Fashion

The Paris 100

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As the final round of spring/summer 2012 catwalk shows draw to a close in Paris, we finish our Fashion 100 series with our definitive edit of the best looks to emerge from the City of Light's runways.

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  • Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012

    Sarah Burton gave metallic hues a different more ladylike direction from AW11’s futuristic feel

  • Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012

    The McQueen line has had a noticeably feminine injection since Sarah Burton took over at the helm

  • Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012

    This look proves how intricate and delicate the McQueen collections are

  • Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012

    Along with Chanel, the McQueen collection took on an aquatic underwater feel

  • Azzaro Spring/Summer 2012

    Azzaro made the jumpsuit relevant again. Notice the androgyny-inspired cut and tailoring influences

  • Azzaro Spring/Summer 2012

    The bathing suit has been a key feature in a lot of collections for SS12

  • Azzaro Spring/Summer 2012

    The house’s signature embellishment returned for SS12

  • Balmain Spring/Summer 2012

    Olivier Rousteing’s first collection for the label was a success. This floral embroidered dress was one of our favourite looks

  • Balmain Spring/Summer 2012

    The label’s iconic slimline silhouette was still prominent in the new collection

  • Balmain Spring/Summer 2012

    The Balmain shirt with rhinestone embellishment is set to be a SS12 hit

  • Cacharel Spring/Summer 2012

    Cacharel’s collection has an abundance of Gallic charm with warm oranges and sweet florals

  • Cacharel Spring/Summer 2012

    Ice cream pastels are an ss12 favourite and we love the mixed print top and skirt take on the trend

  • Cacharel Spring/Summer 2012

    Maxis are still a major runway hit and Cacharel’s new designers Ling Lui and Dawei Sun have given it a feminine twist with this floaty version

  • Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

    Even though Karl Lagerfeld’s aim for this collection was nothing too ‘Chanel’, some of the brands iconic boxy tweeds remain, coupled with pretty ruffles

  • Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

    A mother-of-pearl, iridescent sheen dazzled the runway as the Grand Palais was transformed into an underwater paradise – note the string of pearls replacing belts

  • Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

    We loved the mint-green maribou feather details on this pretty cocktail number

  • Chanel Spring/Summer 2012

    A key element of the collection was ‘lightness’, created by delicately sheer material, quite new for Chanel

  • Dior Spring/Summer 2012

    Bill Gaytten has reverted to a safer collection for SS12 with a dressed-up mood. We love the classic jacket modernized with a wider neckline

  • Dior Spring/Summer 2012

    This ladylike dress in blood orange silk reminds the fashion world that Dior is still at the top of its game

  • Dior Spring/Summer 2012

    The influence of dance clothing has not left the catwalk it seems with this soft pink, tulle ballet maxi, with its black wrap-around waist detail

  • Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012

    James Reeve’s photography pervaded the second half of the collection and the night-scape prints were a strong feature

  • Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012

    The tunic dress over trousers carries on into SS12 at Dries Van Noten, the sack style resonant of Balenciaga in the 1950s

  • Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2012

    The collage of prints originated from seventeenth-century botanical etchings, jungle scenes, and seascapes

  • Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012

    ‘Colour Shock’ was the name of Elie Saab’s new collection and the vivid shades have scored well on the celebrity circuit already at the Emmys

  • Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012

    Sequins were Saab’s biggest evening statement and ranged from all-over to embellished tops

  • Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012

    Lace was the last evening statement, often barely there and intricately woven into the seams

  • Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2012

    References to early collections were celebrated in Gareth Pugh’s show, such as the cage-like striped dresses

  • Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2012

    Monochrome is always a Pugh favourite, even in a summer collection

  • Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2012

    The bionic woman of prey ended the collection in fiery triumph

  • Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012

    Ricardo Tisci’s focus was on tailoring, rather than print this season

  • Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012

    Tisci said that his inspiration for this collection was dolphins and mermaids – an oceanic theme which has dominated the Spring catwalks

  • Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012

    Swirling lapels, leather and clinging exotic fabrics reminiscent of water creatures such as eels and stingray

  • Hermes Spring/Summer 2012

    Burnt orange suede and rich colours take us right to the heart of Morocco

  • Hermes Spring/Summer 2012

    Hermes takes us on a journey across the globe to the Greek islands with swathes of modest white linens

  • Hermes Spring/Summer 2012

    Gypsy skirts and traveller waistcoats complete Hermes’ Spring journey

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012

    The signature trench in beautiful pastels were a Gaultier favourite

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012

    Vibrant neons prove that it’s all about the colour

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012

    Put yourself in head-to-toe cobalt blue for a vibrant summer look

  • John Galliano Spring/Summer 2012

    Nostalgia and romance were the themes in the Galliano SS12 collection

  • John Galliano Spring/Summer 2012

    The architectural quality of the collection showed Gaytten’s strong personal influence

  • John Galliano Spring/Summer 2012

    The boater hat was a firm favourite accessory

  • Kenzo Spring/Summer 2012

    Primary colours make a bold statement and prove that mixing colours are essential

  • Kenzo Spring/Summer 2012

    A belted jacket keeps it nipped in at the waist while an orange skirt keeps it modern

  • Kenzo Spring/Summer 2012

    Monochrome was prominent at a lot of collection, including Kenzo

  • Kanye West Spring/Summer 2012

    High shine metallics were the obvious choice for Kanye West

  • Kanye West Spring/Summer 2012

    Tough leather can still be a spring asset

  • Kanye West Spring/Summer 2012

    Embellished jackets make a statement at Kanye West

  • Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2012

    Yellow and pretty pastels are a huge SS12 trend and Issey Miyake didn’t miss out

  • Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2012

    Tribal influences were strong at Issey Miyake this season

  • Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2012

    At Issey Miyake the dresses billowed like flower petals

  • Lanvin Spring/Summer 2012

    Alber Elbaz's collection for SS12 was dark and sexy, feturing recurrent snake motifs and heavy embellishment

  • Lanvin Spring/Summer 2012

    With his signature draping, the chiffon dresses had a distinctly gothic feel

  • Lanvin Spring/Summer 2012

    Lanvin also played androgynous silhouettes, from low-buttoned blazers and coats...

