Shiatzy Chen – Deep Purple and the Blues – #PFW

Taiwanese designer, Shiatzy Chen took over the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris this past fashion week to show her Autumn-Winter 2011-2012 collection.

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A maze-like runway with deep moody lighting gave the spectators a significant amount of time to view each item even though they moved quite quickly.

The collection supposedly inspired by Anna Wintour and the chic working-girl type was full of black on bright silks as a dominant theme, as well as the Chinese art of embellishment,  cinched-waisted coats, white-work, fur and embroidered silks, all set to a deep purple tone that ended in a final wave of a single blue flowing gown. Shiatzy Chen is considered the “Chanel” brand of Taiwan, and focuses on luxury and aesthetics.
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Fashion week Fun!

Half the fun of fashion week is seeing all the fashionistas and cavaliers strutting around. Some take themselves VERY seriously, some don’t have a serious hair on their head, but 100% of them are fabulous to look at. And fashion week is a sort of oggle yourself silly free-for-all, where anything goes!

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Jean Paul CAUVIN

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Comment if you have names for me!

Commuun – AWW1112 Paris Fashion Week

BACK TO BASICS

Set to music by Koji Miyakawa, the Commuun show started out with a “white is white” (production)  virginal palette and moved progressively towards an almost rainbow status, with a concentration on volumes and shapes displayed by ample ruffling mostly around the bust. The collection also goes from an almost sports-wear style to a fluffy-girlie style, yet retains a seriousness with it’s bold colors and geometric lines. Mixed texture pieces seem to be a common theme for next Fall from more than one designer, as we see in the fabric striping here as well with sheer and fur.
The Commuun garments look, as always, easy and breezy to wear, as if they are as light as air, as if they are almost not there. A little too light for winter-wear perhaps, but the two designers whom I met at their after party at the Fidelity in the 10th, explained to me that they went back to their roots, to the original inspirations for this collection (which differs so much from last winter’s collection that had a more African desert theme).

The short dresses with bust ruffles and the white hooded 3/4 sleeved jacket will be sure to be coveted.

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Kelsey Close – Closeup

Prete Moi Paris, Melissa Ladd

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

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Kelsey Close : Met modeling at the Zahair Murad presentation today in Paris’ 8th arrondissement for the AW1112 Paris fashion week, she stood out not only because she was wearing the most eye-catching gown of the collection, but because she has a simmering stare and a Betty Draper look (if Betty Draper were about 21). Somebody put her on the cover of Vogue please!
The belle from Alaska. An all-American girl who lives in NYC (but loves Paris!)

Kelsey Close by Brandon Taelor Aviram

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Here she is the following season walking for Issey Miyake :

Kelsey Close in Issey Miyake SS2012 – Photo : Style.com

Prete Moi Paris, Melissa Ladd

Kelsey Close, Issey Miyake SS2012

Check out this video of Kelsey from ROPA (Douglas Reker S/S 2012) by JiWon Shin from JiWon Shin on Vimeo

ROPA (Douglas Reker S/S 2012) by JiWon Shin from JiWon Shin on Vimeo.

UPDATE :

As of the Summer of 2012, Kelsey has joined the modeling agency IMG. I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of work they are going to promote her into. I have been able to get to know her over the past several fashion week seasons, and have discovered a very down-to-earth young woman who has an open mind and is extremely kind hearted.

DEVASTEE – Paris fashion week AW1112

… Devastée…rock and rebel as they like it. The style of the brand reminds me of Avril Lavigne (who was actually recently in Paris and visiting the Catacombes de Paris – are you surprised!?!) Not the kind of garb I would wear, but it does have an audience I suppose (teens with angst?).  Smoky blacks, pale-skin whites, bone-clay jewelry, a grungy-goth look for your darker days I suppose.
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For next Fall and Winter, they propose knits, tunic dresses in flowing chiffons and silks, silver mixed in with the black and white, Asian style flat shoes, tweed wools paired with black and white prints, chiffon blouses and LOTS of dark eye makeup! They give a wink to art with a Jaconde-knit sweater. (If Da Vinci’s work has made it into fashion, does that make la Jaconde pop art now?)

Those items I liked in the show were the gray wool vest, the long white tunic dress and a silvery-white embroidered belted coat.
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Paris Fashion March 2011, Fall-Winter collections for 2011-2012

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