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Paris stays chic to the end at fall fashion show


Style guru Susan Tabak has been a regular in the front row of the Paris fashion shows for the past seven years. Tabak, author of the book “Chic in Paris” and the popular style blog chicinparis  gives her take to Reuters on last week’s shows:

The Pret-a-Porter Fall 2009 collections in Paris heralded chic design all week, albeit with increasing edge.  Dramatic shoulder emphasis and the classic black and white palette were shown time and again, revealing themselves as key elements to Fall fashion this year.

FRANCE-FASHION/Riccardo Tisci featured both in his show at Givenchy, with fur implants in shoulder pads and several variations of a one-shouldered dress.  Stefano Pilati also incorporated these themes.  He presented an ultra-chic and impeccably tailored collection for Yves Saint Laurent with crisp white shirts and pencil skirts, lots of black leather and very sleek jackets.  It was classic, with a twist.  I could definitely see myself wearing the collection.


The same goes for Akris.  Marked by trapezoids, geometric design, and — yes — accentuated shoulders, Akris designer Albert Kriemler’s architectural inspiration was evident in nearly every piece.  Though the clothing is different from Alber Elbaz’s collection for Lanvin, both Elbaz and he have a great sense for what the chic modern woman wants and needs in her clothing.