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October 15, 2009 • Fashion


The best of Spring 2010 trends, straight from the runways of Paris

Amanda Aldinger for Second City Style Magazine

Nowhere in the world is fashion understood and created as
exquisitely as it is in Paris. A devoted Francophile and fashion lover,
twice a year I eagerly await the seasonal transition that signifies the
start of another Fashion Month. New York is always thrilling, as it showcases our home designers like Marc Jacobs, DVF and Phillip Lim,
and we get to feel the excitement of Fashion Week for the seven days it
lives on this side of the ocean. Next is London, an affair speckled
with designers I adore, like Burberry, Matthew Williamson and Roksanda Illincic, but ultimately, not something I live or die for. And then there’s Milan, where many of the iconic greats emerge: Dolce and Gabbana, Marni, Versace, Fendi – launching decadent Italian trends and producing some of the season’s most sought-after collections.

But then comes Paris. And suddenly, Karl Lagerfeld is
presenting his Spring 2010 collection in a barnyard; Valentino is
showing look after look of the most romantic, perfect dresses and
blouses you could ever lay eyes on; Viktor and Rolf are engulfing their
models in elaborately constructed displays of bubblegum-hued tulle
couture; and Marc Jacobs is putting his own eclectic touch on Louis
Vuitton, accessorizing every model in the show with giant afros. Year after illustrious year, Paris overflows with elaborate showmanship and exquisite designs.

This season, after having spent the past few dealing with the
dredges of recession budgets, it was clear Parisian designers were
ready to relinquish the chains of the economy and to throw back to the
basics of couture design: styling women to feel confident, sexy, and
unstoppably powerful. True to Parisian form, Spring 2010 is all about decadence, on every possible level.

The Looks

Sheer: No longer the stuff of lingerie, sheer
fabrics were all over the Paris runways. Sexy and elegant, the sheer
look was showcased with exuberant versatility, and was used in the most
unlikely of ways. Valentino’s stunning collection exalted the sheer trend,
producing looks that were awash in the most delicate sheer blazers, and
fairytale-inspired blouses paired with lacy sheer shorts. Vanessa Bruno showed her own approach to sheer,
with leggings that were thigh-high, lacy and just barely covered the
knees – adorable little kneepads that infused a playful sensuality into
every look. Nina Ricci’s collection was resplendent with sheer layering
– tiers of lace ruffles adorning the hems of dresses, or strung over a
foundation of chiffon. Think of sheer as the new body-con gone fabric:
feminine, seductive, and the ultimate display of confidence.

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