- Key Piece: We loved the emerald and gold sequined gowns.
- Accessories: Point-toe cut-out shoes, skinny belts, leather and jewelled clutches.
- Who Would Wear It: We can see Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose Byrne in the glamorous sequined gowns.
What a party! Forget the front row for a second, it's all about the post-runway party for spotting the best celebrity style on the ground at Paris Fashion Week. An incredibly well-dressed crowd gathered to fête Marc Jacobs, who, riding on the back of his dramatic A/W '12 collection preview, was the guest of honour at the Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs: The Exhibition opening soirée in Paris. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Stewart (who is becoming quite the fashion darling) and Sarah Jessica Parker were on hand, as were a slew of the fashion industry's big-hitters. Step inside to see all the party pics!
With a star-studded front row in attendance — Marc Jacobs, Katy Perry, and Kate Mara to name a few — Miuccia Prada sent a myriad of menswear-inspired suits down Miu Miu's Autumn/Winter 2012 runway. The tailored looks got a whimsical kick via colourful hexagonal patterns, wide stripes, retro tapestry and flashy plaid prints, and ultra-bejewelled embellishments. Add to the mix an all-star lineup of models, including Miranda Kerr (fresh from Chanel), Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes, Jacquetta Wheeler, and Karlie Kloss, and you've got a cool collection worth poring over. Our full runway report is coming shortly, but click through to check out Miu Miu A/W '12 now.
Paris Fashion Week is wrapping up quite nicely, and although we've approached the A/W 2012 collection homestretch, our favourite front-row fixtures haven't slowed down on bringing their style A-game. It's an inspiring mix of polished elegance, eclectic cool, and slick street-style ensembles. To our point, check out Sarah Jessica Parker in sexy-chic white lace at Louis Vuitton, Poppy Delevigne working the quintessential furry-topper-and-leather-pants combo, and Natalia Vodianova showing off a luxe shift also in Louis Vuitton's front row. It may be our last day at PFW, but there's still plenty more to see — click on for the rest of Paris Fashion Week's standout front-row style.
Marc Jacobs pulled out all the stops for Louis Vuitton's Fall 2012 collection. The show kicked off with an actual custom-made train steamrolling its way onto the runway. When it came to a full stop, models stepped off (with cute little porters carrying their decadent LV luggage) wearing an array of ladylike silhouettes showcasing Marc Jacobs's signature whimsical touch. Similar to his namesake collection, Jacobs featured oversize silhouettes, but this time, with a more polished touch. Full structured skirts were styled over skinny trousers and fur-collared wool car coats were layered over printed dresses — all of which were styled with Jacobs's now signature oversize floppy hats. Opulent embellishments also came into play; dazzling jewels and ornate embroidery were adorned on an array of coats and suit sets. For evening wear, Jacobs closed out the show with a number of metallic-silver looks, highlighting slightly flared calf-length dresses paired with matching coats. More details from Louis Vuitton's magical collection below.
- Trends: Voluminous skirts, oversize coats, ornate embellishments, printed pantsuits.
- Colours: Black, camel, red, mustard yellow, blue, purple, green, silver.
- Key Piece: The jewel-embellished suits and coats immediately caught our eye..
- Accessories: Oversize floppy hats, square-toe platform oxfords and pumps, hair and monogrammed satchels, luggage bags.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who love whimsical ladylike looks, like front-row attendees Sarah Jessica Parker and Poppy Delevigne.