With the spring 2008 shows under way in Paris, we checked in with Sari Sloane, VP of fashion merchandising at Intermix, to get her picks from the latest crop of looks. What's she buying for spring? Stella's florals and shoes, Chloé's graphic prints, and all of Lanvin.
Against the backdrop of a vertical garden designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, Stella's spring 2008 show opened with a series of bright floral-printed dresses and jumpsuits. The collection was feminine and youthful. Prints were a standout, ranging from florals both bright and muted to paisleys in soft earth tones. The Stella girl has a range of jumpsuits to choose from, the best being a sexy white halter with wide pant leg. The shoes and handbags were the strongest she's done yet, featuring carved wooden clogs and ethnic beading. This collection was her best and a true highlight this season.
Watch a slideshow of the Stella McCartney collection.
Chloé's collection was abstract and modern. Fabrics were soft and sheer and often layered to create a contrast between femininity and edge. The color palette was muted save for pops of navy, purple, and coral, and graphic prints gave the illusion of being hand-painted. The high point was the color-blocked dresses. Though not necessarily wearable for every woman, the overall collection looked fresh and creative.
Watch a slideshow of the Chloé collection.
Lanvin was a stunner! Alber Elbaz designed a collection in which each look was stronger than the last. There was a shift toward fluidity in volume, with draping and ultralight fabrics. Dresses were offered in vivid gem tones of marigold, emerald, and ruby as well as with sparkling fabrics, feathers, and high-shine silks. The balance of minimal silhouettes with intricate draping was gorgeous and effortless. Accessories were bold and layered and often mixed a variety of materials.
Watch a slideshow of the Lanvin collection.