>> New York, London, Milan, and Paris — all the best trends, from all the Spring 2012 collections. Mid-century silhouettes, sherbet hues, and a dash of deco thrown in for good measure —plus more. Click through for all the key looks of the season, here in the slideshow.
Paris Fashion Week is the crème de la crème of fashion weeks, with designers like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino showing off their beautiful iterations for Spring 2012. The City of Light proved that pretty peplums are the must-have silhouette for next season. Whether you want a slight peplum via a thick waist belt, or you're ready to wear a dramatic ruffled version, make sure to keep peplums on your radar for Spring.
To see all the top trends from Paris Fashion Week, click to view our Paris Trend Report.
Inspired by, among many things, Greek goddesses, architecture, Georgia O'Keefe, and sea shapes, some of the world's top designers showed collections filled with fringe, colorblocking, lace, and new silhouettes for Spring 2012. What exists under the sea was on the minds of Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, and Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton. Twentieth-century Mexico inspired the romantic dresses at Valentino while architectural shapes informed the collections at Hermés and Celine. It was a gorgeous week for fashion, and we've gathered the top 10 trends from Paris Fashion Week.
Once you finish with Paris, don't miss our trend reports from New York and Milan!
A Look Backstage at Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Chloe, Valentino, YSL, and Louis Vuitton
>> The end is here: we've got your last backstage look until next season. See Stella McCartney celebrate the end of her show, Marc Jacobs chatting with Kate Moss behind-the-scenes at Louis Vuitton, the super cool Yves Saint Laurent hairpieces, plus snaps from Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Valentino, and Giambattista Valli in the slideshow.
Photos by Greg Kessler
>> Paris Fashion Week rounded out the season with over 100 shows in just nine days. We've condensed the thousands of looks that paraded down the runways into the 43 most memorable for your viewing pleasure, from Kate Moss's bell-shaped minidress at Louis Vuitton to Natasha Poly's sculptured jacket at Givenchy. See all in the slideshow.
>> The final installment of Spring 2012 Fashion Week street fashion is here. We've got Christine Centenera and Saskia de Brauw in trenches, Alexa Chung three different ways, and quite a few pops of red. See the last — but not by any means the least — looks from Fashion Month in the slideshow.
Paris Fashion Week has showed us amazing street style to cull inspiration from all season long. While perusing through the amazing photos, we noticed an overarching theme of yellow looks. From cool button-up blouses — seen here on the gorgeous Joan Smalls — to wide-leg trousers, we can't wait to incorporate the trend into our Fall ensembles. Contrast is key, so make sure to temper your sunny hues with complementary colors, like black and white. Just click the slideshow to see all of the amazing outfits, and then shop our similar picks.
Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler
The celebrity-favorite designer turned out a rainbow-coded color fest for Spring '12. It's as if he took each primary hue from a box of crayons, then offered an iteration of evening wear, cocktail sheaths, and suiting — one in every color. The primary references have only to do with color scheming; there's nothing elementary about the red-carpet-worthy gowns, made brighter and more statement-worthy in sequins, dreamy sheer layers, and lace. You see the craftsmanship in every piece — a subtle, smart lace inset on a cobalt blue suit, a just-sexy-enough neckline on a fitted sheath. It's a collection that carries its sex appeal with total confidence — just like that woman who will wear it.
- Trends: Brights, lace, sheer, slits.
- Colors: Bold blue, green, orange, and yellow; creamy white.
- Key Look: The green sequined gown with a cinched waist and a plunging neckline.
- Accessories: Box clutches and strappy pumps to match every colorful look.
- Who Would Wear It: Look for it all over the red carpet.