The Best Of Paris Fashion Week

From pastels at Louis Vuitton to futurism at Balenciaga -- the best of Paris Fashion Week.

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The best looks from Paris Fashion Week's Spring 2012 collections.
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LOUIS VUITTON SPRING 2012: If rumors are to believed, this will be Marc Jacobs' last season as Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton before he heads over to Christian Dior.
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LOUIS VUITTON SPRING 2012: The show was certainly a spectacle -- a giant carousel was erected as the backdrop and Kate Moss closed the show. The clothes were also noteworthy, including sherbert colored suits and organza dresses.
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ROCHAS SPRING 2012: Marco Zanini's Hitchcock heroines reference point played out thoughtfully through this collection.
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ROCHAS SPRING 2012: Most of the clothes referenced the 1950s and many of the looks were styled with organza kerchiefs as headpieces and cat-eye sunglasses.
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BALMAIN SPRING 2012: This season marked 25-year-old designer Olivier Rousteing's debut at the label as creative director.
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BALMAIN SPRING 2012: Rousteing stayed in the same rock and roll vein as his predecessor, producing skintight pants, elaborately embroidered bandage dresses and toreador inspired jackets.
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NINA RICCI SPRING 2012: Nina Ricci Creative Director Peter Copping's named this collection Zina in tribute to Zina de Plagny who collaborated with Nina Ricci on prints in the 1930s.
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NINA RICCI SPRING 2012: The result included 1950s silhouttes and pretty florals and pastels.
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CHRISTIAN DIOR SPRING 2012: With a successor to John Galliano yet to be named, Galliano's former right hand Bill Gaytten took a bow for the second time at Dior (the first was during the couture shows in July).
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CHRISTIAN DIOR SPRING 2012: This ready-to-wear collection -- full of pretty gazar dresses and a range of Art Deco gowns -- is all about pleasing Dior's most loyal clients.
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GIVENCHY SPRING 2012: One of the highlights of Paris Fashion Week, Riccardo Tisci took a step forward with this collection focusing on pitch perfect tailoring.
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GIVENCHY SPRING 2012: Of course the show's model casting didn't hurt when it came to selling the clothes to the editors and buyers in attendance at the show -- everyone from Gisele Bundchen to Natalia Vodianova walked.
MIU MIU SPRING 2012: Miuccia Prada designed the Miu Miu collection in the 13 days following the presentation of Prada in Milan -- though the result was much more hard edged.
MIU MIU SPRING 2012: The collection is comprised of patchwork skirts, lace tent dresses and the Miu Miu interpretation of the cowboy boot.
STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING 2012: Sportswear influences like mesh throughout gave a fun punch to the show.
STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING 2012: Colors in the collection included red, gray, cobalt blue and lots of white.
VALENTINO SPRING 2012: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo stuck to what they do best at Valentino -- lace, embroidery and girly dresses aplenty.
VALENTINO SPRING 2012: The designers paired many of the dresses in the collection with flat lace espadrilles (no doubt already being knocked-off).
YVES SAINT LAURENT SPRING 2012: Another Yves Saint Laurent collection, and another round of rumors that Creative Director Stefano Pilati is on the outs. The latest speculation surrounds Raf Simons as his replacement.
YVES SAINT LAURENT SPRING 2012: The collection was muted and restrained with the exception of the playful shoes -- loafers with metal accents that come in colors like hot pink and mint.
ISABEL MARANT SPRING 2012: Isabel Marant is known for thinking about the kind of clothes that women actually want to wear -- and for Spring that means tie-dyed jeans, motorcycle jackets and hoodies.
ISABEL MARANT SPRING 2012: Its not hard to decipher from the collection that sportswear, in particular Football jerseys, were a major influence for Marant this season.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER SPRING 2012: This was a classic Gaultier collection, including trademarks of the designer like trenches and pinstripes. There were a few surprises along the way like this neon gown.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER SPRING 2012: Tatoo-print body stockings and lingerie detailing gave the show some edge.
JOHN GALLIANO SPRING 2012: Bill Gaytten, along with temporarily being at the helm of Christian Dior, is now Creative Director of John Galliano -- a role he is clearly more comfortable in.
JOHN GALLIANO SPRING 2012: Gaytten stuck to Galliano trademarks like bias cut gowns and transparency with this collection.
LANVIN SPRING 2012: Alber Elbaz's latest Lanvin collection is all about short dresses and strong shoulders.
LANVIN SPRING 2012: And while color is all over the runways Elbaz stuck predominantly with black, white and metallics.
BALENCIAGA SPRING 2012: Nicolas Ghesquiere fused couture techniques and fabrics with futuristic shapes with this collection.
BALENCIAGA SPRING 2012: The patchwork dresses that closed the show, made using archival prints from the house, were standouts.
CELINE SPRING 2012: This season Phoebe Philo didn't stray from what has made her a star at Celine --modern minimalism.
CELINE SPRING 2012: Philo in particular focused on architectural shapes.
CHLOE SPRING 2012: Chloe ushered in a new Creative Director this season, Clare Waight Keller, who had formerly been at Pringle of Scotland.
CHLOE SPRING 2012: The clothes, including pleated skirts and A-line dresses, played it safe.
DRIES VAN NOTEN SPRING 2012: Dries Van Noten collaborated with artist James Reeve on this season's night-scape prints scattered throughout the show.
DRIES VAN NOTEN SPRING 2012: Van Noten also referenced Balenciaga's archives from the 1950s and 1960s.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI SPRING 2012: With Giambattista Valli's first couture collection newly under his belt, it's no surprise that the designer referenced couture craftsmanship in his ready-to-wear collection.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI SPRING 2012: Standouts in the collection include a marabou-trimmed cape and a sleeveless brocade jumpsuit.
HAIDER ACKERMANN SPRING 2012: Ackermann played with menswear silhouettes with this collection, right down the shoes -- backless oxford slippers.
HAIDER ACKERMANN SPRING 2012: Layering was also a dominant theme throughout the collection.
HERMES SPRING 2012: This is Christophe Lemaire's second season at the iconic French house.
HERMES SPRING 2012: This season it was all about minimalism and colors like orange and cobalt blue.
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CHANEL SPRING 2012: This season Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an underwater kingdom with Florence Welch rising out of a half shell to sing "What the Water Gave Me."
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CHANEL SPRING 2012: The collection includes boxy tweed suits and cocktail frocks with organza detailing made to look like seaweed.
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SPRING 2012: Sarah Burton is yet another designer citing the ocean as inspiration this season.
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SPRING 2012: That influence was much more subtle in this collection than in others and it was the incredible handwork that stood out like a Fortuny pleated organza dress woven with copper, silver and gold.
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ELIE SAAB SPRING 2012: Elie Saab named his Spring 2012 collection "Color Shock."
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ELIE SAAB SPRING 2012: While a group of neutral and pastel dresses opened the show, it soon transitioned into colors like emerald, plum and pumpkin. As usual, Saab didn't disappoint when it came to red carpet options.
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