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Two years ago, Balenciaga ushered in the wave of floral dresses with bulbous skirts and cinched waists. Ever the trend-setter, Nicolas Ghesquière has quite likely done it again. If what he created for Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2010 show is any indication, a harder, tougher aesthetic is what we can expect to see on the racks of high-end department stores and smaller, mall stores. Next year promises to be full of  sleek leather and black fabric, a marked contrast from the florals and soft palettes typical of Spring/Summer looks past.

However, to serve as a contrast to the leather jodhpurs and tough hoodies, Ghesquière punched up the look with bits of color and sheer fabric–hard and soft. Ever the forward thinker, the designer also turned his eye to sustainable materials, using fabrics that were organic or recycled. While it may not be that Ghesquière was making a political statement–“Go eco!”–he certainly made a fashion statement, opting to use the fabrics that he did when envisioning his new look.

Be prepared to see the inspired Balenciaga look in a matter of months!

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Now that the Spring shows have ended (and what a whirlwind these six weeks have been), I’ve decided to look back at what was presented in each city. The plan is to gage what trends–clothing, shoes, and accessories–we have to look forward to when the temperature starts warming up, and the days began to get longer while the nights become shorter.

Cinched Waists
Alexander McQueen
Martin Grant
BCBG Max Azria
Lela Rose

Bold Color
Catherine Malandrino
Junya Watanabe
Giambattista Valli

Stella McCartney

1920s & 1930s
Temperley (South of France)
Christian Dior (1930s)

Dark Lips
Christian Dior

Flowing, kaftan-like dresses
Giambattista Valli
Stella McCartney

Grecian Silhouette

Erin Fetherston
Sophia Kokosalaki
Alexander McQueen

“Although some would call his designs outrageous, London-born designer Alexander McQueen has garnered attention for many years due to his ability to create clothing that is original and innovative.”

–from a paper titled “Notes on Style” that I wrote three and a half years ago during my graduate study.

The opinion remains. There are many designers whose works I admire, however Alexander McQueen’s name is usually at the forefront if I’m asked who some of my favorite designers are. In my everyday life, when I think about clothing that I would wear, I’m more drawn to the Catherine Malandrino/Diane Von Furstenberg/Martin Grant aesthetic. From an artistic stand point, from a visionary standpoint, though, I adore and appreciate Alexander McQueen’s artful beauty.

His collections veer into the whimsical, which I enjoy. And what holds them together is the careful construction of each piece; a close attention to some detail, whether it’s the precise cut-outs in a stiletto or the swooping curves of a tall hat. Everything is crafted to tell a story, and what a great storyteller he is.

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Martin Grant’s collection for the Spring does exactly that. He’s created finely tailored clothes that accentuate the best parts of a woman’s body–her shoulders, her legs, and her neck. However, there was one miss, and it was the hot shorts that he made. Yes, they accentuate super long legs, but I found them to be a bit much. Aside from that, I was in love with the collection. There were details on each of the outfits that are worth mentioning: the single button; the cinched waists; the perfect gathering at the hem. The color palette was simple in creams, camels, and greys, but there were moments that he punched up the collection with eye-popping lime or shimmering pink.

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Stella McCartney continues the floral theme seen in the Balenciaga show. Her collection was very floaty and flirty, quite reminiscent of an ethereal nymph.

Giambattista Valli went for the girly hues in rose, canary, and powder blue.

Céline went for the bold in everything from clothes to bags to shoes. Très chic!

Some of the silhouettes, particularly when looking at Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli, also recall a 1970s vibe with the paisley print and roomy caftan dresses. Groovy!

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Thursday, October 4th, looks as though it will be my favorite day of this whole Paris Fashion Week business.

Giambattista Valli, Céline, and Stella McCartney are showing!

I first read the woNicolas Ghesquièrerds Nicolas Ghesquière about eight years ago. The context in which my eyes skimmed that name is quite…unique. I loved reading Internet soap operas at the time. There happened to be web drama title “A Lovely Light,” which took place in bitchy Hollywood, with actors who were up-and-coming and socialites who were fighting the aging process. In any case, the author of this web drama (I forget her name) named dropped various designers, and the name Nicolas Ghesquière was one of those. Maybe it was the fancy accent mark over the “e” in Ghesquière that stuck out to me, but ever since then I have never forgotten his name. It doesn’t hurt that he isn’t bad to look at.

And neither is his collection. The classic Balenciaga shape is present in the clothes the models wore, but those fabrics are simply heavy and lush. The shimmer beneath the lights are spectacular.

Of course, there was also this piece (and several others like it) that reminded me of what Bradley Baumkirchner created for his Cher-inspired piece on Project Runway‘s Seaosn Three. And it wasn’t good.

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la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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