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)
With Paris Fashion Week fully underway, what better way to kick things off than by showing you Adam Kimmel‘s Fall 2011 presentation. Honestly, I don’t know where to start as this line really looks stunning and the styling is well done and will definitely shows the team’s creative spirit. The line has an outdoorsy appeal to it and drops a handful of wearable pieces like an olive peacoat and a well-cut suit made from warm fabrics.
Versace‘s Fall 2011 collection looked great on the runway at Paris. The show reminds us what makes Donatella’s work so appreciated in the industry. The fall line is really well curated as it’s filled with plenty of suiting, each piece as precisely cut as the one before it. We’re seeing a lot of labels honing in on a color two and utilizing that finish in just about every piece they dish out and though most of Versace’s fall collection is fairly neutral, we dig the color infusion via accessories such as neckwear and gloves.
There’s much to see enjoy when viewing Thom Browne‘s S/S 2011 collection. The creative mind has hit an all-time high as he looks to deliver sports jackets in an array of fabrics including seersucker and cotton madras, which happens to be the shirt fabric of choice at the present moment. The American designer stays close to his Americana values with saddle shoes and aviator shades and plenty of red, white and blue evenly spread throughout the collection.
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For S/S 2011, skull-print coats and pants are coupled with slim-cut blazers, providing plenty of black and white ensembles from Comme des Garcons. Combat boots are looking good with the cropped pants, but there’s plenty more to appreciate from the Japanese label. If you’re not digging the skulls, worry not as there are plenty of well-cut suits and shirts without the extras.
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The 80s are back folks, this time with slimmer cut suits and those memorable waist belts we only see on trenches these days. Viktor & Rolf use an array of light fabrics to drive their Spring/Summer 2011 collection home. The color palette is filled with creams and a few standouts like teal and royal blue.
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Much of the gear from Junya Watanabe for next spring takes inspiration from classic French sailing attire and when you pair timeless gear like boat shirts and white pants with a pair of white bucks, we notice. “A jolt of American mid-century hipster attitude that results in white bucks paired with cropped blazers, and more.”