Paris’ top spring collections based on the number of Style.com page views during the first 12 days they were posted online.
The Paris collections for spring revealed fashions of every sort. Abstract ideas were taken on, ranging from Ts displaying bold messages, to sack dresses, to streamlined, wearable suits. Web traffic during the Paris season topped 34 million page views for Style.com. Led by the popularity of Paris, Style.com’s total monthly page views for October will near 100 million for the first time in the site’s history. Chanel, with 2.35 million page views for the first 12 days of being posted online, is the highest of any collection this season. The top 20 accounted for a combined 22 million page views.
Page views: 2,353,065
Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collection was a mix of women’s wear for spring. Jeans, tweeds and fedoras were sprinkled into the show, which also included a major exploration of shorts. Later came “suits in blinding brights, party frocks and on and on,” said WWD.
2. Louis Vuitton
Page views: 1,595,462
The celeb-fest was in full force for Louis Vuitton — everyone from Winona Ryder to Sharon Stone stopped by. And as terrific as the clothes have been, “handbags steer the Vuitton ship, and no one knows that better than [Marc] Jacobs,” said WWD.
Page views: 1,589,000
“C’est magnifique!” said WWD. “Nicolas Ghesquière exploded the Paris season into a flurry of fabulousness.” Sack dresses, skinny jackets and jeans, along with T-shirts that read “Devils in Balenciaga” were all part of the rocker chic collection.
Page views: 1,534,362
Valentino’s collection included a black-and-white opening passage full of the clean-cut shapes that made him famous. Standouts included kimono jackets and gowns covered in flowers, and a white gown with crystal straps that was perfect for evening.
Page views: 1,444,103
“Phoebe Philo is one of the hottest, most-copied designers in fashion, having infused girlish dressing with a whole new savvy,” said WWD. She showed pristine white frocks — confections in linen, organza and metal gauze with embellishments.
6. Christian Dior
Page views: 1,442,079
John Galliano let go of fancy for spring and instead featured a nude-tone collection. Clothing was overlaid with black lace and piping for corsetry outlines. “High evening kept the same ethereal calm as the day clothes,” said WWD.
7. Alexander McQueen
Page views: 1,276,650
For spring, McQueen stated, “Power dressing. I’m bringing sex back to the market.” Yet some of the collection was too aggressive, said WWD. The tailored looks fell short. Nevertheless, jersey dresses and a white column dress were hits.
8. Yves Saint Laurent
Page views: 1,160,296
Stefano Pilati’s preferred silhouette for spring: “Clean and lean with an Eighties cast to the cut, with demonstrative frills softening the inherent precision.” The most successful revelations were the toreador pants with ruffled shirts and little jackets.
9. Stella McCartney
Page views: 1,133,126
McCartney’s collection was sophisticated and classic. She opened with a blazer over pale gray pants, along with a lavender shirtdress. Evening revealed cocktail dresses, some adorned with prints straight from a painting by Jeff Koons — who attended the show.
Page views: 1,125,953
Alber Elbaz’s collection was pared down this year. Sheath dresses were cinched with industrial elastic bands, and men’s shirts were tucked into lean, mean pencil skirts. For evening, Elbaz sent out slick dresses with glittering orchids or abstract colors.
Page views: 1,005,697
It was a subdued showing for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Hermès collection this season. Beginning with a white draped shirtdress, he showed suede jackets and a host of colorful cardigans. “The collection lacked that essential spark of personality,” said WWD.
12. Jean Paul Gaultier
Page views: 821,557
Embroidered peasant blouses formed the collection’s base. In addition, Gaultier worked in plenty to please his urban followers: Sophisticated tailored suits, fitted jackets, even floral chiffon dresses were a few of the favorites.
13. John Galliano
Page views: 819,036
Everyone is beautiful. That was Galliano’s approach this year. Instead of leggy models, he used older women, twins, some glams, cross-dressers — you name it. “The clothes? Beautiful. But they made for a mere sideshow to the main event,” said WWD.
14. Viktor & Rolf
Page views: 761,985
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren presented an entirely backward show. When the lights went down, out came the designers for their final bow, followed by their models. Then the clothes: Gowns were twisted and suits morphed jacket sleeves into pant legs.
Page views: 757,605
Olivier Theyskens revealed a lineup of gorgeous gowns with curves, trains and embellishments. Though evening has been his primary focus, he also introduced day wear, including pantsuits in washed fabrics worn with simple, feminine blouses.
16. Christian Lacroix
Page views: 674,467
A runway covered in sand hinted a new attitude at Christian Lacroix. Pretty dresses formed the core of the collection: strapless prints, artsy knits and wrap dresses were revealed. Lacroix also showed expert tailoring in a fabulous, full-cut red metallic trenchcoat.
Page views: 613,599
New Celine designer Ivana Omazic packed in dozens of exits, and many looked quite good. Among the show’s strengths: the snappy sportswear and the soft, pleated-front voile shirtdress. “But such is not enough to carry a collection,” said WWD.
Page views: 602,328
Riccardo Tisci brought out an influx of zombie-dominatrix hybrids who moved mechanically around. “Which is too bad,” said WWD, “Some of the clothes were really good, suggesting a creator who could develop his craft into a serious business.”
19. Vivienne Westwood
Page views: 538,898
The collection was based on Westwood’s signature disheveled look. She revealed T-shirts with sayings such as, “I’m not a terrorist. Please don’t arrest me,” or “Branded.” Westwood’s easy knits and tie-dye frocks were well-received.
20. Yohji Yamamoto
Page views: 450,957
Yamamoto’s display of baggy pants, overgrown shirts and witch-like apparel were all cumbersome and missed the mark. WWD expected more, calling Yamamoto “One of fashion’s great creators: artist, intellect and technician in one remarkable package.”
Source: style.com the web site has a monthly readership of more than 1,200,000. the average age of the audience is 35, with a median income of $68,000; 83 percent of readers are female.source: style.com the web site has a monthly readership of more than 1,200,000. the average age of the audience is 35, with a median income of $68,000; 83 percent of readers are female.