Paris Fashion Week Continues…

BATD ON Mar 13, 2009 AT 4:41 pm

Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2009

Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2009

We have all the action from Paris Fashion Week, check out who we spotted on the front row at Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. The ecomic blip seemed to have no effect on the two fashion houses. Read on for our runway report…

Who Was There?
We spotted Alexa Chung along with Milla Jovovich, who sat next to Designer Gareth Pugh.

The Look at Louis Vuitton
The last thing on Marc Jacobs mind was economic doom and gloom, for his latest Fall 09 collection for Louis Vuitton, instead Jacobs opted to head back to the 80’s. If it was ruffled, ruched, and poufed, it was on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton. There was also a strong sense of Parisienne frivolity in the clothes from flirty lacing to various corseted numbers with a slight Moulin Rouge air about them. If you thought you’d seen every possible take on a suit, then check out Jacobs’ ‘suit-cum- lingerie charmer’ as we heard one journalist describe it. A delightfully naughty peekaboo blush jacket with black piping and leg-of-mutton sleeves, over a tight skirt. Everything came curvier, sassier, sexier, more decorated and pretend decadent than anything else out there.

Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2009

Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2009

Who had the biggest shoulders on the runway? Jacobs did with huge billowing puffs, most definitely not for the faint hearted fashion fan. Accessories were also big on the runway, from leather necklaces and belts to thigh high boots topped with ruffles, models balanced on pearl and glitter-covered heels. The all-important bags had also acquired eighties pie-crust frills and gilded monograms. Marc Jacobs woman of substance is certainly not feeling the pinch, just before the show Jacobs said: “I’m sure the economic advisers are not worrying about what colors to make sweaters. Yes, there’s a crisis, but one can carry on and contribute to beauty and optimism and gorgeousness. I have a practical mind — cut the party and celebrities [a reference to his New York approach], but you can’t sacrifice the beauty of the clothes.” Well said Mr Jacobs.

Miu Miu Fall 2009

Miu Miu Fall 2009

Who Was there?
We spotted the gorgeous Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and star stylist Rachel Zoe was also perched on the front row.

The Look at Miu Miu
With a season prevalent on the woes of the economy Miuccia Prada took a thoughtful look at the superficial side of things. Backstage before the show Miuccia summed up her collection and explained what the show was about “different kinds of femmes fatales with an ironic eye to some clichés about beauty and elegance.”

The temptress was on the prowl with heavy seduction references, Prada chose dialogue from risqué films from the Seventies, such as Just Jaeckin’s “Madame Claude” and “Histoire d’O,” and Fassbinder’s “Chinesisches Roulette,” which played on the sound track.

It was a case of moody nudes and beautiful blacks as Prada sent out distinct groups. The first wave began with nude and blush coats that were refashioned into short, sleeveless dresses, a few with undone buttons or bare, cutout backs that revealed the model’s skin, slathered with shimmery glitter. The entire collection was simply beautiful from the sleek slim skirts and dresses, with some  in sheer silk while others flaunted chunky embroideries down the front. Trust Prada to come up trumps with an entirely fresh and elegant outlook.

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