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Ok, I’m going to make a little confession: as soon as fashion week starts I always wish I had a fast forward button that would skip immediately to the Paris shows. It’s not that I don’t love what designers in New York, London and Milan are doing – but there’s something about the beauty and artistry of Paris fashion week that still makes me as giddy as it did when I was a little girl waiting by the mailbox for my giant copy of Vogue to arrive. Regardless of where your favorite designers show or what city inspires you the most, there were loads of great looks on the Parisian runways just begging for you to try them next spring, and we rounded up our last batch of favorites as fashion month officially comes to a close and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring 2012.

Cut it Out

This is a look I’ve been noticing a lot lately – especially on street style blogs: cut-out shoulders. At first glance the idea seems like a serious ode to the 90s, but in the hands of Yohji Yamamoto it becomes more of an element of deconstruction, while at Roland Mouret it exudes glamour and seduction. What are your thoughts? Any plans to start hacking out the shoulders of your garments come springtime?


Disco Divas from Space

In my opinion, any excuse is a good excuse to throw on a glittery ensemble. Metallics were a big trend on the London runways and Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy and Manish Arora continued the party in Paris with disco ball looks in body skimming silhouettes. And I don’t know about you, but I have a sudden and completely irrational need for a pair of sequin cropped pants…


Note: Plan to whip up your own disco diva ensemble? Give your garment a little something extra with Amann Group Mettler’s Metallic Thread! Perfect for embroidery, it provides a long-lasting 3D effect that is the perfect finishing touch for your special sewing projects.

Volume and Shape

Exaggerated proportions and voluminous shapes are not always the easiest thing to pull off – too much volume and you get swallowed up, not enough and it simply looks as though your clothes are too big. The key is to play with volume in small doses and balance it out with more tailored pieces


Sports Night

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love it when fashion is influenced by sports. I know, I know – that seems really weird, but in my defense I do love a good juxtaposition. For me, a rough and tumble parka paired with a pretty dress, or a pair of sports-inspired trousers with a killer high heeled shoe strikes just the right balance between the casual and the chic.


White Out

There’s nothing more beautifully clean and simple than a white on white look. While I’m on the short list for “World’s Biggest Klutz” and always manage to spill something on my whites no matter how careful I am, I suppose now is the right time to start brushing up on those table manners because it appears that spring is all about the white out. And as an added bonus, nothing looks better with a summer tan than a crisp white ensemble.


The Lace Race

I wouldn’t really call lace a “trend” per se, but I always love seeing new and innovative ways designers use the material – whether as an accent or as the main attraction. The oversized eyelet lace at Louis Vuitton was perhaps the most fun interpretation this season, while Valentino’s more traditional take was the epitome of modern romance.


Meanwhile, I loved the lace sleeves and appliqués at Carven and the really interesting way that Chitose Abe mixed eyelet lace with knits at Sacai to create multi-textured garments that from a distance appeared to be one thing (a sweater and skirt) but upon closer inspection were actually another (a dress).


So now that fashion month is officially over, what trends are you looking forward to trying for spring? Any that you’re planning to incorporate into current sewing projects?


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    Oct 13, 2011, 12.16 PMby avjames

    I made Burda Pattern 8488 in suiting, I can now claim it was to copy those voluminous Kenzo pants!

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    Oct 13, 2011, 04.33 AMby Nermina Croata

    LOVE Disco style !!!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 07.11 PMby tanycha

    I, too, love the Paris runways. It can be a bit zany, but the trends are always graced with a little feminity and very much on point. I love that Givency sequine pant suit and Celine’s volumous take on the safari jacket. The Valentino white on white, strapless, pant suit is also cool and flowing. A must have for 2012. Don’t care much for the boxy dresses, though. I’m 5’5, and unless the dresses are thigh-length with some type of cut-out in the bodice or shoulder, I don’t think it would do much good for me. I’d have to check out the whole show.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 01.36 AMby bootycrewqueen

