Fashion Week 2009: Paris Round-Up

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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