Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu signalled the end of Paris Fashion Week and therefore the last of spring 12’s main catwalks.
With rumours rife of Marc Jacobs potential move from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior it is perhaps fitting that Jacobs took us on a merry go round for spring12, with a revolving carousel at the show. After the harshness of Louis Vuitton’s fetish look last season, spring 12 was light and much softer with a fresh palette of lemon, peppermint and ice whites. Broderie anglaise and floral appliqué on overcoats and dresses with feathers echoed the softness of the collection but crocodile effect biker jackets added an edge to prevent it looking too sweet. Bell shaped skirts and dresses stopped just below the knee and highlights included shirts with organza layers and three quarter length overcoats with Broderie collars. All in all this collection looked much more along the lines of a couture collection from Jacobs, perhaps adding fuel to the fire that he could in fact be on his way to head up the house of Dior.
Miu Miu’s collection was a lot darker in both colour and overall aesthetic than its older sibling Prada’s, seen in Milan just under two weeks ago, which was full of playful prints and hot-rod cars. Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu collection had more of a sinister edge, with a palette of burgundy, grey and black. Overall it wasn’t a standout collection from the Prada stable. It was mainly a collection of dresses, with reworked coloured lace and satin standing out as the most important fabrics. Patchwork was also seen on A-line shaped dresses worn with overcoats and stoles which had velvet ties, while other highlights included layered lace skirts and overcoats