Videos: Paris Fashion Week – Giambattista Valli, Dior and Chanel

With models sporting high quiffs, the Giambattista Valli spring 2009 fashion show at Paris Fashion Week was one for the pretty dress purists. Sexy figure numbers were sent down that would have looked stunning on perennial Valli fan, Victoria Beckham, but it was the fifties style dresses that caught my eye. Complete with teacup circle skirts with pretty petticoats peeking through at time, they had me reminiscing about a childhood past time where I would spin and spin and spin in my fullest dresses.

But it was the final five dresses that had the fashion world talking, the floaty ethereal numbers were inspired by clouds, floating gracefully and peacefully in the sky. No doubt some stylish women will have eyed them off as potential wedding dresses.

John Galliano was at his best with Dior’s spring 2009 collection, bringing the fun into spring with bright colours for day wear and cocktail dresses, before the more subdued colours came in to play for sexy and sensual evening wear. But of course the talk on everyones lips was the hair pieces by Orlando Pita which took 3 days to create.

Then of course what Paris Fashion Week is complete without a stunning Chanel show? This time Karl Lagerfeld choice a backdrop of the fashion house’s 31 Rue Cambon flagship store. Reportedly inspired by a portrait of Marie Laurencin, a painter who had painted a portrait of Coco Chanel in the 1920s, the collection was full of tweaks and twists on the Chanel classics, tweed, camellias and pretty cocktail dresses. To complete the 31 Rue Cambon theme, the must have bags from the collection was not the side-ways 2.55 bags, but the leather replicas of the Chanel carrier bag. Inscribed with 31 Rue Cambon, Vogue Australia’s Editor in Chief, Kristie Clements was lusting after one as she chatted briefly to If a leather version of a carrier bag is not your thing, you can always lust after the Chanel guitar or the myriad of cute cropped jackets.

Which were your favourite Paris spring summer 2009 shows?