For Fall, designers at Paris Fashion Week showcased ankle-strap shoes in a wide array of colors and styles. The heels at Christian Dior looked like they came straight from the ballet, complete with boxy, point-shoe-inspired toe-caps, little bows, and ribbon-like straps in a muted palette ranging from black to mauve. Chanel went for an edgy take on the t-strap heel, adding chunky lucite heels to ombre ankle-strap shoes in jewel-tone shades. And Louis Vuitton went all out with versions that were super-high, colorblocked, and had metallic toe-caps and oversized buttons! See all of these fabulous heels in our Paris Fashion Week Trend Report. On Allison McNamara: Marni for H&M top.
To close out Paris Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs partied with a handful of his fashionable, A-list friends including Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sarah Jessica Parker to fete the launch of his new exhibition at Musee des Arts Decoratifs called "Louis Vuitton — Marc Jacobs: The Exhibition." The two-floor exhibit showcases an entire floor of original Louis Vuitton, and the second floor features designs that Marc Jacobs has created for the brand. Wearing a black Louis Vuitton suit, Gwyneth revealed that she tends to stick to menswear-inspired pieces because of her long, slender frame, saying she doesn't have Sofia Vergara's curves. Curves or not, we think Gwyneth is always dressed to perfection. Watch today's Fab Flash to see all of the looks! On Allison McNamara: Marni for H&M top, Lanvin for H&M lipstick.
Paris Fashion Week is over, but the shows will be influencing style all year. There was plenty of risk-taking eye makeup, a lot of slick hair, and all the dark lips you'd expect for Fall. See 30 of the most notable looks from the week, from Miu Miu and Givenchy to Kanye West's latest outing, and get a leg up on all your fashion-obsessed friends.
Loads of leather covered the runway at Valentino for Fall 2012, including everything from an amazing leather toggle coat to a dramatic full-length trench. Of course, designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri also turned out gorgeous sheer, lacy dresses, embellished shifts, and several brilliant red frocks, including a scalloped version just waiting to be worn by one of the celebrities in the front row. Soak up the entire collection by watching the runway show right now!
The Alexander McQueen show is known for darkly beautiful drama, but for Fall 2012, designer Sarah Burton lightened the mood with a slew of feathery dresses and separates that nearly floated down the runway. Metallic, bow-bedecked belts cinched the waists of embellished frocks and coats, and large visors covered all of the models' eyes on the catwalk, giving the show an otherwordly feel. Watch the entire Alexander McQueen show right here, and be sure to read our editors' full review here.
Paris Fashion Week may be winding down, but the front-row fashion shows no signs of slowing. At Louis Vuitton, Sarah Jessica Parker lit up the room in a white lace Louis Vuitton dress and shoes, Fenton bracelets, and Fred Leighton earrings. And over at Valentino, Nicky Hilton paired her sweet but sexy Valentino frock with Christian Louboutin pumps and a ring from Nicholai by Nicky Hilton. Christian Dior's new cover girl, Mila Kunis, opted for the designer du jour, and Jessica Alba perfected her cocktail attire in a one-shoulder, embellished Lanvin mini. See all of these gorgeous looks in today's Fab Flash! On Allison McNamara: Madewell.
Marc Jacobs sure knows how to put on a show! Last season, pastel-clad models got off a carousel, and for Fall, models stepped off a custom-made train onto the runway, complete with uniform-clad porters carrying coveted Louis Vuitton luggage for each girl. Trousers, dresses, and coats were covered in ornate patterns and colors and accessorized with prim floppy hats. More was definitely more when it came to prints, and designer Marc Jacobs featured ladylike silhouettes covered in head-to-toe patterns, infused with a hint of whimsy that we love. Watch the entire show and see for yourself!
Paris Fashion Week is always the wildest of the big four global fashion powwows (the other three being New York, Milan, and London). Fittingly, it usually has the most exciting makeup. This season, we're coveting the winged liner at Lanvin and the silent film star makeup from Givenchy, but we also loved the beautiful shadow at Dior, the playful eyes at Manish Arora, and the stunning lip color at Kenzo. You should judge who "won" Paris for yourself, though. See close-ups of the makeup at every show from Chanel to Viktor & Rolf now.
The Chanel Fall 2012 show was all about crystals: ensembles covered in amethyst, runways strewn with sparkling sand, and a set made of enormous stalagmites that could have been taken from Superman's Fortress of Solitude. In keeping with this theme, Miranda Kerr (seen above) and her fellow clotheshorses stepped out in rock-encrusted eyebrows that coordinated nicely with their ensembles. We've seen a lot of interesting eyebrows these past few Fashion Weeks, everything from neon brow powder to bleach and studs. But this is the first time we've actually seen bespoke eyebrows that might as well be jewelry. What do you think — is it cool and avant-garde, or should Karl Lagerfeld just have stuck to semiprecious accents on his coats and necklaces?
In a ode to girlish femininity, models glided down the catwalk at Christian Dior in jewel-embellished confections made from satin and chiffon. Ballet-slipper pink and pastel full-skirted silhouettes were cinched at the waist with thick belts and paired with peplum tops, giving this collection a whimsical, balletic feel that we love. And, of course, there was no shortage of floaty chiffon gowns fit for the red carpet. Watch to see the entire Christian Dior show now, and read our editor Marisa Tom's full review here.