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Looks from the Fall 2012 Kenzo show at Paris Fashion Week.
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It's official. We're completely OBSESSED with Kenzo. The love affair began with the newly revamped label's first Paris Fashion Week show last October, which featured Chloe Sevigny on the runway and Jason Schwartzman behind a drum kit. Our hearts swelled even more with the crazy colorful pre-fall presentation turned out to be our dream wardrobe. But the fall 2012 show—which took place in a space-age looking French university building with 50 models walking a runway that spanned four floors—catapulted us to beyond smitten with its bold mix of pattern, color, print (GRAPES!), accessories (WALNUTS!), and a front row cheer section that included Robyn and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Did we mention there were Magnolia Bakery cupcakes flown in from New York and placed on every seat? (#delicious) But, seriously, the clothes were even yummier.

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Kanye West, Cassie

Kanye West and Cassie sit front row at Givenchy's FW 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
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Givenchy has long been a beloved fashion house of celebrities, particularly musicians, for years, so it only makes sense that the hottest stars of the music scene turned up in droves for Riccardo Tisci's latest showing at Paris Fashion Week. The edgy luxury collection of sleek leathers and buttery silks in rich seasonal neutrals and punches of neon was watched by a front row glittering with music heavy-hitters. Tisci muse Kanye West posted up in a star-spangled white Givenchy sweater to watch the autumn womenswear collection's debut just a few days before his own Paris show tomorrow. Singer Cassie also attended the show, looking stunning as always in a large black fur draped over her shoulders and opulent hand (and nail!) jewelry. Cassie's mentor Diddy was also spotted front row, as well as the lovely Miss Alicia Keys.

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Mugler Fall 2012

Models walk the runway in creations by Japanese-Italian designer Nicola Formichetti and French designer Romain Kremer for Mugler during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show on Feb. 29 in Paris.
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Goodness, will you just give me a moment so I can offset spatula my molten face off the floor? Swooooons, guys. How good was the Muger show? Did you stream it on from their Facebook page like I've been haranguing you all week on Twitter to do? I hope so because it was kinda amazing. First of all, I loved that there was sound and you could tell it wasn't some weirdo dubbed version because you could hear people shifting around in their chairs. The energy of people getting ready always sucks you right into the voyeurism aspect which is great because who doesn't LOVE intimacy?

Having talked to creative director Nicola Formichetti earlier this week, we knew that the Mugler F/W 2012-2013 collection was inspired by "insects" because the musical director of the show Ryuichi Sakamoto told us so (more on the music later) but it's one of those things where "bugs" so often get translated into butterfly prints so I was delighted to see full-on, 3D, tough-looking exoskeleton bits, pointy shoulders, strong thorax, as well as the willowy, somber-faced, purposeful models marching in these massive, yet, delicate shoes at a clip that looked very much like albino ants fording a formica counter top. Glorious.
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Kanye West is confirmed to show at Paris Fashion Week.
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BIG NEWS. Kanye West is showing another collection at Paris Fashion Week! According to today's WWD, West will return to Paris to show his namesake collection, KANYE WEST (it's just his name, y'all, let us never, ever in a million light years evahhh make the mistake of calling it "Dw" again), at 9:30 p.m. on March 6. Even though it will not be on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, it will run on the sidelines of the shows. As you might remember from his Paris fashion debut last year, Yeezy was nervous and the fashion critics were harsh, but we're glad to see him pulling through to give it another go whatever the case. You might also be familiar with the fact—per his triumphant Twitter rant—that the KANYE WEST collection had no financial backing or PR as of a few months ago, so the future of his foray into fashion design remained uncertain.

But, ladies and gentlemen, the power of #DONDA has seen him through! KW is back and, hopefully, better than ever with his new creative conglomerate company crowdsourced and powered by anyone who might have emailed that Gmail address he tweeted on that fateful rant of a night. We're hoping he's put together a winning team of enthusiastic (and talented) peeps who will help make his dreams of being a real designer to contend with come true. We're also mega jazzed to see if there will be anymore sweater heels, jetpack fur bags, mixed silk trousers, and snarling dog jackets that may or may not have been slightly derivative of a certain Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt, but that's neither here nor there. We LOVE and BELIEVE in you, Kanye. Get up there and show Paris whatcha got!

