Paris Fashion Finale Spring-Summer 2013

Photo by: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

After nine days of couture, style, color and innovation, Paris Fashion Week 2012 came to a close with three show-stopping presentations by none other than iconic   house–Louis Vuitton, as well as Miu Miu and Elie Saab. These three forces of fashion definitely did not disappoint when it came to attention grabbing theatrics this season.

Marc Jacobs, the creative director and showman of Louis Vuitton, opted to build a life-size shopping mall inside the Louvre . Sixty-four retro looks came down four escalators and presented strong silhouettes and graphic patterns. The bold optical designs, found in black and white, browns, gray and leaf green weren’t the only throwback to the mod 60s. Slightly puffed rounded shoulders, miniskirts, beehives and a few exposed midriffs reflected the style of the times as well. Although Louis Vuitton is a house that prides itself of its tradition, this collection also showed evolution. For the first time, the designs did not feature the classic monogram that so many have grown to love and associate with the brand.

Jacobs isn’t the only fashion powerhouse to put on a show in Paris this week. Miuccia Prada opted for a more whimsical approach with a small forest serving as the backdrop for her Miu Miu show. Fashion insiders held wooden invitations as they walked down a wooden “red carpet” and into the auditorium with a 30-meter wooden runway, surrounded by huge wooden-tiered seating. The fashion didn’t fail to live up to the magnitude of the wooden fixtures surrounding it. Cool and edgy designs reflected this season’s fascination with prints and contrasting colors were used on loose skirts, giving an eclectic feel to the show.

Paris Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without the show-stopping Lebanese designer Elie Saab. His fashion show featured huge graphic chunks of moon rock down the runway, reflecting his geometric theme, something out of the norm for the master of the sultry silhouette. For this show, Saab opted for graphic details and floral prints while still managing to stay true to his brand and present some stunning gowns that many of his clientele expect to see from the designer. The show included blue, vermilion, cobalt and fluorescent color prints found in the form of dresses, some full length, others above the knee.

As the ninth day of the season came to a close, these three designers proved their place in fashion stardom by not only presenting breathtaking designs, but also revolutionizing the catwalk.

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