My favorite trends seen on the Paris runways for Spring 2011 are minimalism, and androgynous styles a la Balenciaga. It is obvious that Nicolas Ghesquiere was very diligent in choosing models that represented the aesthetic he hoped to achieve. He opened the show with models all dawning short, boyish pixie cuts to compliment the menswear inspired pieces he put down the runway. Style.com described the line as "teddy boy-meets-punk masculinity". I was also captivated by the large, plasticized houndstooth graphics, which are not characteristic of a spring line. It was thrilling to see a full range of flats and boots down the runway, especially those reminiscent of Doc Martins.
My second favorite line was the Lanvin Spring 2011, where designer Alber Elbaz employs an aesthetic of minimalism. He uses colors such as charcoal, browns, greens, nudes, and muted blues, however added pops of bright jewel tones mid-show. You also saw long, ankle-length hems which seem to be big this season. Elbaz made this minimalistic approach work for him through sleek tailoring, mixing textures, hard, edgy metallic accessories, and tiny pleats which addes dimension and flow to the fabrics a la Fortuny.