October 5, 2012

the friday five: best of the rest.

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well another fashion season has come and gone and this one has had its fair share of intrigue. while there was no game of designer musical chairs, there was still drama in the case of designers and pr firms behaving badly. now i know that there is always going to be someone not happy with where they are in the couture pecking order, but there is something i keep coming back to: at the end of the day, fashion shows are all about the clothes. journalists are there to offer an opinion, and buyers are there to pick out what they think will sell and sell well. and with that, here are my favorite five collections from paris and milan (peep my other favorites from earlier in the season here).

1. lanvin: i’ve heard quite a bit of chatter about lanvin being the same old thing. well as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. alber elbaz delivered another masterful collection of clothes that woman want to wear and that real women can wear.

2. christian dior: this was one of the most anticipated shows of the season, and it did not disappoint. raf simons looked to the dior archives for inspiration, but of course but his own modern spin on it. the clothes felt fresh and youthful, but still elegant. my favorite ensemble? the sexy evening shorts, shown with a long duster top or a shiny, poofy top, almost ballgown-like top.

3. miu miu: for the past few seasons, i’ve been a bit baffled by miu miu, but this time around, miuccia prada filled the collection with lovely pieces
that are fun but not funky. i’m totally enamored by the long over short
silhouettes and the couture-like separates done in dark denim.

4. giambattista valli: sleek “girl meets boy” sportswear in a focused palette of white, black, red, and grey. 3d floral crop tops and pencil skirts, sheer shirttail dresses, and draped chiffon cocktail dresses will satisfy the girly girls, while sleeveless vests, cigarette pants, and boxy jackets and tops work for the more androgynous. of course, the beauty of the collection is mixing the two together.

5. bouchra jarrar: fast becoming one of my new favorite designers, jarrar also kept things focused and the pieces wearable, like a swingy leather jacket, a-line skirts and dresses, tweed toppers, and straight leg trousers.

photos from style.com