Artistic License -

Paris...Dries Van Noten Rendering color in an artistic fashion has become a trademark for Van Noten along with his notable prints. Baggy mustard silk crepe pants looked relaxed yet sophisticated paired with a violet shirt and an alabaster double-breasted blazer. Skirt suits in graphic floral prints were pieced together, mixing sliced panels in an interwoven pattern with burnt orange ...
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A bit of Exposure -

Paris...Haider Ackermann Perhaps reflecting his rising star, Haider Ackermann moved his show into a larger venue with a crowd to match. His seductive F/W 09 collection pondered a woman who desires to reveal her androgynous side. The designer retained his signature deconstructed supple leather jackets with multiple zipper closures that were so successful last season. A one-shouldered dress was slit to ...
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Suited for Her -

Paris...Ann Demeulemeester With a return to her balanced palette of black and white, Demeulemeester’s F/W 09 collection was fit for a man but suited for a woman. Metallic embellished jacquards were used in a folkloric pattern, but not in typical bright colors – only black on black. These tops, layered over turtlenecks, wrapped the body and were belted at the waist. ...
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Masterful Influence -

Paris...Christian Dior With each look styled using flapper head coverings and painted faces, John Galliano's F/W 09 Dior collection was a modern rendition of Paul Poiret's masterful style. A classic face-framing navy coat was simultaneously new and yet vintage with a dramatic swirled fur collar and large embroidered mandala graphics. Outerwear had a rounded dimensionality derived from structural ruby satin layered ...
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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD -

PARIS...Vivienne Westwood's place among the fashion elite is a bit different than many of her contemporaries, due to her storied history in the industry as well as her activist leanings. Due to her recent use of Pamela Anderson in ad campaigns the F/W 09 show was even more eagerly anticipated by many, and Westwood did not disappoint. Her wild designs ...
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ISABEL MARANT -

PARIS...Isabel Marant is famous for making the kind of clothing that is easily wearable and popular with younger customers, but not the high fashion normally seen on the Paris runways. Her reliablity is constant and for F/W 09 she continues to solidify her reputation. Juniors will love her heathered minis, as well as longer tiered skirts, dressy sweatshirts and Chanel-like ...
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Dark Illusion -

Paris...Maison Martin Margiela Having been one of the designers to herald the “return of the shoulder”, Margiela continued to use sculpted padding for his F/W 09 collection despite the up-trend. Jackets, sweaters and dresses all received this distinctive detail. The full impact of a piece climaxed when the reverse side of dresses exposed an illusion of bare backs with only a ...
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The Realist -

Paris...Lanvin Keeping consistent with his spring collection, Alber Elbaz delivered feminine luxury for F/W 09. “I thought with my heart about what women need from fashion—dresses, suits, blouses, coats. Life isn’t just parties and lunches,” he said. In a palette of mostly black, strapless dresses were draped to the side, creating a cascading asymmetrical flounce. Sequins and crystal-embellished shifts recalling ...
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Scientific Tribe -

Paris...Rick Owens Known for his mix of leather and fur, Owens remained consistent with his signature style for F/W 09 with a color palette that evolved from his standard deep black. “It started off dark. But then…they blossomed into swans,” he says of his design evolution. In layers of leather mixed with satin tunics and ribbed leggings, his jackets ...
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Geo Jeans

The Levi's® Brand, has introduced a brand new, limited-edition series of the iconic 501® jean for men. Four vibrantly colored graphic jeans hitting stores this month and reasonably priced at $98. A fire-engine red geometric prism print, an all-over blue and orange dot print, and a blue and yellow striped print, line the inside of each of the 4 ...
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Another Level -

Paris...Nina Ricci Sky-high platforms traipsed down a glittery runway, bringing with them sparkled looks to match. Lurex-embellished sweaters were padded at the shoulders, creating broad silhouette, balanced out by wide leg silk trousers. The front of a boiled wool sheath dress was inlaid with multicolored sequins in the shape of a lightning bolt. Sequined crescent moons created a delicate all-over ...
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BALMAIN -

PARIS...Christophe Decarnin has swiftly become the darling of the Parisian fashion crowd, with practically the entire staff of French Vogue outfitted head to toe in Balmain's aggressive and alluring designs. For F/W 09 he stuck to his previous equation of slim cuts, sparkle and strong shoulders, which didn't offer anything new for the market, but drove home his established style. ...
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Daytime Friends and Night Time Lovers

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Reinventing Form -

Paris...Balenciaga In a change from his esoteric looks of the past few seasons, Nicolas Ghesquière produced a collection of staple pieces. His previous spring collection was defined by space age dresses and long sleeve tops that clung to the body in futuristic forms. For F/W 09, he presented a more feminine story of loosely draped dresses and skirts of ...
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Underground -

Paris...Gareth Pugh Following the example of Viktor & Rolf’s S/S 09 collection presented in video form, Pugh put together a reel using a singular model, Natasa Vojnovic.  With music from The Shining sounding off in the background, viewers were drawn to the presentation in a slightly different way from his more futuristic collections of the past. Before the video began, he ...
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