Holts’ Barbara Atkin and Flare’s Lisa Tant concurred

Sexy and feminine looks rule the runway

An uber glam blonde with Dolly Parton hair, high quality designer replica handbags wholesale crystal studded sunglasses and a gargantuan black skirt has captivated the camera crews outside the big tent at the Tuileries Gardens. “Wow! Who is she?” a German reporter asks. Toronto’s Suzanne Rogers philanthropist and fashionista is having her moment at Paris Fashion Week. “I just love fashion,” she says. “All the fantasy and playfulness of it!”

I asked her if she planned to “shop” at the impending ready to wear show. “Oh yes. But I’ll be visiting the showroom tomorrow to actually try the pieces on,” she answered like a veteran haute style shopper.

It’s women like Rogers that fashion houses are banking on to keep cash registers high quality designer replica handbags singing and designers inspired. But what drives women to shop even in tough economic times? “Women today need glamour,” said Dior president Sidney Toledano. Following that directive, Dior designer John Galliano turned to the steam of Film Noir, and the sensuality of a young Lauren Bacall for a collection rife with sexy little aaa replica designer handbags trenches, dreamy ’40s replica louis vuitton chiffon gowns in vibrant colours and tons of transparency. “I don’t really have carte blanche here at Dior,” Galliano revealed. “I’m told what’s needed in the stores, and for spring, it’s lots of separate pieces.”

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At Lanvin, designer Alber Elbaz took a more romantic route Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags , with rich draping and huge, spiralling ruffles. There were softly draped jumpsuits and asymmetrical cocktail dresses fake designer bags in vivid colours like blood orange and emerald green. Still, the designer confessed doubting himself. “I’m never satisfied,” Elbaz admitted post show. “I suppose that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

Viktor and Rolf had the economy in mind when they concocted fake louis bag their creative direction. “Everyone in the world is cutting back, so we decided to literally and aggressively slice into these clothes,” explained Viktor. The resulting “cuts” made for arresting, sculptural tulle ball gowns, which had geometric, graphic shapes carved right out of their layers.

Sensuality and sexuality was also the order of the day at Gaultier, who returned to his bad boy roots with a celebration of satin corsetry and underwear worn as outerwear.

For Herms, Gaultier pulled in the reins and delivered a chic show based around tennis.

Vancouver’s Catherine Guadagnuolo dolabuy , buying for her boutique Boboli, said women today are looking for unique pieces. Holts’ Barbara Atkin and Flare’s Lisa Tant concurred.

At Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs played with myriad pieces that were colourful and whimsical, from funky denim emblazoned with the LV logo, to cheap replica handbags bright little dresses and patchwork jackets. Post show, Jacobs stated that his over the top styling, which included huge Afro wigs cheap louis vuitton bags from china , was just theatricality. “After all, people want to see a show, right? You can go to the store and see all these pieces on their own. This was meant to entertain,” he said. Singer Katy Perry was suitably charmed.

The week saw no shortage of stars from Bruce Willis and Quebec’s own Marie Jose Croze to Prince and Rihanna but the celebrity factor at Ungaro had tongues wagging.

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In a controversial move, the house’s boss, Mounir Moufarridge, named actress Lindsay Lohan creative director, teaming her with young Spanish designer Estrella Archs in an effort to resurrect the lagging brand and make it appeal to a new generation. “Putting a celebrity with a designer is a new business model,” Moufarridge told me. “I’m sure they’ll create clothes that fashionable young women will want.”

The collaboration resulted in a slew of dresses that were super tight, super short and super sexy starlet fare one would not normally expect from the label. The collection, thrown together in a mere three weeks, was panned by critics.

While Ungaro has struggled to find a successor, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci has built a loyal following for the legendary label over the past five years. Riffing on the Arabic theme that inspired his winter couture collection, Tisci whipped up striking op art prints and wearable draped goddess looks in soft sorbet colours.

Wearable was also the operative word at Stella McCartney, who offered sexy tailored jackets and playful print dresses.

But for those who crave artistry to flesh out their wardrobes, Giambattista Valli is the go to guy. The designer, who stated that he doesn’t “make clothes for the office,” said his vision for spring was inspired by a girl in love.

Italian duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have taken the Valentino legacy to modern heights by pushing the retired master’s vision of femininity and romance to an exciting new edge. Their collection was comprised largely of Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags light organza in pale earth tones, tailored and twirled into some of the season’s prettiest pieces.

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While many designers have commercial viability on their minds these days, there are still those determined to put on replica louis vuitton bags inspiring theatrical displays. The most enchanting presentation of the week came courtesy of Chanel. Karl fake designer bags Lagerfeld converted the Grand Palais into a farm fantasy, complete with a wooden barn and bales of hay. Models pranced down the dusty runway in high heeled clogs, decked out in little lace dresses and tweed suits. The celeb studded hoedown culminated in a performance by singer Lily Allen, who rose onto the stage through a trap door.

But the week’s tour de force was undeniably the underwater fantasy concocted by Alexander McQueen. Titled Plato’s Atlantis, the show was streamed live on the Web, and featured some of the most exquisite garments ever to grace a ready to wear runway.

Many featured intricately engineered reptile prints, mostly replica louis vuitton bags from china in teal blue and gold.

“Sure, McQueen’s clothes are sometimes over the top,” said Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing. “But even if you can’t wear them all, when you see them, you just want them.” And it’s precisely that kind of desire that all designers are intent on instilling in women for spring.

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