Highlights of Paris Fashion Week Part 1

Celine's influence has spread beyond the fashion world since Phoebe Philo took reign: peplums for everybody, phantom totes for celebrities, and color block coat for me. I want clothes that take little effort with maximum impact and that's what I love about Philo's designs. Her idea of luxury as easy and unpretentious feels right for now. This season she offers light hued oversized coats, fit and flare skirts, turtle necks, and some tartan. Personally digging these arm slit coats styled with the sleeves knotted on the front

Most anticipated show of the season? I think so. Alexander Wang's first collection for Balenciaga was met with surprised approval from many. I get it. He's a twenty something designer with barely any formal training who's own mainline often looks Balenciaga inspired. But also he's built a viable distinct brand faster than you can say his name. 

Wang went back to square one and looked at the archive. Cristobal Balenciaga's signature construction and volume was the focus but in the details lied Alexander Wang's hands. Wire bracelets and crackled-effect sweaters are inherently street (but still, polished) and Wang's knack for making coveted bags was also present. Still, I'm curious to see what's next and the direction Wang will take Balenciaga.

Speaking of new creative directors, what happened Hedi? At Saint Laurent, Slimane sent down a collection inspired by 'California grunge' and something I dubbed walk-of-shame chic. This is grunge as we know it and readily available at the mall right now. Slimane should have offered something new and you know, be a creative director. This is after all, from someone who single-handedly made skinny pants for men (still) a thing.  

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