The most-viewed 2008 Paris spring collections on Style.com.
Deeming the spring collections "optimistic, colorful — and tempered with a modern edge," buyers praised a strong fashion week in the City of Light, "headlined by blockbuster shows from Lanvin, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten and Nina Ricci," said WWD. In addition, retailers applauded the blend of inventiveness and commerciality from Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen. In the ranking of Style.com's most-viewed Paris collections, Chanel retained its number-one standing from last season, John Galliano moved up five spots to number 8 and Miu Miu jumped seven spots to number 9. New to the list this season: Stella McCartney, at number 13, Sonia Rykiel, 17th, and Christian Lacroix, 19th. Page views for the top 20 shows in the first 12 days totaled 32.9 million.
1. CHANEL Page views: 2,940,480 "Welcome to Chanel, lifestyle brand to the rich and fabulous," WWD proclaimed. Karl Lagerfeld opened with a lineup of swimsuits, which he mixed and matched with oodles of denim. He sent out knee-length shorts, girlish jumpers, chic dresses and relaxed tweeds. Evening contained graceful black dresses.
2. LOUIS VUITTON Page views: 2,631,281 Showing under an enormous tent pitched in the Cour Carrée du Louvre, Marc Jacobs sent out a lineup of "mix-and-match, pile-it-on, see-through-it elements..." said WWD. Bags were a collaboration with Richard Prince, many of which were printed with Prince's interpretations of the Vuitton logo — washed, faded or painted over.
3. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Page views: 2,442,778 Choosing to celebrate the life of fashion editor Isabella Blow, McQueen focused on high, dramatic glamour. Looks featured major shoulders, trussed waists, theatrical construction and a remarkable lineup of hats by Philip Treacy. At the end, he and Treacy, who were both mentored by Blow, took a bow together.
4. LANVIN Page views: 2,328,456 Alber Elbaz is definitely connecting with his audience these days. Everything he showed for spring was inventive, yet wearable — he sent out no-seam dresses and flyaway trenchcoats, and brightened up the collection with jewel-toned cocktail dresses. Elbaz went big for evening with high-impact, ruffle-edged dresses.
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