Bonjour from Paris, where we're in the midst of the final week of the spring 2017 shows. From creative directorial debuts (Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, Bouchra Jarrar at Lanvin) to the latest offerings from legendary houses, we have plenty of new collections to admire. Read on for the looks we loved most from the runways over the weekend, and click here for even more reviews from the season.
Jean Touitou decided to host a dance party in lieu of a regular presentation this season, and the result was an adorable celebration of the spring collection, centered around themes like "intellectual therefore erotic," "naively sexy," "hysterically normal" and "camouflaged by normality." While I'm not quite sure which category this lilac shirtdress fits into, it's a great everyday piece in a not-so-basic hue.
This sweet, ruffled top paired with a classic leather belt and white A-line skirt is the definition of effortless chic. I would wear this every single day.
The bulk of Acne Studios' spring collection was meant to appear as if each look was made from layers of scarves and blankets in contrasting prints, and this was my favorite (and the coziest seeming) of the bunch.
This Balenciaga overcoat is bound to be one of the more sought-after outerwear items among the fashion set this spring — tbd on the hot-pink, spandex boots, though.
This breezy Céline drawstring dress — paired with the sort of simple, white sneakers for which designer Phoebe Philo has long had an affinity — is the sort of outfit I aspire to own for my off-duty days. It's clean, chic and just a bit sporty; but perhaps most importantly, it's clearly very comfortable. Now if only I could get through an entire 12-hour window without spilling...
Despite the fact that this look is inherently casual — loose printed pants, flat white sneakers, an oversized blazer — I would still feel confident wearing it to a job interview, business meeting, or any sort of "boss lady" situation I found myself in. It's sophisticated without being stiff.
Riccardo Tisci's spring collection for Givenchy was a celebration of nature (hence the ample use of agate pendants as accessories) as well as tailoring that sensually hugged the models' bodies. This strong suit that closed the show — adorned with bright-red gemstones and zippers that allowed for convertibility — was particularly sharp.
The shades of this lightweight dress remind me of both molten lava and a sunrise — two wonders of nature that Tisci likely looked to while creating this collection. Plus, it looks incredibly easy to wear.
This acid-yellow skirt, worn with a flawlessly fitted cropped leather jacket (complete with a cutout around the midriff) and a white t-shirt, was equal parts pretty and punk. Plus, I am a sucker for Julia Nobis, so bonus points were awarded here.
As many designers have this season, Haider Ackermann incorporated what's now generalized as "streetwear" (logo tees, hoodies, track pants, et al.) into his collection, and this clash of bright colors — along with the juxtaposition of a casual top with a fancy skirt — caught my attention.
David Koma looked to the underwater world for Mugler's spring show, inspired by the likes of scuba suits, modern swimwear, and even the anatomy of a shark. The color palette of deep blues, black and coral — with flashes of metallic silver — helped bring this vision to life, and my favorite pieces were the sporty, cut-out dresses with asymmetrical necklines.
Guillaume Henry's latest collection for Nina Ricci was heavy on both stripes and slinky, silk lingerie-like dresses, and this bold-red look incorporates a bit of both. The black-and-white neckline is a fun, sporty contrast to the sheer bodice, and I love how it's all tied together with a drawstring waist.
This minimal, white gown at Valentino was actually made from two pieces of super-soft, lightweight leather, which draped beautifully on both the runway and a mannequin in the brand's showroom. I anticipate hoards of spring and summer brides clamoring to get their hands on this piece as soon as it hits sales floors.
The embroidery details on this darling mini-dress are a feast for the eyes, particularly the contrasting silk inside the pleats and the flocks of tiny birds that appear around the neckline, on the sleeves and on the skirt. Some Hollywood Cool Teen would be very lucky to walk a red carpet in this beauty.
This soft-pink leather jacket (paired with a flowy skirt in a contrasting print) has a charming nature scene embroidered on both the front and the back that's truly a work of art. Plus, the slouchy fit keeps it from being too prim; it'd wear just as well with simple denim and a white t-shirt.