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Paris Fashion Week: Chloe, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent

Chloe designer Hannah MacGibbon re-visted her girlie side in Paris yesterday with a dancewear-inspired collection of light, breezy, minimalist pieces for spring ’11.

Leotards with scooped-out backs, tutu-style cut out dresses and swishy tulle skirts all featured in a neutral palette of peach, nude, white and taupe.

Key shapes included A-line skirts, alongside tailored items such as straight leg pants, V-neck wrap dresses and structured jackets. Outerwear was defiantly minimalist with simple shapes in black, ivory. A shot of colour appreared on a statement red crepe coat and ballet pumps.

Ankle-skimming dresses slashed to the thigh defined Stella McCartney’s spring11 offer in Paris - sexy in a cool, unaffected way. A silk dress in a fun, vibrant print of oranges and lemons had a summery-chic feel, less formal than her signature tailoring.

Feminine tailoring featured in a soft palette of pastels, pistachio and light blue. Trousers were high-waisted and cropped with a hint of ‘70’s flare. This contrasted with denim tunics and shorts in boxy shapes.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati displayed a sleek modern collection of slim-cut jumpsuits, gypsy dresses and tailored suits. A-line skirts featured alongside soft, peasant dresses in printed silks, with contrasting ruffles around the neckline and hem.

A classic palette of black, white and sand was interjected with slashes of orange, green and blue. For eveningwear there was a sheer, frilled turquoise dress.

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