PFW A/W11 Highlights

Louis Vuitton
Welcome to the Hotel Vuitton. Set in the loby, Marc Jacobs introduces us to the highly fashionable staff, wearing moulded leather bodices, coated leather, rubber skirts, and sheer pieces. The clothing was both voluminous and minimal at the same time, with a focus on the sleeves, colars and fitted pencil skirts. As  Kate Moss is walking down the catwalk, waving a cigarette, I can't help but thinking that this collection was smoking.

With a new stylist and an absent Creative Director, Balmain's show definitely managed to surprise. For her first collection, Mélanie Ward took a chance and toned down the brand's punk signature look.  The trademark shouldered blazers, metallic leather and beaded pieces were still there but the skin-tight trousers left place to breezy silhouettes, with cuffed trousers and notably Balmain's first ever jumpsuit. If Emmanuelle Alt's years are behind, Mélanie Ward showed us that there is a lot more to come for the brand.

Christian Dior
Regardless of the recent scandal involving John Galliano, this collection was, admittedly, as beautiful as ever. If the evening pieces' textures and layering were a pleasure to look at, the highlight of the show had to be the day wear. The girls were the perfect picture of the quintessential romantic Galliano woman, with sheer pastel chiffon, lace and tulle. We can only be thankful that "the heart of the House of Dior, which beats unseen, made up of its teams and studios, of its seamstresses and craftsmen" managed to keep this Galliano touch for the designer's last official collection for Dior. 

Elie Saab
Once again, Elie Saab managed to blend innovation and classic, simple silhouettes for a show that left me speechless. The designer plays with colour with an intense colour palette going from black, to dark purple and strong coral red, and textures with leather and crepe. Dress after dress, Saab's lastest collection didn't cease to impress me with his modern and yet timeless cuts.

Elbaz went dark for this collection. The gothic tree and the clothes were reminiscent of another time with plain, coated or caped looks, pilgrim shoes and what Vogue came to call "church-lady handbags", but as it is often the case with Lanvin, the details were everything. The metallic jewellery, the textures, the drapes, the zippers : every single details was opening the way for the finale and the colourful dresses that made the success of Elbaz for Lanvin.

Miu Miu
This 40s-inspired collection was exactly what you could expect from Miu Miu. Following this season's trend of the muddy colour palette, Prada's little sister went all out with exaggerated, structural shapes. Still, the outfits were up to date thanks to the sparkly shoes and bare legs, giving it a modern twist. I have to say that, as much as I liked the clothes, what really struck me was the accessories. The oversized clutch bags and the sunglasses are definitely going on my ultimate wishlist as I am typing this.

Outerwear was the main success of this Valentino A/W11 show. Nude knitted coats, cardigan coats, leather slim trench coats : there was something for everyone, but what's underneath the coat for the Valentino woman? A black lace skirt paired with a ribbed crew-neck sweater, or sleek cashmere dresses and surprisingly enought, prints. The finishing touch remains the studs, that have come to be the house trademark after the success of their famous T-strap shoes.

Zac Posen
Zac Posen's A/W collection is all about the silhouette, with an emphasis on the waist as it is often the case with him. The models were rocking the hourglass shape in the nicest shades of blue. One thing that I can really see going from the catwalk to the high street is the skinny cropped trousers, and if I am still not sure if I am ready to wear the bright blue eye shadow look, I sure love it.

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- Elodie x
  1. wonderful overview! i especially love the balmain dress. the sparkles!


  2. I love the third dress

  3. Christian Dior dress is amazing!!!
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  4. Gorgeous pics!love the Dior dress