October 15, 2007




From top left: jeweled necklace; sandal with raffia detail; necklace with wood beads: Lanvin. Multicolor beaded sandal with leather strap; multicolor beaded cuff bracelet: Dries Van Noten.

The spring woman is a globe trekker. Lanvin and Dries Van Noten take her to Africa with bold and chunky accessories-beaded, feathered and jeweled for a tribal look. Paris Chic is loaded with detail and edge.


From rop left: Silk purple/sand/white headscarf with hat attached; white clutch with color blocks, black/yellow/canvas belt with pink crocodile trim; Christian Lacroix. Pink crocodile riding boots: Hermés. Satin multicolor maryjane with metal heel: Miu Miu.

A peacock is vain and brilliantly colored with iridescent eyes. Paris designers somehow took this into account, using bold color and modern design to make luxe femininity heard.


From top left: Pattern and leather belt; cuff bracelets with diamonds and jewels: Christian Lacroix. Patent and lace slingbacks with diamond patterned heel: Victor & Rolf. Knee-high woven gladiator boots: Balenciaga. Striped hat: Christian Dior.

While a lot of spring trends focus on transparency and delicateness, designers like Galliano and Ghesquiére add sass with pieces that could have come from a 1920's jazz club. Forget floral for a moment-its chunks of black and white, stripes, diamonds, and checkers. Ghesquiére evokes his black and white striped pants of Spring 2006 in gladiator boot form.


From top left: Crocodile handbag; python belt with silver chain; futuristic stilettos with silver detail: Alexander McQueen. Knee-high multicolor snakeskin boots: Miu Miu. Crocodile envelope clutch: Chloé.

Skins were once considered a luxury, but now every other handbag and heel is python or croc. It doesn't have to be wild like its leopard print cousin-McQueen is taming it to pair it with work clothes. Crocodile becomes soft and elegantly simple, as gray is carried on from fall to spring. Miu Miu may have the boot of the season-the python boots also come in blue, green, and yellow-as they are an avant-garde transition from heavy boots to spring sandals.


From top left: canvas and pink jewel heel with python strap: Christian Lacriox. Light pink/sheer wide-brimmed hat; light pink satin stiletto; rose pink heels with black lace and tassle detail: John Galliano. Black hat with double-layer ruffled bottom: Karl Lagerfeld.

No one captures a classier lady dining outdoors against a backdrop of nature like Renoir. Effortless elegance took place in a garden setting at a Paris stadium-where the beauty of a lady is most natural-at John Galliano. The ladylike accessories with shades of pink, detailed accents, jewels and delicate form complement spring's ruffle and silk floral print trends.

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