Who’s bright idea was it to schedule all of the world’s best fashion weeks one after the other in quick succession? Certainly it wasn’t a celebrity idea, though that didn’t stop the stars from showing up at many of the shows, even if it meant quick outfit changes or a flight from one country to the other.
New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week not only brought out top designers like Proenza Schouler, Vivienne Westwood, Roberto Cavalli and Balenciaga but it also brought out the A- (and the B-) celebs with a vengeance! Attendees included Leighton Meester, Kanye West and Katie Holmes…and that was just New York!
But while some of the stars shone bright in crisp, fitted blazers, leather skirts, and patterened prints that worked, others overwhelmed in bright blue hues, feather tops, and sequin-encrusted messes, whether they wore the designer’s name to the show or not.
Who proved to be top-notch when it came putting their pieces together? And who proved it was time to stop dressing up for the occasion–and perhaps stop attending fashion shows altogether?
Here are some of the best of Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week
Best Dressed: Rachel Zoe at Marc Jacobs
While celebrities and neon prints abounded at this year’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2011, it was the ones that toned it down who truly made the more powerful statement! The simply chic front row girls of Calvin Klein were stylishly, but quietly cool in their solid-colored frocks. Julianne Moore wore black, Kerry Washigton had on soft pink, Isabel Marcus was in turquoise, and Katie Holmes in white. Plenty of celebs also wore white including Leighton Meester, who dolled it up with baggy schoolgirl sweater and pretty ankle socks and Emma Roberts, who’s white dress made her look older and wiser some of the more experienced fashionistas. But it was Rachel Zoe who quietly wowwed us at the Marc Jacobs show, forgoing her typical animal prints and stark black and white menswear for a romantic cap-sleeve tweed shirt and matching gray tweed skirt, complete with a stylish gray fur to match. It was the best we’ve ever seen the stylist look!
London Fashion Week
Best Dressed: Cat Deeley, Burberry
London was a bit of a contrast from the powerful color at New York Fashion Week. Not only were there lots of less recognizable names (power players in Britan, not necessarily in the US) but the unbashful Brits were more prone to trying out the trends that whipping it out with color. UK singer Pixie Lott picked up her morose Britney Spears rocker chick look (knee socks, black and white loafers, a schoolgirl skirt, and even a long cross chain) with a trendy tough-meets-sweet leather jacket. Olivia Palermo wore a color blocked look and floral prints to Matthew Williamson and Topshop Unique. But it was this trendsetting tempstress, who ironically is just as popular in the US for being a tv show host as she is in the UK for other duties, who stole the show for us at Burberry among other style scenesters like Serena Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker. Cat Deeley, the cheeky host of So You Think You Can Dance, may be unnaturally tall, but she flaunts it with skinny jeans, studded suede boots, and a jacket to end all jackets – an olive green, brass buttoned, military-style beauty cinched with a belt. Now that fall is upon us, and military jackets are back with a vengeance, there’s no better time than Fashion Week to flaunt one.
Milan Fashion Week
Best Dressed: January Jones, Versace
Since Milan is by far the fashion capital of the world, it’s no surprise that the biggest names were showing there. Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Pucci, Versace, Armani! Surprisingly, though, among the celebs, stars showups were lackluster and fashion was boring and blah. When it did prove powerful (Jada Pinkett Smith and her dapple little daughter Willow) brought smiles to our faces – Jada was sweet and sophisticated and her punchy little pipsqueak was tough and trendsetting), but most of the stars wore stiff business suit blazers, and very little color to contrast the seemingly color popping ethereal looks that made up the runway shows. We did enjoy Taylor Swift‘s whimsical tiered skirt, textured stockings, and suede lace up boots at Roberto Cavalli and Kylie Minogue wowed us in her bright strapless canary yellow number at Dolce & Gabbana. But there was one woman who walked into the room during a show, had all eyes gawking her, and simply kept her composure, keeping herself sensuosly stylish while still appearing playful, like she was having fun with her look. At Versace, January Jones had, by far, the most intricate outfit, the most stylish, and she kept her entire look sophisticated and striking from her backcombed chignon to her bright red lip. In true Mad Men form, perhaps an homage from Donatella, to the chic 60s, January wore a brilliant red geometric-cut fringed Versace dress. She was the star of the show!
Paris Fashion Week
Best Dressed: Vanessa Paradis, Chanel
Miranda Kerr’s walk at Balenciaga and Chanel‘s stupendous showing in the Grand Palais may have been the triumphant talk of the town in Paris but sweet celeb looks also got this fashion fanatic town buzzing. The in-your-face, of-the-moment loud colors and patterns of New York Fashion Week were only on the runway (not on the stars) but star style was once again, in abundance. Janet Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Dita von Teese looked stunning in black leather and lace. The black blazer over color dress looks on Rachel Bilson were elegant, but maintained her girly edge. And the best dressed stars were the ones that looked simply stunning without trying hard. (Rihanna, for example, didn’t look so great. Coined the trend mix master by People.com, she wore too many pieces at once in a long floral dress, jewel toned heels, and ankle socks at Miu Miu.)
We were proud of Courtney Love in her ladylike peachtones and black at both Chanel and Givenchy. We were thrilled by Lily Allen’s classy maternity wear at Givenchy (a longish blazer, skirt, and tights.) The key to looking your best at Paris Fashion Week among the stars? Classy chic. The ladies who attended Chanel, like at Calvin Klein, wore lots of solid colors, but what made them look especially forthcoming was the elegance of their ensembles–lots of blazers over dressed, menswear femme inspired black and white, quilted Chanel bags, and lots of pearls (and no, we didn’t like Alexa-Chung’s two-toned blue print dress with strangely fitted brown and floral corset at the middle!) In this case, class and culture wins the race – toned down looks prevailed over trying too hard. Our pick for best dressed? Why the elegant Vanessa Paradis, of course! She wore a black boucle-like blazer over a white strapless top with well-placed key holes, and a matching black A-line skirt that deemed her poster child of the runway that day!
New York Fashion Week Spring 2011:
Rachel Zoe, Wireimage
London Fashion Week Spring 2011:
Cat Deeley, Wireimage
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011:
January Jones, Instyle.co.uk
Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011:
Vanessa Paradis, People.com
Image Layout: Aisha Shawn Kreach