    I have gone thru practically every line from the Spring 2012 shows and I have to say many I found to be blah, boring or so weird they could have been from Mars. hehe I thought Packham’s dresses were lovely. So light and airy, and several others really caught my eye and gave me some inspiration. I forget the names now, but I wonder what kind of tea some of these designers are drinking-if you know what I mean.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 12.58 AMby n45

    Kenzo is a favorite of mine.Great details on those pants.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 05.41 PMby krystleskloset

    lace (current), white on white (spring), cutout sleeves (current), metallics (current) and I love overly exaggerated pants…(mainly because the bottom half of my body is slighter smaller than the top so I can get away with huge legged pants :) )

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    Oct 10, 2011, 07.49 AMby loulourosa

    I love the red miumiu dress and the Louis Vuiton dress. Both fresh and NOW! I also like the new shapes of the Kenzo silhouette, although it wouldnt suit my body shape. Fashion needs more designers like this who have an eye on the future instead of the boring “recycle” designs we see so often,…

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      Oct 10, 2011, 02.18 PMby themisslinds

      I couldn’t agree more – who wants to see the same old looks rehashed over and over again?

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      Oct 17, 2011, 11.23 AMby pambox

      those two are definitely the stand outs.

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    Oct 10, 2011, 07.22 AMby rochelle49

    I think that white Valentino strapless pant set is very feminine! I like it, too!

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    Oct 9, 2011, 10.03 PMby alexus1325

    Mmmmmmm, sequins…. I love metallics, I love lace, I love sheer inserts. I like the idea of a full back translated as a hood (as seen in Pattern Magic vol. 3), kinda like the Akris mesh jacket.

    If I could own one piece from this article, it would the Givenchy sparkly blazer :D

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      Oct 10, 2011, 02.46 PMby themisslinds

      oooo me to – that jacket is ah-may-zing

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    Oct 8, 2011, 04.48 PMby ck-paz

    Kenzo’s use of volume and shape; I love the look. I wonder what’s in the mind of these designers. At some point art should translate to functional wearability, or maybe not. I also love the red lace A-line with just a peep of contrasting color at the hem. Fabulous stuff!

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    Oct 8, 2011, 07.49 AMby fashionfreek

    I like the cut out shoulders. I have some red disco shiny fabric..also lace is great..i love it..pretty pretty lace. Great info, thanks for sharing.:-)

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    Oct 8, 2011, 01.23 AMby turtlegirl00

    the valentino dress is gorgeous! i love the lace trend too. And metallics are fun. i am not a fan of the cutouts so much—maybe at the hem, or less large on the shoulders?

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    Oct 8, 2011, 12.16 AMby nouvellegamine

    haha, i was obsessed with cut out shoulders when i was a teen. every single paper doll outfit i designed had them (or asymetrical necklines). and loving the miu miu lace dress.

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    Oct 7, 2011, 10.47 PMby ndimi

    Adore the strapless white pant set, it’s so chic and flattering. And I love the lace ideas.

    Great post, thanks.

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    Oct 7, 2011, 07.34 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    Thanks for the trend report Lindsey. I have gotten stuck in a vintage pattern sewing rut and I’m dying to create something modern and chic like some metallic sequin pants. As always, white on white is so chic. Not so sure about the pouffy voluminous looks though! Does anyone really want to look wider? I doubt there will be many takers for that trend! I just saw an inredible 3D lace dress by Gucci and I think we will be seeing lots of lace next year too.I’ll have to keep my eye out for interesting laces to buy.

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    Oct 7, 2011, 07.26 PMby nellyvdb

    All the lacey dresses, I love them…

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    Oct 7, 2011, 06.47 PMby Lattikka

    Second photo from the bottom – grey Valentino dress is O.M.G.!!! Luv it… Mmm…

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      Oct 7, 2011, 06.57 PMby themisslinds

      So beautiful, right? All the Valentino dresses had me swooning…

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