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Hilary Alexander at Prabal Gurung

The Telegraph’s famous fashion correspondent wore an beautifully embroidered Byzantine-style coat to Prabal Gurung’s show. With the fur hat and scarf and a black and crimson floral dress underneath, she conjures up turn-of-the-last-century Russia.

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Viktor & Rolf SS2011

This show took place on a Saturday in the Tuileries. But as with Parisians themselves, who shop along the Rue St. Honore wearing the chicest coats and shoes, most of the guests did not relax their high style at all for the weekend.

Kate Lanphear in head to toe black with a crucifix necklace. (more…)

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Balmain SS2011

Before there were slim cut cargo pants on every retail floor on every corner, there were slim cut cargo pants on the runway at Balmain. This French label spearheaded the military chic trend that has resonated with consumers over the past few seasons. Slightly androgynous but always sexy, Christophe Decarnin’s designs have quite a following, as evidenced by the cool crowd outside the Le Grand Hotel.

A fabulously tough look. Note the camouflage – a pattern that appeared on several fashion-forward editors. (more…)

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Show SS10

Though Marc by Marc Jacobs is an American brand, the clothes have this quirky chic that seems quintessentially Parisian – even more so now that Marc lives in Paris. Lynn Yaeger stood outside with one of her reporter colleagues, marveling at all the clothes going by. The show attracts a creative crowd that really sees fashion as a form of self-expression – including Yaeger herself.

Lynn Yaeger at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Show

Definitely one of Yaeger’s most fabulous outfits ever. Her sense of style is timeless – for instance, she’s been wearing oxfords, one of the big trends of the season, for years now, and the intarsia doggie detail on the corner of her sweater evoked the lions in the “Doctor Doolittle” theme of Anna Sui’s show – the show that would take place the day after this photo was taken. (more…)

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Fashion Week SS09: Marc Jacobs

Once populated mainly by artsy, rumpled Parsons students, the Marc Jacobs show is now a celebrity magnet where SUV’s pull up and dispense perfectly styled glamazons. The Parsons students are still there, but fewer and farther in between, and at least the celebs are giving them a run for their money, style-wise.

One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the pure electric thrill of a Marc Jacobs show. This is where fashion transcends the mundane and becomes something that continually surprises, inspires, and opens your eyes.

Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham, up close and personal. Beckham’s main fashion statement at this show was her new haircut, which looked great in this playful pixie-ish state.
Padma Lakshmi. Not sure about the white silk jumper, but it is interesting to see more winter white right now.

Lynn Yaeger donned a glamorous cape for the occasion and mixed it with some funky pink leggings and gold shoes.

Sofia Coppola, another style muse of Jacobs.

Black dress, red lipstick, and a flower in her hair. He turns an otherwise conservative outfit up a notch with a hot pink belt.

Tiny ruffles.

Hilary Alexander in a statement necklace.

Model on a cell phone.

THE SHOW

The collection, “The Americans,” was a send-up to all things American, with references from the Victorian era, 1920s, and 1940s mashed together, with a few obi sashes thrown in for good measure. Set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” (Leonard Bernstein’s performance?), the theme seems almost poignant in retrospect with everything that’s happened in the U.S. in the few weeks since the show.

One signature trick of Marc Jacobs is taking street trends and incorporating them into his collections. This idea of mixing patterns–florals, stripes, tweeds, and plaids–was first seen on the street earlier this year.If you were to buy one thing from the collection, this ruffled skirt might be it. It has a Victorian bustle in back and was a recurring theme in the show.

Jacobs jazzed up traditional stripes and tweed by injecting them with metallic thread.

He takes the obi sash theme a step further with this look and goes fully into Japanese territory with a beautiful butterfly print.

This dramatic striped dress got a great reaction from the crowd. But note that the majority of looks for this collection were not dresses but separates–mainly high-waisted, mid-calf skirts.

A beautiful, whimsical print that seems pure Marc Jacobs.

See Style.com for the entire show.

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Fashion Week FS08: Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera’s fall collection was a WASP fantasy writ large: lots of swingy tweed jackets paired with cigarette pants tucked into riding boots and fanciful fedoras adorned with enormous peacock feathers. All of it was ever so slightly deconstructed and the materials mixed up for a magpie effect. Release the hounds!

The usual coterie of socialites, editors, and buyers attended, plus a celeb or two.

Angie Harmon – stunningly beautiful in real life.
Aerin Lauder bundled up against the cold.
He multiplied!
And he’s a trendsetter.
Layers and necklaces.
Hilary Alexander in Russian look.
A popular black and white coat.
Rrreow! This outfit is fierce.
Acid-bright colors.
Pulled together from head to toe.
A mixture of gray, brown, black, and a navy bubble skirt.
Definitely the cutest accessory at the shows.
Gorgeous scarlet dress with a blue sheen to it. And look how she’s paired it with an old man sweater. Brilliant.
Late for the show.
The high glamour quotient of wide legged white trousers.
More winter white.
Two women in hats.
Intriguing jeweled stockings.
Truly distinctive personal style.
Tinsley Mortimer and friend.
A flash of bright yellow – even better in plaid.
Very dapper in a suit with white piping.
Cheetah fedora and a feathery necklace.
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