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Well it’s time to begin sharing my favorites from the spring runways.  I have been thinking about them for the last 4 months since I first saw them on www.style.com.  I will begin with my top 3 (as they have been for the last few seasons).  Celine, Chloe, and Stella McCartney were all shown at Paris fashion week, and as I have mentioned previously,  they have a connective thread that runs between them that makes why I like them very clear.  Here it is in a nutshell.  Stella McCartney once was at the helm of Chloe before launching her namesake label.  Phoebe Philo took over at Chloe after McCartney left, with Hannah MacGibbon working along her side (I think she was at Chloe with Stella as well).  Philo left Chloe and a new short-lived designer was chosen.  Hannah MacGibbon stepped up after an unsuccessful season and instantly shined as the head of Chloe.  Phoebe Philo reappeared about a year later at another french house, Celine.  I liked what I saw there instantly and was drooling over Chloe as well, all while Stella was putting out some of the prettiest and most modern fashions around.  What did they give us for spring 2011?… 
 
Celine:
-modern-cut pieces like jumpsuits
-wide-legged pants, slightly slouchy
-leather tops and skirts; leather has been a constant for Philo from one collection to another
-classic pieces like button-up shirts modernized and simplified
-relaxed luxury
 
Chloe:
-clean, minimalistic looks, as seen in many collections
-ballet-inspired dresses and separates; one-shoulder, pleating, sheer, etc.
-ballet flats and sandals;  flats are the shoe for day and evening this spring
-head-to-toe white
-barely there color, a MacGibbon staple; mauves, beige, etc.
 
Stella McCartney:
-Stella staples like the perfect blazer, amazingly tailored pant and shorts
-subtle colors like mauvey tones, and white
-fun prints like a bold grapefruit one;  I am saving those looks for another post
-jumpsuits for evening
-pretty pleated dresses
 
The Man of Style spring must-haves: (as seen in these 3 shows)
-all-white and neutral looks with a colorful shoe (red, yellow, etc.)
-unfussy and minimal looks; a simple top paired with a well-tailored pant or skirt or a simple dress
-wide-legged pants and trouser jeans;  well-fitting for work and evening and slightly slouchy for day;  this style makes you look long and lean;  keep wearing your skinny pants too!
-flat sandals and ballet flats;  this is where you can add your personality to the more minimal look I recommend
-colorful prints in a modern silhouette;  there was a lot of color for spring too so don’t feel like you can’t wear it

Celine

Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Celine
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Chloe
Natalie Portman photographed by Peter Lindbergh

 It is quite the coincidence that such a beautifully dark film like Black Swan came out just after a season of fashion debuted with a heavy ballet influence.  Portman looked lovely in ballet-inspired dresses in the January issue of Vogue.  She is shown here wearing the Chloe dress seen below.

Chloe
Chloe
Chloe

 I would be very happy to see Natalie Portman in a version of one of the dresses above at the upcoming Oscars, altered of course to fit her impending baby.  I wish more celebrities would wear fashion on the red carpet in the appropriate season.  We already saw some pre-fall 2011 at the Golden Globes…I don’t like that!

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
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