Fashion Week around the globe moves on to Paris, where effortless chic runs in basically everyone's family. Indeed, Parisian chic was on the mind of some of the biggest designers, namely John Galliano for Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, and Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci. Dior's runway was full of elegant Asian influences and a vivid color palette to match, particularly a to die for royal blue drop-waisted wool coat with a fur stole-like collar. A richly textured and dark, but never sinister, collection of sharply cut and draped peplum suits and fur wraps were standouts at Lanvin, while Balenciaga continues to master artful draping and super slim silhouettes, with a little '80's references a la dotted nylons and suede tied heels. Nina Ricci showed a fierce collection of strong-shouldered suits, short second-skin dresses, odd mask-like felt hats, and sculpted strapless gowns with Theysken's signature gravity defying ruffles. Tres magnifique!
Collection photos by Marcio Madeira, detail photos by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse, borrowed from style.com. Dior collection photos by Roberto Tecchio/GoRunway.com, detail photos by Gianni Pucci/GoRunway.com, borrowed from style.com.