Paris Fashion Week's Fall 2012 season built on Spring 2012's trend of pure, unadulterated femininity. This season's woman maintained her femininity, but the clothes felt more powerful. These looks are not for the girly-girl, but rather for the woman, who is sophisticated - she knows what she wants and how to get it. This customer is not so much the cliche female at the top of her game living in a male-dominated world, rather the more tasteful lady who is unafraid of experimentation: she is bold and daring, fun and saucy. Spring 2012's girl has grown up.
Though fashions always look to the past for inspiration, these shows seemed to look more towards the future. Looks comprised of classic silhouettes re-imagined and newer silhouettes defined. Alexis Mabille presented a gorgeous wrap coat in the perfect shade of lipstick red and Phoebe Philo at Celine showed a stunning azure blue coat that took minimalist structure to the max. Balenciaga and Chalayan played on futuristic elements, the former with accentuated silhouettes and sheer details in unexpected places and the latter with sleek design and perfectly executed shapes. Stella McCartney presented the loveliest royal blue trousers that will sure to make a huge impact when they are taken to the streets and Lanvin created the epitome of feminine ferocity.
Right: Alexis Mabille
Left: Dries Van Noten
Right: Giambattista Valli
Left: Haider Ackermann
Right: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Left: Stella McCartney
Right: Yohji Yamamoto
All images from style.com
It will be interesting to see the evolution in between spring and fall this year - seeing how fashion grows up. At this point, we shall look to the street, because though we all love the runway, that's where fashion is headed.
What did you think of Paris Fashion Week and Fashion Month as a whole? What were your favorite collections of the Fall 2012 season? Let me know with a comment.