The Paris fashion week for fall/winter 2012-2012 just ended. Looking at its outcome, many observers say that Paris is, without a doubt, the world fashion capital. Forget about Milano or New York! Paris is where everything is happening in fashion. The shows organized by Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu closed this session. About a year ago, with the scandal surrounding the antisemitic declarations of John Galliano, the former creative director of Dior, the atmosphere was not at all the same. Even with the economic crisis, we are not back to something more positive, full of creativity and enthousiasm.
There is a strong influence of the New Wave of the 1980s and 1990s among the current fashion designers. There is also a fascination for modernity and urbanism: Balenciaga chose to present its collection at the top of a tall buidling of the Beaugrenelle area, near the Eiffel Tower.
Hermès chose to use velvet, which is, in that case, an influence of the 1970s. Italian brands such as Diesel and Gucci also chose to use it for their upcoming collection. The colors are more discreet, as the last trends were all about orange and red. You will want to use very large scarves, according to Vuitton. It has to be worn under a jacket. A lot of brands, in Milano and Paris, such as Yves Saint-Laurent or Hermès, used leather, but only concerning shoes or jackets, not fully equipped. There is also an influence of military clothing (Dior Homme). Leather, and military jackets… All of this is meant to be very masculine. Lastly, the fur collar will keep you warm, according to Yves-Saint-Laurent.