As always, the best Fashion Week is last! The shows in Paris gave spring 2010 its defining trends. From harder couturelike construction at Balenciaga and McQueen to the feminine froth of Chanel and Nina Ricci, it was a season of choice. From the tattered tees and frayed jackets at Balmain to the exquisite draping at Lanvin, this city proves that it's in a class of its own. Narrowing down to the top twenty best shows was hard, but we made our picks. Click ahead to see our choices.
With couturelike craftsmanship, Nicolas Ghesquière’s collage of fabrics, from leather to chiffon, signal his return to a tougher and more urban chic.
Christophe Decarnin’s army of tattered tees and chain-mail sizzlers was the hottest brigade of club girls going.
Karl’s outstanding romp in the hay for Chanel underlined two of the season’s biggest trends: natural, raw fabrics and feminine lace and ruffles.
Comme des Garçons
At Comme Des Garçons, the trench gets deconstructed and layered to create an original yet charming take on this classic piece.
John Galliano’s take on forties film noir highlighted the era’s classic trench and mixed it with the season’s ubiquitous lingerie.
Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten’s stellar show was a return to his patterned roots. By combining Asian batiks and Indian beading with classics like khakis and two-tone pumps, his end result was both eclectic and fabulous!
Gareth Pugh’s collection has grown up: His essential Goth girl is now prettier and more approachable.
Isabel Marant’s collections are full of what every girl wants to own! Embellished jeweled jackets over flippy micro minis and nude-toned ruffly dresses are must-haves for spring.
For John’s eponymous collection, he took the trench and ruched the sleeves, ruffled the collar, and dropped it on top of a flirty lace slip dress.
Junya Watanabe’s opening section stole the show. The super-skinny menswear-inspired suits were a marvel in construction.
Without exception, Alber Elbaz’s collections for Lanvin never disappoint! From vermilion beads to pleated and draped knockouts, his dresses for spring are even more beautiful than ever.
Marc Jacobs’s youthful collection for Vuitton combined everything but the kitchen sink in a surprisingly uplifting and original way.
Dresses with unique digital prints and diaphanous bubbles over scaly legs were but two examples of another otherworldly collection by McQueen.
Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu collection took the idea of day into night to an extreme. A classic collared shirt is matched with crystal-beaded mesh in one look.
Peter Copping’s first collection for Nina Ricci was a study in feminine frills. He kept his confections in check, however, with nipped waists and peep-toe booties.
Rick Owens’s palette for spring was refreshing and light. Ivory and cream layers topped the season’s must-have item: The short.
The design team at Valentino has hit their stride. This collection had all of VaVa’s classic DNA, but was made for the next generation of gals.
Stefano Pilati’s YSL collection highlighted the season’s penchant for pleats, especially in this crisp white vest over high-waisted shorts.
Phoebe Philo’s long-awaited return at Celine was a Paris highlight! Simple designs and beautiful fabrics made for a collection of outstanding separates.
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