The Spring 2012 runway show for Dries Van Noten was a tremendous success in Paris as the designer showed a strong collection, headlined by utilization of waterproof fabrics. Standout colors from the palette included midnight blue and burgundy alongside some brighter colors as well. We’re sure all eyes are on the outerwear pieces as they really left a mark of their own.
We’d like to turn you to one of the most wearable collections from Paris Fashion Week. Maison Martin Margiela’s Spring 2012 collection was amazing to say the least as the styling was a perfect mix of modern and timeless. Shades of blue and red filled the stage but there was a healthy amount of neutrals like black and white to even the playing field.
Kris Van Assche delivers another splendid collection for Dior Homme, this time going with a more minimalist approach. Clean staples like high-waisted trousers, double-breasted blazers and button-down shirts were offered up mainly in black and white but beige and shades of blue made their way into the show as well.
Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection was one of the finest from this past week’s Paris shows and with good reason. Head designer Alber Elbaz went for a more masculine collection this time around with standout pieces ranging from leather shirts and stiffer fabrics to more structured outerwear, jackets and blazers. (via GQ)
We’re really digging the print’s in Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring 2012 collection as stripes and polka dots are pinned against florals and several other shapes to give the pieces some character and definition. There’s much to appreciate from Yohji’s collection this time around like patterned knits and Nehru-collared button-downs as well as the form-fitting outerwear, silk tops and traditionally-printed trousers.
New York designer Thom Browne brought out his Spring 2012 collection in Paris, showcasing some interesting styling and an amazing line of well-crafted suiting. Pinstriped suits with trousers hitting right at the ankle were featured heavily but that’s expected from Mr. Browne now, isn’t it?
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli deliver arguably one of the best collections from this week’s Paris Fashion Week in Valentino’s Spring 2012 lineup. The pieces are well-cut and offer up some wonderful detailing that’s luxurious but wearable at the same time. Look for military and safari jackets, K-Ways and camp shirts, cargo shorts and hooded parkas but these pieces shouldn’t be mistaken for anything you’ll find at your local army surplus shop. It all comes down to details, folks, and you’ll notice it throughout the collection. For example, the featherlight unlined chambray blazers are woven through with silk to catch the light and the parka’s plaid is patchwork, not print.
Rei Kawakubo’s delivers a fascinating showing of Comme des Garcons’ Spring 2012 collection in Paris. “Tailoring for punks” was the theme with an emphasis on Edwardian elegance which featured chisel-toed footwear, well-tailored garments in classic fabrics. Colors of choice this time around were mostly blacks and shades of pink.
Another tremendous showing at this year’s Paris Fashion Week was from Junya Watanabe as the designer showcased a Spring 2012 collection inspired by a weekend in the British countryside. The styling’s as quirky as you’d expect from the designer as he delivers colorful overalls, cropped trousers and waxed hunting jackets in several finishes and much more. (via GQ)
Thom Browne‘s Fall 2011 presentation at this year’s Paris Fashion Week was really a sight to see as Mr. Browne directed another magnificent showing. The suiting comes in several shades of gray and a few plaids that really stand out. We spied two-inch cuffs on the slim-fitting pants which we hear is in right now. (via The Fashionisto)