PARIS, Mar 11, 2011 / — In a declination of his haute couture collection, Zuhair Murad was inspired by the vaporous sensuality of the Demoiselles by David Hamilton, of Emmanuelle played by Sylvia Kristel for his prêt-a-porter Fall 2011 collection. The ribbons are back in grace in a leitmotiv...

Then drop by the Hôtel de Crillon to see Mal-Aimée, designed by Marius Borgeaud and Léonie Hostettler. Their fresh, graphic take on clothes with a "couture attitude" makes everything they make feel youthful–but they're quick to point out, these pieces are for women, not little girls.

Susan Tabak home Paco Rabanne's Le 69 accessories on display at the Crillon As we neared the end of the Prêt-à-Porter, fashion fatigue began setting in. Luckily, Paco Rabanne was showing its Le 69 accessories collection at the Hôtel de Crillon, so I didn't have far to go. And as soon as I...

Susan and Bryanboy I'd heard in advance that this would be a very private affair, put together at the last minute (at one point, rumor suggested the show wouldn't happen at all). But go on it did, and I felt honored to be among the few invited to pay homage to John's creative genius. The...

Turns out, I loved the clothes by this Turkish designer who speaks so little English, he keeps interpreters on hand to translate questions. The show was full of glamour and sex appeal, with a hint of androgyny (not my usual style). But even the clothes with masculine touches were tempting,...

From a soirée hosted by Rika magazine for Maison Michel (where, par hasard, I ran into my friend Michelle Harper) to Maxim'sChez Lui, hosted by dynamic duo Marc Zaffutto and Emmanuel d'Orazio, to the New York, New York party at Regine's (where I bumped into fellow New Yorker Jessica...

That said, Paris Fashion Week was certainly turned upside down by the ongoing drama surrounding John Galliano and his sudden dismissal from Christian Dior. Ultimately, the show went on–at the end of which, the maison 's entire design team assembled to take a bow. As the French say, plus ça...

Susan with Maxime Simoens Actress Fan Bingbing and model Daisy Lowe While watching the défilé (and even before I read the notes attached to the run-of-show), I thought, Wow, this collection is really good! In fact, it was one of the best Elie Saab Prêt-à-Porter presentations I've ever...

I had to agree: when I find a designer whose work really turns me on, the earth can literally move! MAL-AIMÉE did that for me. It's the brainchild of Marius and Léonie, two young designers who worked for Olivier Theyskens at Nina Ricci, went out on their own and found their mojo. They're...

Her turns on the runway were definitely the main attraction–but the clothes were pretty wild, too. Then, for a change of pace, Susan took in her first Junko Shimada défilé, and saw chiffon dresses, lace tops and fur capes that were "absolutely gorgeous." See for yourself!

 

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