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Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Valentino

If Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton were to be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress then the collection of white gowns shown on the Paris catwalk yesterday could provide a hint of what is to come on April 29.

Lavish white dresses populated the collection and included gowns with waterfall skirts, hand pleated chiffon trains, porcelain bodices and pearl embroidered bodices.

For her autumn 11 collection, inspired by the idea of an Ice Queen and her court, Burton opted for a very limited palette of white, black and lilac using fabrics including silk, velvet, tweed, fur and organza. Structured yet voluminous dresses were offset by the harshness of visible zips, studs and even harnesses.  

Other key pieces included slim fitting white jackets with fur trim on the shoulders paired with pencil skirts made loose at the knee with the addition of zips.  Bondage-esque laced black boots finished many of the outfits.

Jumpsuits were key to Chanel’s autumn 11 collection and were displayed in a variety of monochrome patterns. The very dark collection was heavily made up of greys and blacks with rare flashes of red and dark green with tweed the predominant fabric.

Outerwear consisted of long capes and boxy jackets were worn over trousers either cuffed or bunched at the ankle. The collection had a very masculine feel with feminine lace maxi lengths given a robust feel with pockets of leather.

Valentino kept its latest collection pretty in pink with ladylike looks in a selection of dusky colours. Daytime pieces provided a casual feel with sixties cut cashmere dresses and swingy knee-length skirts. Lace was regularly used and was particularly effective when seen on slim long evening gowns, further items included fitted dresses with flared or pleated skirts and sheer silk tops. Delicate touches included flowers appliquéd to the neckline of dresses. Outerwear hosted a variety of deeper colours on fur coats and leather trenches.

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