The spring season ended with a bang in Paris this month. Key pieces such as platform shoes, cropped jackets and romantic blouses paved the way for some highly praised collections, among them Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. In addition, WWD said Paris offered "great dresses, easy sportswear and other creative styles that should keep the luxury business rolling." Linda Fargo, senior vice president of fashion office and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, commented, "Paris always crystallizes the spirit of the season." The top 20 Paris collections accounted for 31.8 million page views on Style.com, 47 percent more than last year.
CHANEL Page views: 3,075,257 "Karl Lagerfeld showed a perplexing collection," said WWD, noting his color choices for spring — black, white, pink and yellow — and the odd combinations of pieces on the runway, such as a tweed jacket paired with sequined swim briefs. Still, he had some standouts, like his short tweed dresses and the tulle-veiled jeans.
LOUIS VUITTON Page views: 2,337,041 It was a romantic, gorgeous spring at Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs sent out a lineup of cashmeres, floral prints and plenty of accessories. And since handbags are the engine that drives the fashion house, they "just kept coming," said WWD, "embroidered, printed and appliquéd with lace."
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Page views: 2,206,550 Working with Edwardian tailoring and extra curvy gowns, Alexander McQueen showed a collection that WWD called "perfection." He sent out solid silk gowns with flower petals, corset dresses, a tiered black gown and a dress with a poufed-out hem and plenty of crystal beading.
BALENCIAGA Page views: 2,168,500 Nicolas Ghesquière's dark approach to fashion futurism was evident in his visions for spring. He showed sleeveless jackets, bronze warrior dresses and brassy leg armor on the one hand, but made sure to include some salable pieces, such as his printed scarf dresses, stiff miniskirts and tunics.
VALENTINO Page views: 1,906,922 Using a colorful palette for spring, Valentino's evening lineup of romantic gowns oozed sophistication, even with the endless ruffles and bows attached. His shorts set showed his versatility, while a naughty white dress with a peekaboo latticework design raised some eyebrows in the crowd.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"