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I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Paris Fall collections, anticipating what they may bring to the table for the Fall 2011 season.  Will they continue the trends set forth so far in NYC, London and Milan?  Will menswear/womenswear combos continue to lead the direction?  Or will refined elegance and 60′s influences dominate?  I have a feeling Paris will show us something we haven’t seen thus far.  All of us are looking forward to Celine’s Fall season…and how will McQueen progress from last season’s spectacular first outing?  Will YSL continue in its 1970′s heyday or will Pilati throw us a curve ball?  Ahhhh, so much to look forward to I can hardly stand it.  Rick Owens, Margiela, Balenciaga, Chanel….there are too many to name but I will be watching closely as the world’s most elegant city reveals itself in their Fall 2011 Designer Collections.

But we can’t forget all the exciting new talent that Paris offers.  Our “One’s to Watch” for Paris include two established designers reviving two influential Houses and an array of new talent from across the globe.


We recently wrote about Carven and its young designer Guillaume Henry who has breathed a new life into the house with his fresh approach to this French brand. After a critically acclaimed Spring collection, all eyes are on the revived French house to see how Henry will continue his impressive remodeling of Carven. He has already culminated a cult following for his flirty, young yet feminine designs and we can’t wait to see how it evolves for Fall.  Already in power house stores such as Barney’s New York and Opening Ceremony, this is only the beginning for this partnership. For its Fall presentation,  the house is sticking to private appointments instead of a full fledge show, which is a smart move in terms of it’s branding strategy. For a brand in its remodeling stage, it is a goof move to maintain their exclusive status which will only make the buyers want a piece of Carven even more so.

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Carven Spring 2011

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Designer Guillaume Henry

  • Presentation (private appointments only) – Palais de Paris March 2, 2011 9am – 2pm
  • View The Sche Report’s article on Carven here.


Alessandra Rich debuted her collection in London for Spring 2011 and is now showing in Paris in hopes to attract more important buyers and nudge herself in the Paris crowd. Though Paris might be a tough market, it’s exactly where a talent like Rich should be. Judging by her debut Spring collection, she has an unique perspective on ladylike silhouettes and she does it with a subdued edge. It was primarily column shapes with interesting use of prints and colors. With the lady like trend still blowing strong and longer silhouettes dominating the runways, we are excited to see how she copes with the Paris market and how she continues to define her signature style.

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Alessandra Rich Spring 2011

  • Presentation: Hotel Ritz Paris March 4-7, 2011
  • Visit her website here.


A relative unknown, though showing for a few years already, this Japanese Paris based fashion house is definitely on the rise. Consistency is something highly valued but not often achieved within the fashion industry, and this brand is not short of any of that. Looking back at previous seasons, it is evident that Junko Shimada possesses talent and perspective. The clothes are always engaging, and whether it’s sexy, bold, demure or youthful, it’s always engaging, powerful in its vision, and nothing short of covetable. As a brand that Americans know little about, it is definitely one to pay attention to and for our fashionistas readers, owning a Junko Shimada piece will instantly set you apart from any other competition on the street.

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Junko Shimada Spring 2011

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Designer Junko Shimada

  • Fall Runway Presentation: March 8, 2011 3:30 pm Espace Pierre Cardin
  • Visit her website here.


Definitely a house on the rebound, Ungaro under the guidance of Giles Deacon is one to watch during Paris fashion week. After getting attention for all sort of wrong reasons, Ungaro is slowly piquing the interest of serious fashion folks again after a strong Spring 2011 season. The presentation was imaginative, the clothes were well designed and referenced, and there’s no going wrong when Anna dello Russo is walking in your show. The house of Ungaro’s history, a recent fantastic pre-Fall collection, and the fact that Giles Deacon has just shown one of the best collections for his namesake line all make Ungaro a must-watch for Fall 2011.

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Emanuel Ungaro Pre-Fall 2011

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Designer Giles Deacon

  • Runway Presentation: March 7, 2011 11AM
  • Visit the website here.


Much like Alessandra Rich, Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim debuted in London for Spring 2011 and is now showing braving the Paris runway instead. Gearing up to show his second collection, the current winner of the ANDAM award is garnering quite the expectation after becoming a darling among fashion forward celebrities and editors alike. Hakaan has Mert Alas, the famed fashion photographer, as his creative director and the support of Carine Roitfeld and most of the top notch models of today’s catwalk scene. His work has been compared to Ricardo Tisci (not too shabby) and his signature style is shaping up to be a combination of modern minimalism and strong silhouettes for a sexy and confident woman. The line is definitely geared towards a tight niche, but one that he is quickly excelling within and we believe he has enough talent to become the next Ricardo, Haider, Nicolas,  or Pheobe.

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Hakaan Spring 2011

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Designer Hakaan Yildirim

  • Fall Runway Presentation:  March 1, 2011  6pm Hotel de Ritz

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