C’est La Vie: A Recap Of Paris Fall 2011 RTW

It is the end of fashion season.  Sigh.  My heart hurts a little.  But I find relief in ending on the high note that is Paris Fashion Week.  Paris is the crème de la crème of fashion weeks.  So many very special houses, rich in history, while simultaneously trendsetting, show their collections in Paris.  As I am sure you can guess it was challenging to pick just three of the Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear collections to showcase.  But, these are the perils of being a fashion (& food & décor & lifestyle) blogger.  The decision:  We are going to take a more intimate look at Stella McCartney, Valentino and Chanel.

Stella McCartney Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Photo: Marcus Tondo/ GoRunway.com via Style.com

Stella McCartney is a relatively young designer and in some ways she is still figuring out who she is.  But don’t let that fool you.  When she nails it, she nails it.  And there are several pieces from the Stella McCartney Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection that do just that.  This season she played with the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine as clearly seen above.  Personally I think the white dress is a great everyday option.

Valentino Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ GoRunway.com via Style.com

Valentino is an example of a classic design house with younger designers.  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have worked to define their identity within the house.  This season they found a beautiful balance between naughty and nice.  Often this was achieved by combining sheer pieces with more demure elements.  I absolutely adore the sweater in the center look!

Chanel Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ GoRunway.com via Style.com

And then there was Chanel.  Perhaps one of the most quintessential French fashion houses, it is helmed by one of the most recognizable designers:  Mr. Karl Lagerfeld.  I love how Mr. Lagerfeld uses classic Chanel textures and pieces in a way that makes them feel young and hip.  There is something slightly post-apocalyptic about the designs, but this only furthered in making them cool girl tough.  Only Karl Lagerfeld could successfully make Chanel edgy!  



  1. The Stella McCartney blue dress? Shocking color that obviously turns heads. Would love to wear that. Blue is SUCH a great color for nearly everyone.

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