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05 October, 2011

paris changes everything

Lauren Conrad had a point when she uttered those wise words. Paris Fashion Week was spectacular, truly awe inspiring.

I spent the best part of half a day trawling through images on and it was time well spent. I am always amazed at the standards of creativity and beauty that are always displayed in Paris and this season was no exception.

Sarah Burton's third collection as creative director at McQueen has been my favourite to date, it was the perfect combination of the haunting gothic styling and subtle femininity that Lee McQueen made famous. Elie Saab, Valentino and Balmain all went for their usual high glam asthetic but of course each had their own twist; Balmain's rock and roll edge, Valentino's girly touches and red carpet ready at Elie Saab. I must admit I inspect every Elie Saab show for my future wedding dress. Dior's collection was once again a slight disappointment, despite many beautiful individual looks, so it is not surprising this show is rumoured to be Bill Gaytten's swan song. Marc Jacobs, one of Gaytten's rumoured replacements, bought Kate Moss back to the catwalk for Louis Vuitton in a very playfull collection that feautured bags so beautiful it made my Mum want to buy a lottery ticket. My most coveted collections however, had to be Chloe and you guessed it Chanel. Clare Waight Keller, who is new to Chloe this year, offered up a very safe but albeit pretty collection for the french fashion house. It was a lovely blend of both the masculine and feminine sexyness that has become Chloe's trademark and this was particulary apparent in the boysish silhouettes complimented with colourful embroided florals. Chanel took us under the sea in a fashion experience Poseidon would be proud of. Sequins, pearls and wonderfully white tweeds executed the look to perfection and the shell shaped bags were an amusing touch. No doubt the conch will be the hottest handbag trend come next summer.

My favourite looks below came from Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Vikor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Elie Saab, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, YSL and Chanel

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