Meanwhile, In Paris

Leandra Medine | March 5, 2012

It’s where I left my heart. You know, I spent a semester abroad in Paris, snuck into my very first fancy fashion show that season, started my first blog while over there and perhaps most importantly: stopped washing my hair in order to obtain that perfect “bobo” look the girls who hang out in Le Marais had seemingly conquered. And so every time Fashion Week goes to Paris I make it my business to get over there. This season, however, I did not. Responsibility reared its heavy head and I contemplated the overwhelming stress inducing shit I had to take care of on this side of the globe before a two week rally between Texas and Mexico toward the end of this month. Still, it will be repeated: Paris Fashion Week is the Olympics of Man Repelling and with brands like Comme des Garcons and Maison Martin Margiela at the forefront, it’s no wonder. Let’s dissect.

For the sake of fluidity, we’ll start at Maison Martin Margiela where even though cardboard box blazers and protruding waist lines are a trend of the past, layers of suiting, gorilla arms and turtlenecks used as a means to repel sickness reign again. Again? In any case, what’s important here to note is in the slit. Paris Fashion Week finds itself choc full of high slits a la 1990 but what Margiela is so good at doing, he does again. This is to say: staying on trend, yes, but including a quirk that makes it only applicable to…Margiela. See, those aren’t actually slits, they’re chunks of negative space.

Riffing on the dichotomies of Pre Fall, Balenciagais an experience best described as intergalactic, futuristic, robotic if you will. While the hint of 80s modern working girl may not be as poignant, there’s something to be said about the commitment to trend again. Dangling earrings, overwhelming hair parts, and thick sleeves for one thing. Or three things. Whatever. The sweaters are kitschy and though no homage to Star Wars, that’s where my brain be.

And in another era saluting a different type of woman, Carven‘s Guillame Henry does it again. This collection always resonates in the same way that Miu Miu does because what it is, is ultimately kids clothing for adults. And that’s what most of us want in life. If I don’t look like a boy, generally speaking I don’t care to look like a girl past the age of 10. Star garment of the collection: a certain psychedelic paisley vest at left.

Driesus Christ! Dries van Noten.A good skinny ankle complimented by roomy harem thigh, experiments with brighter colors and prints for fall and fur accents that put the ill in gorilla make it so characteristically Dries without feeling tired. I appreciate consistency through seasons: it gives a little more longevity to past seasons and in turn may help a consumer want to buy more, more, mas, more. Get where I’m going?

And through the sewing machine of more Parisian royalty: last season saw a first hint of Navajo paraphernalia and this season, Isabel Marantspares no detail in the quest to perfect a modern urban cowgirl. Represented here are what were my favorite looks for the collection–a lace high neck is a bit more Victorian than it is cowgirl and a grey menswear inspired pea coat with red details and gold buttons may read a bit more military than it is does Ranch but take a look at the blouses at large, another homage to fringe and the shoes, people, the shoes. I do also appreciate a hip belt and commitment to Capri length pant.

Finally, at Kenzo, I’ve figured out what Carol and Humberto have done to make this collection so swoon, lust, obsession worthy and here’s what it is. It’s wearable, attainable, practical without feeling manufactured for the sole purpose of saleability. There’s an element of fantasy and frivolity in the notion of indulging oneself in any of these pieces and yet, you don’t immediately become the crazy person crossing Sixth Avenue should you succumb to the prints, metallic accents, fabrics and structured sleeves of the collection. Whether or not that last sentiment is a good thing, I let you decide for yourself. This is genius.

  • Irene Buffa
  • We Can Pretend

    loveeeeee all the photos!!!

  • Tina
  • Navigate With Style

    swoon…the silky lavender pants by Balenciaga are amazeballs!

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    i love the Marant collection!!!

  • MONI

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  • MONI

    Ulalalaa marant!!!!


  • modelovers

    Fantastic collections!!!


  • Estherina

    I want EVERYTHING.

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  • Stephanie Pulos

    LOVE the KENZO collection!!

    Stephanies Style

  • kaitlyntru

    Paris fashionweek is always my favorite. Parisians do things so eloquently. The foreign factor probably helps too.

  • Sketch42

    Holy shit. Its all masterful.

  • Julie Khuu

    Incredible coverage! Your commentary is right on the money and such a fresh take on what girls want to be rocking this year and why…I don't even notice the little tidbits like shapes made from negative space but that's all the more reason why I tune in on the daily! Fashion 101! Love this post, thanks Teach!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  • Gabriele

    gorgeous collections. :)
    Much love, Gabriele. xx

  • anna

    I still don't know if I like that cowgirl vibe of Marant's collection, but the shoes… hell yes, the shoes!

