PFW Spring 2013 favourites

Paris Fashion Week. First it’s all the anticipation and excitement and then the lasting impressions and collections. To my surprise, this time it wasn’t so hard to pick my favourites. As the PFW was coming to an end my selection was shaping up without much effort. But before getting to that part, I have to mention that once again I am sorry that I can not include Chanel here and I have to say something about Lanvin. I found Alber Elbaz’s designs, or at least part them, utterly unoriginal: the deconstruction theme, those bows on obi belts, it was just too close to Haider Ackermann’s signature elements for me to form any objective opinion about this collection. But here are my final choices.

Chloé: for the effortless looks, beautiful shoes, bags and jewelry, chic in a word.

Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s very own Damier canvas, the brown and beige checks invented by the founder of the fashion house as far back as 1889, and by the ’60s style, Marc Jacobs delivered a simplistic (I’m all for the monogram-less bags), graphic, energetic collection that I really was in the mood for.

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Although I didn’t like the collection as a whole, especially all that sheerness that can so easily slip into the tacky side, there were a few pieces at Akris that form a completely different collection, tailored, elegant, minimalist. The brown leather look below and the printed knee-length dress are exquisite. The make-up was beautiful too and I loved the flats worn with jumpsuits, minis, trouser suits, evening dresses.

And saving it for last, Dries Van Noten. I absolutely loved this collection. Grunge never looked so stylish and fashion never looked so spontaneous. The extraordinary feeling of lightness, all those patterns, plaids and checks and florals, clashing in a superb styling of layers of pieces, the feminine/masculine juxtaposition that’s always been part of my style… This was a powerful statement of fashion at its highest.

Have a great weekend!

photos: 1-7: Chloé Spring 2013, vogue.com / 8-13: Louis Vuitton Spring 2013, vogue.com / 14-20: Akris Spring 2013, vogue.com / 21-27: Dries Van Noten Spring 2013, vogue.com


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