Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012: The 10 Best Collections

6 Dec

           Paris was unseasonably hot this past week–so hot we heard reports that people fainted inside the tent at Lanvin. Luckily, the clothes were hot, too. Okay. this it!!

1. Haider Ackermann

Just keeps getting better and better. This sexy/dandy menswear-inspired collection had every critic swooning. Plus the colors were gorgeous.

2. Comme des Garçons
An emotional, if confusing, tour de force. Rei Kawakubo at the top of her game.

3. Balenciaga
Nicolas Ghesquière brought the house down. Literally. But broken benches were the only misstep in this wearable collection, that came with Darth Vader-esque hats (they’re based on the fishing hats of Cristobal Balenciaga’s father). Worthy of the extending standing O.

4. Rick Owens
The designer lightens up for spring and we loved it.

5. Chanel
We loved Karl Lagerfeld’s pared down pearlescent aquatic vision for Chanel this season.

6. Carven
This is one of the only collections we can actually dream of affording, except for that we want all of it. Especially those little lederhosen baby doll dresses. Thanks, Guillaume Henry.

7. Celine
Can peplum be minimalist? Can pleats be anti-girly? Yes. Because Pheobe Philo says so.

8. Dries van Noten
The print mixer nails it again, combining tropical prints, etchings, photos of cityscapes, and couture shapes.

9. Nina Ricci
Peter Copping makes underwear as outerwear look tres chic.

10. Alexander McQueen
Sarah Burton has a place in fashion history after creating Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. She proves she’s earned it, once again, with her spring collection for McQueen.

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