  • Lanvin Spring/Summer 2012

    ...to tuxedo-style waistcoats and cigerette pants

  • Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2012

    At Miu Miu we saw little red riding hood gone bad - with the label's blood red lace coats paired over prairie print dresses

  • Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2012

    We loved the luxurious fabrics used on both the outerwear (seen here again in the collection's blood-red)...

  • Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2012

    ... as well as on seperates, perfectly paired here with a crisp white blouse

  • Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2012

    He may be the master of leather jackets, but Rick Owens showed us how to rock the leather in spring/summer with these oversized t-shirt dresses

  • Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2012

    Maxi dresses with nun-like necks also featured on the Owens runway

  • Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2012

    Rick Owens also re-figured the tunic dress using a collage of suede and leather

  • Rochas Spring/Summer 2012

    Rochas showed us glamorous eveningwear, with fifties-inspired prom dresses in a minty green and covered in sequins

  • Rochas Spring/Summer 2012

    We also some delicious printed dress coats in a candy pink

  • Rochas Spring/Summer 2012

    This vintage-style swimsuit would be perfect beachwear come spring/summer

  • Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2012

    The Mouret collection was much bolder this season, with graphic detailing on straps and hems

  • Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2012

    We adore this aqua blue shift, with it's contrast detailing on the skirt

  • Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012

    Stella McCartney continues her polka-dot theme from last season, with this gorgeous printed trouser suit

  • Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012

    With these dramatic hemlines, we predict these mini-dresses will be all over the red carpet next year

  • Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2012

    We were also enjoying the sporty influences in the collection, with racer backs and bright white seperates

  • Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2012

    The Vanessa Bruno collection updated bohemian day dresses with laser silver panelling ...

  • Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2012

    ...which also featured on the eveningwear

  • Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2012

    These delicate floral patchwork pants would be perfect paired with denim in the summer

  • Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012

    Viktor & Rolf's mad-cap take on brocade with graphic black detailing

  • Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012

    We adore the drama of this royal blue dress with it's period sleeves and neckline

  • Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012

    The catwalk also saw metallic-effect gowns with delivate lace detailing

  • Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012

    The princess gown got a makeover in this embellished design, complete with a bold tiered skirt

  • Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012

    We loved the Viktor & Rolf bride with the bunny ear detailing on the veil and richly woven nude gown

  • Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Spring/Summer 2012

    A dream in white chiffon seperates

  • Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Spring/Summer 2012

    This season's collection had deep oriental influences, from the iridescent gold lace ...

  • Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Spring/Summer 2012

    ...to the heavy embellished evening gowns

  • Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Spring/Summer 2012

    Westwood's quirky silhouettes were seen throughout the collection

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    Yves Saint Laurent worked from a rich colour pallette, using emerald greens, purples and royal blues in their SS12 collection

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    Collars were softened in chiffon and dropped down to the navel

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    These jacquard cigerette pants were a favourite of the YSL spring/summer collection

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    The peplum waist featured on yet another Paris catwalk, here shown in a delectable sorbet pink

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    The jewel tone dresses of the spring/summer collection were given more drama, with amplified skirt shapes and subtle ruffles around the waist line

  • Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012

    The signature YSL all-in-one got a modern update, with cutout panels and gold belt detailing

  • Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2012

    Nina Ricci's collection this season was decidedly pretty, featuring print floral shifts and soft capped sleeves

  • Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2012

    Nina Ricci creates the perfect office suit for the summer in a crisp white

  • Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2012

    Leather biker jackets were transformed for the spring by cropping sleeves and in lilac hues

  • Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 2012

    We had our eye on this beautiful pink goddess gown, perfect for the red carpet with its clever gold details

  • Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

    Marc Jacobs showed he's staying firmly at the helm of Louis Vuitton, with his breathtaking spring/summer collection, a rainbow of pastel hues

  • Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

    Using the traditional broderie anglaise technique, Jacobs created luxurious seperates for the collection

  • Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

    We saw innovative takes on the spring coat, such as this look with it's peter pan collar and delicate blue embroidery

  • Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

    To end the spectacular show, what was better than a star turn by Miss Moss herself, in a swan lake inspired mini dress

  • Valentino Spring/Summer 2012

    Valentino had an Edwardian-vibe about it this season, with pretty lace overlay dresses and intricate detailing

  • Valentino Spring/Summer 2012

    There was also a romantic shift in the collection, with graduated chiffon ruffling from the neck down and sorbet coloured seperates

  • Valentino Spring/Summer 2012

    The trademark red Valentino gown also got an update, with latticed evening gowns constructed from leathers and linens

  • Celine Spring/Summer 2012

    Phoebe Philo enjoyed yet another triumphant season at the french fashion house, with her clean minimalist designs for spring/summer

  • Celine Spring/Summer 2012

    Proving that colour blocking is far from over, Philo played with berry and moss colours to create eye-catching seperates

  • Celine Spring/Summer 2012

    In yet another nod to the peplum trend, waistlines were dropped to incorporate the flattering silhouette. Orange and red accents also lifted the entire collection