  • Meganne

    It sort of sad, but as ex- Paris inhabitant, I am not crazy about any of these collections. Sure I love Isabel Marant, and Kenzo was a nice surprise but I am not head over heels for any of these.
    Material Fixations

  • Annalisa

    I think that the Isabel Marant collection is amazing!!!

  • hutchisonk

    Amazing Baleciaga Sweaters! star wars eat your heart out!


  • Gypsy_Riot

    oh yessss i love this all! and yuor humor is always the most refreshing so thank u as always for all that good shit u talk <3

  • -this little life

    Lusting for the blue and black isabel marant jacket.

  • Inés

    These photos are so…marvelous! I want EVERY single thing!

    Big hugs!

  • Lisa Griffin

    i am totes obsessed with the Kenzo collection, i think they did an amazing job!
    in dramatic fashion

  • Jess

    nice!! check out my trip to LA fashion district and the opera!! kisses!!

  • monkeyshines ♥

    beautiful looks!


  • Closeted Dreamer

    Currently obsessed with Carven

  • Jessie

    so obsessed with isabel marant. the collection was absolutely fantastic, done perfectly.

  • TripsTreasures

    Love your descriptions ! I'm definitely proud of Dries van Noten, one of the best belgian designers, although raf simons and olivier theyskens are very talented aswell :)
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Sharon

    I love Dries van Noten!

  • Anonymous

    your point of view is very smart.

  • Karissa

    Carven killed it again – love it all. Balenciaga's showing was lovely too, that white skirt is in the perfect cut, shape and fabric and I love the two tone gloves. The Kenzo pieces are cute too.

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Carven was just amazing. I can't even describe how much I love it.


  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Love the collections from Maison Martin Margiela and Isabel Marant! From the show by Dres van Noten I especially love the coats!

  • tHe CarVeN fReAk

    I have found my new obsession…CARVEN.

  • servinupstyle

    Isabel Marant is now officially one of my favorites. If I wasn't just a teenager with some babysitting and dog walking money I would definitely get myself a little gift of that high-neck lace dress…

  • Moni

    I like Balenciaga the most, it looks different from the others :))

  • pelin

    How amazing are Dries van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela and Balenciaga!

    Hey Leandra, It is really difficult to see all the photos on mobile mode. Would you consider disabling the mobile mode? Thanks 😉


  • Nuit Hernandez

    Loving Carven and Kenzo!

  • TrendsInLife

    So beautiful ! Great inspiration :)

  • Mackenzie

    Love the first and last set of looks!

  • pattyandlo

    great takes… your commentary!

  • Becca

    Loved reading your reviews.. Great insight.

  • lucia m
  • Beckerman Girls

    BALENCI-GAGA!!!! We are BEYOND speechless for this collection! Everything about it made us ssssscream with excitement and those Star Wars shirts reminded us our shirts from the 90' that we brought to summer camp or found in the lost in found and were obbbbsessed with! haha And Isabel Marant..those cropped suede pants and flower pants with the cowboy trim near the side seams..holyyyyy CRAYBALLS (crazy + amazeballs) = our fav new word! Phenominal! Like THATTTTT GOOD! Big hug babe!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  • Xeana

    We liked the collection of Dries Van Noten and Kenzo.
    The collection of Maison Martin Margelov has some nice colors.
    Collection Balenciaga – back to the past. But we like their shoes.


  • Yuka
  • matchalattewardrobe

    Love the Kenzo collection. This is definitely obsession worthy.

  • Audrey

    Great inspiration, Love the Balenciaga COllection :)

  • Bruna
  • Ingrid // Pretty Harbor

    Your selection is so beautiful :) // Jewellery

  • Anonymous

    genius indeed

  • Contemporary Jewelers

    I love the vibrant colors in these outfits! Also digging the contemporary fashion designs. The overall blog is brilliantly edgey. I will certainly be 'on the follow' of this blog.

  • Emanuel I.

    Absolutely LOVE for Kenzo!
    :X :X

  • raplica handbags

    i like the second catwalk but some things i reslly dont want to follow.I would like to visit newer posts and also to reveal my thoughts with you.
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  • Eva

    Dries Van Noten and Isabel Marant <3

  • Anonymous

    i'm spending next fall semester in paris…any things i absolutely can't miss?!

  • kim

    Margiela is no longer a "He", the man quit and handed MMM over to his team, so now it's a "They".

  • Fashion Recession

    Love Kenzo, specially the middle black dress and the last green look!!

    All love Lola