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Love From Paris

I’m still reeling from the A/W catwalk collections for 2010, yet I haven’t even touched on the Fall collections here!  So, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the fashions from the magically sophisticated city that brought some of the best designer collections this year…Paris!

Chloe

It’s impossible to pick my favourite from the 30 something pieces that make up the Fall 2010 collection from Chloe. Some may say they were bored with the repetitive colour palette, but I find Camel, the colour of the season, makes these clothes appear even more elegant and chic. I love love LOVE the silk pussy-bow blouses and wide legged trousers.  The fur and chunky knits and cool camel overcoats are just…ladylike. There’s no better word for the collection to be honest. Each piece, no matter how simple, has a certain grown-up sophistication, but also a kind of ease and versatility in wearing them. The label’s previous collections were always youthful and cool, but I much prefer Hannah MacGibbon’s 1970’s inspired take on it.

Celine

Phoebe Philo is really nothing short of a genius. Before her, Celine was near the bottom of the fashion ranks. However, because of her, Celine was this season’s most highly anticipated show. And it really didn’t disappoint. Similar to Chloe, Celine had a more grown up style to the collection this Fall. From see through silk chiffon and thick fur capes, to smart tapered trousers and cotton/leather trench coats, Celine really defined ‘Ready-To-Wear’ this season. The great thing about the collection is, any woman can wear it. Every piece; versatile, wearable, comfortable. And on top of all that, it looks amazing. Told ya Philo was a genius.

Stella McCartney

Another wearable collection from Paris. Now, I’ve never really been a big fan of Stella McCartney (apart from her perfumes, naturally), but this collection just makes me smile. It sound silly I know, but looking at the big chunky knits and oversized hoodies and big trench coats and cool capes, it all looks so… snug. Each piece looks trendy, but also extremely comfortable. And, once again, the trousers are incredibly well made and look beautiful. I think the grey sweater with the matching tapered trousers and nude kitten heels (below, right) has to be my favourite outfit. Ever.

Balmain

Paris was one of the most wearable of the four cities this season, what with the prim and proper-ness that was Chloe, Celine and Stella, so it was important and inspiring when Balmain decided to mix it up a bit with edgy prints and cool military jackets. I had so many favourites, I had to add four more pictures below. After a long time intently staring at each one (what a geek), I think I’ve concluded: the brick-red skinny pants (below, right) and the purple pants/blazer/trainer heels combination (above, right) were my absolute favourites in the collection. The structure of even basic separates, the prints, the odd hint of fringe, and every now and then an eclectic pop of colour: the Balmain Fall collection is really rather breath-taking.

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Celine In The Cave

Listen to this whilst looking at Celine’s RTW Fall collection.

Phoebe Philo creates her second collection for Celine this A/W. The minimalist technique, the simple but luxurious fabrics, Philo knows what looks good. The collection is strong but simple, powerful but flattering, conservative but sexy. I’ve never liked the shape or style of A-line skirts, but the narrow A-lines and silk shirt combination is my favourite look of the collection. The whole collection brings back traits of both the 50s, 60s and even the 70s. Philo’s got the variety that every woman needs – the clothes can be dressed up or down and each have their own versatility. Bringing femininity back to the runway, then dressing it up in a manly trenchcoat? I applaud her.