Meanwhile, In Paris

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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09026625220592373779 Irene Buffa
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02823973118376348640 We Can Pretend

    loveeeeee all the photos!!!

    http://www.wecanpretend.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 Tina
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10975842766198304395 Navigate With Style

    swoon…the silky lavender pants by Balenciaga are amazeballs!

    http://www.navigatewithstyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    i love the Marant collection!!!
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI

    Ulalalaa marant!!!!

    xx

    http://www.moneasywardrobe.com

  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    Fantastic collections!!!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08884059388253684523 Estherina

    I want EVERYTHING.

    Step into Estherina's World

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08892931757843285862 Stephanie Pulos

    LOVE the KENZO collection!!

    Stephanies Style

  • http://romans-122.com kaitlyntru

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10536244216664912207 Sketch42

    Holy shit. Its all masterful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 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!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07663860041494597406 Gabriele

    gorgeous collections. :)
    Much love, Gabriele. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

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

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04663189121541796367 Annalisa

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

    ohmygoshitsfashiontime.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12602268350687229193 hutchisonk

    Amazing Baleciaga Sweaters! star wars eat your heart out!

    http://katieswardrobe.blogspot.com/

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625395273907490807 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

    http://www.gypsyriot.blogspot.com

  • http://ryannejohnson.com -this little life

    Lusting for the blue and black isabel marant jacket.

  • http://simplyclassyme.blogspot.com Inés

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

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068572636867244753 Jess

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

    http://www.laceandfadedjeans.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    beautiful looks!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06933090666730700519 Closeted Dreamer

    Currently obsessed with Carven
    http://dreamerscloset.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    so obsessed with isabel marant. the collection was absolutely fantastic, done perfectly.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 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 :)

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    I love Dries van Noten!

    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    your point of view is very smart.

  • http://theautumnissue.com 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.

    http://theautumnissue.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

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

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

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

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • tHe CarVeN fReAk

    I have found my new obsession…CARVEN.

  • http://servinupstyle.blogspot.com 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…
    -Hannah

    servinupstyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12047263333729847865 Moni

    I like Balenciaga the most, it looks different from the others :))
    http://arainbowswan.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12143862457632911822 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 ;)

    Pelin

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13248457257839392171 Nuit Hernandez

    Loving Carven and Kenzo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05521355766821862927 TrendsInLife

    So beautiful ! Great inspiration :)

    http://www.trendsinlife.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    Love the first and last set of looks!

  • http://www.pattyandlo.com pattyandlo

    great takes…..love your commentary!

    http://www.pattyandlo.com

  • Becca

    Loved reading your reviews.. Great insight.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05325818409520093522 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!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    http://www.BeckermanBitePlate.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03034759757650110711 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.

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    Love the Kenzo collection. This is definitely obsession worthy.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04647292176495586912 Audrey

    Great inspiration, Love the Balenciaga COllection :)

    http://unefillelamodedesaddictions.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00482130274737148909 Bruna
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08829483657501888284 Ingrid // Pretty Harbor

    Your selection is so beautiful :)

    http://www.prettyharbor.com // Jewellery

  • Anonymous

    genius indeed

  • http://www.bijouler.com 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11863329973732626014 Emanuel I.

    Absolutely LOVE for Kenzo!
    :X :X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15699903074168711594 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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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07624540796123906204 Eva

    Dries Van Noten and Isabel Marant <3
    xxx

  • 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".

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01204052275819356588 Fashion Recession

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

    All love Lola

    http://www.fashionrecession.blogspot.com