Runway Rundown: Spring 2012, Paris Part Deux

Paris was the ultimate culmination of fashion week. New York was fun, London was quirky, Milan was a party and Paris was divine. Here are my faves of the week, part 2.

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Alexander McQueen
Breathless, extravagant, dark…it's beautiful, every single piece of it.

Chanel
It normally takes me a while to warm up to Chanel collections. I tend to not like them the minute they hit the runway, but after a while I end up loving them. But this one was different, Karl's under sea set charmed me, and the clothes, with their playful prettiness, girly silhouettes and textured florals were a hit in my eyes from look one.

Elie Saab


Louis Vuitton
After the fetish party for fall that I never quite warmed to, Louis Vuitton's spring collection is more up my alley. With a pastel color palette and modern twist on classic 60s silhouettes, it tugs at my Mad Men loving heart strings and I have to admit it's love, sweet love. The oversized skirt suits, sheer cotton-candy like fabrics and creative accents are refreshing and flirty. Marc Jacobs, you killed it this season and I've added myself to your fan list.

Miu Miu

Valentino
Even on a minimalist silhouette, no one does red like Valentino.

Balenciaga
Nicholas Ghesquire manages to surprise me season after season with his ability to present collections that are thoroughly modern but still pay tribute to the classical house of Balenciaga. The oversized color-blocked jackets layered over languidly draped skirts and blouses have silhouettes that present the familiar wonder that Cristobal himself was able to produce, but with a modern, unique touch all their own.

Celine

Carven
I've been drawn to Carven's tomboy girlie girl designs for the past few seasons. There's something about the pristine mini dresses that just makes me smile. This time Guillaume Henry has delivered once again, with a candy-colored collection that follows in a similar vein as past collections, but puts a new twist on the concept. Bold brights and modern cutouts add a new sense of flair to the looks.

All photos: Imaxtree