It’s tempting to wrap things up with a bow at the end of a fashion week (It’s all about purple! Hemlines are rising!), but the message from Paris was more dazzlingly diverse: long skirts, short skirts, something in between. If anything, there emerged a very wearable (which is not to say dull) version of fashion; from Phoebe Philo’s tunic-trouser combinations to Lanvin’s smart day dresses worn with flats to Bianca Jagger suits everywhere you turned, it felt that designers were really thinking about the needs of the women who will wear their clothes. In Chanel’s lavish spectacle at the Grand Palais, Carmen Kass wowed in a dress made entirely of peach marabou, but it was the simple knit dresses that lingered in the mind afterward as a completely wonderful way to dress. Click ahead to see a slideshow of my top seventeen looks from Paris Fashion Week.
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