Eyes on Paris

BATD ON Feb 03, 2010 AT 2:21 pm

Alexis Mabille in the runway

Alexis Mabille in the runway

Paris is one of the highlights in the Fashion Week calendar. Some of the world’s most famous designers are sure to impress, but with so many talents in one place, how do we know who to watch and who to hear about later? We have a few names that we think will be making a splash.

Bright colors are definitely a trend in spring and summer collections, a trend that Alexis Mabille definitely embraces. Creating what I can only describe as a Cruella Deville-esque contrast of light and dark, his pieces are definitely bold. Using black lines to offset large areas of electric color, he even goes so far as to color half of his models’ hair in the same shade as their outfit. We can only imagine what he has in store for winter.

A.F. Vandevorst past designs

A.F. Vandevorst past designs

Another designer who is no stranger to making a statement is Henrik Vibskov, the only Scandinavian designer showing this year in Paris. Vibskov doesn’t just create a line; he creates a whole new world, a tradition that fashion week fans have come to look forward to. Besides designing clothes, he also performs as the drummer for electronic band Trentemoller and shows his graphic art, an exhibit for which is coming up this month in Berlin.

A little less over-the-top is the Belgian twosome A.F. Vandevorst. Made up of An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx, A.F. Vandevorst try to focus their lines in the spirit of corsetterie, or corset making. They celebrated their ten-year anniversary as a design-duo in 2008.

Look out for Paris Fashion Week.

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