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Brief Published: 7 Mar 2012

PFW A/W 12-13: Chanel, McQueen, Valentino


The penultimate day at Paris Fashion Week hosted three eagerly anticipated shows, with Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Valentino presenting their new collections yesterday.

Always a staged fashion show to note, Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld presented a glowing crystal-studded set at the Grand Palais. In line with the giant amethyst and mineral theme, the clothes were jewel-toned in amethyst purple, topaz yellow, and emerald green shades. Models were adorned with tiny, ice-like crystals affixed to their eyebrows, jewellery encrusted with semi-precious stones, and geode-rock-inspired purses. Always ahead of the curve, Lagerfeld's collection reflected Stylus' published Human+ and Method industry trends.

At British brand Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton boldly tackled a theme of futurism. Comprised entirely of dresses, the collection consisted of heavy fur and feather tufts in shades of soft pink, grey and black. Models wore overscaled soft silhouettes of white jacquards and pluming pink feathers, edged with wide, futuristic bug-eye-style black visors. The line’s fantastical textiles seemed more fitting for couture than ready-to-wear runway.

Interpreting contemporary folklore, head designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Italian fashion house Valentino showed a predominantly leather-fabricated, ladylike collection in a colour palette of mainly black, white and beige. Confirmations of Stylus’ Protest Womenswear Styling: Workwear report could be found in Valentino’s black, clean-lined dresses with high-gloss finishes, slick long outerwear, fitted bodices, midi-length gloves, and a black leather all-in-one.

Paris Fashion Week concludes today.

Paris Fashion Week