Fashion Week 2009: Paris Round-Up


Of late, Stefano Pilati has been giving Yves Saint Laurent a bit of edge, whether it is a belt that hints at bondage or full-on leather overalls. This season, he mixed sweet with sexy, incorporating a strawberry motif amidst his version of a new minimalism. It was not the most cohesive statement, but sellable and editorial nonetheless.


Forty-plus years later, Sonia Rykiel is still bringing her quirky Parisienne to the masses. For her Spring 2010 show, she turned her Saint-Germain boutique into a disco club and had the models dancing down the runway. The collection was classically Rykiel while also very current, relatable, and as always, fun.


Giambattista Valli focused on clothes that would suit the women in his front row, namely young party girls and socials. Valli shortened the hemlines on his signature egg-dresses and coats as well as on drop-waist, feather-accented dresses. Overall, the variety in prints, shapes, and treatments left a lot to look at, in a good way.


Karl Lagerfeld went young for Chanel Spring 2010–a little disheveled, and a lot of country. The mix of youth and folk elements came off a little forced, but overall it was a sweet interpretation of Chanel’s classics.