The Best of Paris Fashion Week: Stefano Pilati’s YSL Farewell, Louis Vuitton’s Train, More

From Stefano Pilati's final collection at Yves Saint Laurent to Louis Vuitton's custom train ride, here's a look at the best from Paris fashion week.

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Models on the runway at Sonia Rykiel's Fall 2012 collection in Paris.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FALL 2012: Alexander McQueen's successor, Sarah Burton, said she had optimism in mind with this collection -- in other words, she was stepping away from McQueen's dark aesthetic.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FALL 2012: The show was mostly white with a finale of red and black looks. Details included decoration embedded in the fabric and materials like goat fur, Mongolian lamb and ostrich feathers.
ANTHONY VACCARELLO FALL 2012: This Belgian newcomer is one of the hottest rising star designers to come out of Paris in recent years. This collection was all about tailoring.
ANTHONY VACCARELLO FALL 2012: Suits were a dominant theme on the runway. Eveningwear took its cues from 1950s lingerie shapes.
BALENCIAGA FALL 2012: Nicolas Ghesquière experimented with new silhouettes this season including sculptural padded sweaters and coats with exaggerated shoulders.
BALENCIAGA FALL 2012: There were sporty references like jumpsuits made from a hi-tech parachute material. The sweatshirts with slogans like "JOIN A WEIRD TRIP" are sure to be "It" items come fall.
BALMAIN FALL 2012: This was Olivier Rousteing's second runway outing at Balmain and it is clear he is coming into his own. The silhouettes under Rousteing's reign have relaxed.
BALMAIN FALL 2012: This leather sweatshirt embellished with needlepoint cameo was one of the hits of the collection.
CELINE: Because Celine designer Phoebe Philo is pregnant, she decided to hold an intimate presentation this season (only 50 guests were invited).
CELINE: The coats were the stand-outs in the collection, including this color-block coat.
CHANEL FALL 2012: It was all about the new three-piece suit this season at Chanel -- a jacket, skirt and pants (also a theme in Marc Jacobs' show).
CHANEL FALL 2012: The real star of the show was three-year-old Hudson Kroenig (son of Lagerfeld muse Brad Kroenig) who made his second Chanel runway appearance this season, while holding the hand of model Heidi Mount.
CHLOE FALL 2012: This was Clare Waight Keller's second runway outing at Chloe. The stars of the show were the sporty outwear pieces, like this peach coat.
CHLOE FALL 2012: These red knit sweatpants paired with a lace blouse sum up Waight Keller's easygoing take on luxury.
CHRISTIAN DIOR FALL 2012: Speculation as to what is going to happen at Dior has overshadowed what is happening on the runway for several seasons now (the latest rumor is that Marc Jacobs is again in the running to take over as Creative Director of the house).
CHRISTIAN DIOR FALL 2012: Bill Gaytten, who has temporarily taken over as Creative Director, sent out a softer silhouette this season. Critics were less than impressed, feeling the collection simply went through the motions.
DRIES VAN NOTEN FALL 2012: Dries van Noten was yet another designer to look to Asia for inspiration this season.
DRIES VAN NOTEN FALL 2012: Van Noten's take was perhaps the most thoughtful, though. Think kimono silk and military looks.
JOHN GALLIANO FALL 2012: Bill Gaytten, besides working at Christian Dior, has also taken the helm of John Galliano.
JOHN GALLIANO FALL 2012: It's a role that he is clearly more comfortable in. Gaytten combined equestrian looks and Art Nouveau references.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI FALL 2012: Giambattista Valli took a graphic turn this season. A stand-out was this white shearling-trimmed coat.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI FALL 2012: The designer has been a hit on the red carpet as of late. This black and red chiffon gown is definitely in the running for a red carpet jaunt.
GIVENCHY FALL 2012: Full-on leather looks are a dominant trend to come out of the fall 2012 collections. Black leather was in full force on the Givenchy runway.
GIVENCHY FALL 2012: There were also delicate lingerie-inspired looks.
HERMES FALL 2012: This latest collection from Christophe Lemaire was all about modern luxury travel.
HERMES FALL 2012: It included baggy leather pants, oversized coats and cashmere tee-shirts.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FALL 2012: Jean Paul Gauliter may be an iconic French designer, but he said he was inspired by New Yorkers this season.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FALL 2012: There were 1980s-style graffiti prints in the collection, along with re-worked classics like the trench coat.
LANVIN FALL 2012: Celebrating his 10th anniversary at the helm of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz sent out peplum tops, bedazzled dresses and floral prints.
LANVIN FALL 2012: There was a playfulness to the collection, and much more color on the runway in comparison to what other designers were showing this season.
ISABEL MARANT FALL 2012: Isabel Marant's latest collection had a frontier theme.
ISABEL MARANT FALL 2012: It included Navajo knits, lace tops and frilly mini skirts.
STELLA MCCARTNEY FALL 2012: Stella McCartney's latest collection included graphic botanical embroidery, sporty knits, and plenty of polished easy pieces that have made the designer a favorite.
STELLA MCCARTNEY FALL 2012: The designer is really on a roll. Her resort 2012 collection of Hawaiian-inspired prints set the trend for this spring, and she is designing the British teams uniforms for the Olympics (now that's one lucky team).
MIU MIU FALL 2012: Miuccia Prada said the big message from her fall 2012 show was the pantsuit -- her version included oversized men's jackets.
MIU MIU FALL 2012: Of course, it is accessories that get Miu Miu's customers really excited. The shoe this season was a low, stacked-heel loafer.
NINA RICCI FALL 2012: Peter Coppings played with proportions and lingerie influences this season at Nina Ricci.
NINA RICCI FALL 2012: The collection had a do-it-yourself feeling -- slip dresses were patched together with lace, for instance. Chiffon skirts had a tattered, worn feel to them.
ROCHAS FALL 2012: Rochas designer Marco Zanini said he was inspired by Swedish ceramicist Wilhelm Kage this season.
ROCHAS FALL 2012: Patterns had a 1970s vibe, but the silhouettes had a distinct couture feel to them.
SONIA RYKIEL FALL 2012: In the show notes, Sonia Rykiel said that she aiming to create classics with an "offbeat twist."
SONIA RYKIEL FALL 2012: The cheeky fun factor usually present at Sonia Rykiel's shows was gone, and in its place were some serious clothes. Luckily, the models still looked like they were having quite a lot of fun on the runway.
ELIE SAAB FALL 2012: Elie Saab could not have been more ubiquitous on the red carpet this awards season, though his Fall 2012 collection felt edgier than his past romantic gowns.
ELIE SAAB FALL 2012: There weren't many red carpet options in this collection (this gown being an exception), which overall had a darker feel. Luckily for Hollywood stylists, there is still his couture collection to pull from.
VALENTINO FALL 2012: Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli said they were inspired by folk costumes this season.
VALENTINO FALL 2012: The ankle length hems gave the collection a demure feeling.
LOUIS VUITTON FALL 2012: The proportions of this collection (and of course the hats) had many similarities to the collection that Marc Jacobs put out for his namesake line several weeks ago in New York.
LOUIS VUITTON FALL 2012: The show's set, a steam engine, which the models de-boarded, was the talk of the show, along with the sumptuous layered looks.
YVES SAINT LAURENT FALL 2012: This collection was Stefano Pilati's last for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Heidi Slimane is set to take over, beginning with the label's next resort collection.
YVES SAINT LAURENT FALL 2012: it was a dark good-bye for the designer -- chock full of leather, chain mail and rubber.
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