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S/S 2012 PARIS TOP 5 COLLECTIONS

Finally as we arrive at the point to review Paris’ top 5 collections! You’ve probably already guessed that it was the toughest of all cities. It is because the level of talent among all the designers is so high that the difference between being amazed by established powerhouses and inspired by new blood is only a slither. Rising stars like Guillaume Henri of Carven and Pedro Lourenco both presented strong collections that  garnered as much accolades as their more established counterparts such as Celine, JPG, YSL…etc. But ultimately, the 5 collections I’ve chosen belong to some of the most familiar names of fashion proving yet again why they are a force to be reckoned with. They all showed inspiring concepts, impeccable skills, innovative ideas and oh so desirable clothes!

1. Balenciaga

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Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Nicolas Ghesquiere is once again a master at his own game: manipulating techy fabric and proportions. Of all the designers who were inspired by couture shapes this season, he managed to create the most modern rendition of the couture theme. Oversized shoulders, exaggerated full skirts and cocoon cocktail dresses cut in modern fabrics enabled the looks to come off high-tech and new. And those winged heels are to die for and on the top of my list!

View the complete collection here.

2. Chanel

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Karl Lagerfeld‘s under the sea pristine collection for Chanel  captured my attention right from the start. A series of white and off-white tweed suits came off as bubbly light and airy soft. The whole collection was uplifting and bold in its interpretation of aquatic life. Pearl used as belts and straps did not look gimmicky and iridescent strips were free-flowing like seaweed. Mr. Lagerfeld’s imagination doesn’t ever seem to get tired and his vision with Chanel is as bright and dreamy as ever.

View the complete collection here.

3. Dries Van Noten

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Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

The mix master himself added a couture element to his Dires Van Noten collection this season. The prints were as engaging as ever, that’s no doubt, but it is the shapes that added punch to the collection as a whole. The peplum pants looked new, the palette was impactful, and the workmanship is as deceptively impressive as always. I continue to be completely in love with this designer.

View the complete collection here.

4. Givenchy

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Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Ricardo Tisci also caught the aquatic bug this season. However his inspiration came more above water than the others. Seems like surfers and the waves they crash lended inspiration for Givenchy‘s Spring season. The exaggerated cascading ruffles on jackets and dresses remind me of waves crashing the shore and the accessories are reminiscent of sea creatures (one looked like a glossy sharks tooth and other’s had eel skin lanyards). Even the models looked like surfer girls decked out in sexy Givenchy with their sun-kissed glow and beachy hair.

View the complete collection here.

5.Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

It is no surprise that Stella McCartney‘s profit went up over 30% last year. Her brand of strong sexiness is alluring and feminine. Last Fall’s polka dots were a huge hit and sparked a whole industry-wide trend and for Spring the same girl has taken on a new found focus on health and fitness. For starters, the equally sexy bodycon dresses demand a fit body with the cut outs and rising hemlines. In addition, the vibe was very positive and exuded an energetic feel. Part of the brilliance of this collection is that it is right on trend with the sporty clan without the need to be literal at all, and that ability directly explains why the brand is so successful at the moment.

View the complete collection here.

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