Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Working Girls

Paris Fashion Week is without a doubt the most important moment in fashion. Not only because the world's top designers reveal what trends are to come for Fall 09 but because it-girls of all catwalks of life make the pilgrimage to the City of Lights to flaunt the hottest styles at the hottest parties first.  The news is not happening on the runway, rather it is sipping a Rose Royale at the Bar at Plaza Athenee or getting down with Olivier Zahn in a smoky corner at Le Baron.  Paris is where style-philes discover what they will be donning in the months to come. 

Two years ago it was bandage dresses a la Christopher Kane (NOT Herve thank you very much). Last year it was scandalously slashed short frocks from Balmain.  And this year the fervor for Christophe Decarnin has not abated with the hit from his Spring 09 runway show, the molded blazer. From Colette's dinner bash for Alexander Wang to Roberto Cavalli's store opening, chic filles everywhere were rocking Balmain's style warrior look armored in his mighty suit.  With accented epaulets, this tailored jacket is meant to be paired with the skinniest jeans (and legs) you can find, as Vanessa Traina and Dasha Zhukova exhibit perfectly here.

Final Word: A clear nod to Decarnin's obsession with strong women who are not afraid to flaunt it if they got it, this look is not Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, but a peek at the powerful women of the future, it's just a matter if you're ready to work it.

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