Top Ten Looks To Remember From Balmain to Prada

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In fashion, there’s something fresh about looking back instead of forward. The nostalgia of the essence of fashion through all of its stages makes us remember when Gianni exploded with his supermodel extravaganza or the Galliano glamour galore. Expecting the unexpected, designers made us dream and fantasize about the ideal woman and the beauty archetype: this evolution was fast, one outfit after another–these fashion moments will never been forgotten.

The Balmain woman is the type of girl who doesn’t need a compliment to feel fabulous and with the Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection, Christophe Decarnin made us remember that a pair of jeans could look chic paired with a pointy shoulder pad jacket. Decarnin created ultra luxurious casual wear with an exquisite french allure.

Giles Deacon changed the language of English fashion by winning the French ANDAM award. With his Spring 2010 collection, he introduced a new take on the aesthetic of Paris’ fashion week before showing in London. A spooky and childish look that combined all sorts of textures and prints (metallics, spiders, dinosaurs and tulle.) Daphne Guinness opened this collection which impacted the model and the casting industry, the woman who couldn’t model 5 seasons ago now starts the fashion weeks.  Giles whispered to us that he can perfectly blend a sophisticated look with charisma. Oh.. and the bags!

Freja Beha Erichsen in look 18 of the Spring 2010 Alexander Wang show: This look defined the future of the young designer with a relaxed Americana aesthetic that combines sportswear hybrids with luxurious fabrics that clash together in a sexy, feminine and exciting way. This collection was famous for the accessories and the beauty statement, propelling the ‘just-woke-up’ look back into the game.

Proenza Schouler‘s Spring 2010 collection was a successful launch for the young duo. A collection inspired by surfers, California and exotic reefs, the prints and silhouette of the outfits were an amazing take on mini-skirts and mini-dresses. It also was a redefinition of the codes of the house that include a bold mix of color, layers and new techniques. The Salamandra tee of look 20 became an instant Pièce de résistance. 

“Beautiful-Ugly,” a term that Miuccia Prada created and continues to this day when the Spring 2010 collection of Prada  made the head turns of younger consumers and fashion fanatics.  Yet another collection with a strong beauty statement and a fresh take on tailoring. The chandelier dresses and sunglasses were the highlights of the season.

Revisit your love for fashion with these 10 looks.

-Paris Amaro