{via WWD}

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Karl Lagerfeld Florence Welch Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld and Florence Welch at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 4.
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Ever since the unveiling of the Chanel spring 2012 collection at Paris Fashion Week two days ago, the MTV Style staff has been in full-tilt swoon about the majesty of the 'Enchantment Under the Sea'-dancesque theme of Karl Lagerfeld's show. I mean, the Kaiser fully unveiled Florence Welch in a frickin' clam shell on some Boticelli's Venus ish which just goes to show that Uncle Karl is the G.

There was flowing, iridescence GALORE with wee scintillating pearls gracing the faces of the girls to where they had labret piercings and Madonna piercings IN PEARL and it was SO Man Ray's 'Tears of Glass' EXCEPT that there were even shiny, dew-droppy SPINAL COLUMNS on the moddels which gets into space alien territory that rules. Seriously, watch this behind-the-scenes video and use a spatula to scrape your face off the floor because it hath molten into a puddle of ZOMG.
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Kanye West, Carine Roitfeld, and Ciara at the Irreverent Dinner hosted by Carine Roitfeld in Paris on Oct. 4.
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If you're going to say goodbye for eternity to the Paris Fashion Week spring 2012 collections, you might as well throw a vampire ball, right? Clearly Halloween isn't the only time of year to wear fake fangs and a black cape (couture, of course), especially when it's for a party being hosted by—and in honor of—former Paris Vogue editrix, Carine Roitfeld, the queen of vampy glam herself. Guests like Kanye West (fresh from his Paris Fashion Week debut) arrived in their noir-ish best, some even choosing to accessorize with mouth-blood for a chic yet spooky effect. Others, like Ciara in a TO-DIE Givenchy Haute Couture cape, chose to glamour guests into submission by looking ridiculously gorgeous.

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

Models sit on a carousel at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week show on Oct. 5.
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Leave it to Marc Jacobs to close Paris Fashion Week with a triumphant carousel fantasyland BANG of a show for Louis Vuitton that had everyone speculating even more about his rumored move to the house of Christian Dior. If there's anyone in fashion right now who puts on a SHOW (we're talking full-on theatrics, as also evidenced at New York Fashion Week), it's Mr. J, the reigning king of modern (yet still totally cool) luxury. His only peer in this department currently is Karl Lagerfeld, who also creates spectacular fashion week shows of the more classic luxury variety at Chanel. (Former Dior designer John Galliano would probably also be included in this category were he still at the helm of the label). But seriously, A GIANT WHITE CAROUSEL filled with models in the prettiest of pastel frocks? We think this grand gesture might have some meaning...

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Paris Fashion Week Hair

Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Tsumori Chisato at Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
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Today is officially the last day of Paris Fashion Week, which means we'll be spending these upcoming (dark) months (in mourning) getting all riled up for the next Fashion Week season. We'll attempt to incorporate as many Spring 2012 trends into our wardrobes immediately (like, say, bright lips, striped nails, and chocolate brown hair), and we'll be fantasizing about the most INSANE moments on the Paris runways. From double horns (double unicorns?) to sweater heels and seashell clutches, some of the looks said "HAYYY!" and others "NAYYY," but either way, we were undeniably inspired by the carnival of CRAY parading down le runway (yes, we meant every single one of those rhymes). Please allow us to break it all down for you, oui?

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Anna Dello Russo Kanye West

Anna Dello Russo at Alexander McQueen on Oct. 4, and a look from Dw by Kanye West on Oct. 1 at Paris Fashion Week.
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Well, that was fast! Just three days after Kanye West's debut show at Paris Fashion Week, Vogue Japan Editor At Large Anna Dello Russo turned up in one of Ye's ensembles STRAIGHT from the runway—and we mean head to toe. She's wearing a Dw by Kanye West plunging, fitted black dress, "Yeezi" gold nameplate necklace, and THOSE amazing white beaded stilettos. She also wore her hair down and stick straight directly over her chest (perhaps to cover any...slippage? What? Hair doubles as an accessory sometimes.), with minimal makeup and absolutely no other accessories. We kind of love this look on Anna (especially paired with our favorite shoes from the collection!) and find it quite ballsy that she wore this ensemble to an Alexander McQueen show.

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Alexa Chung and Jared Leto at the Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week show.
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As Paris Fashion Week draws to a triumphant close, we can't help but pull sad faces as we bid adieu to what has truly been a season of sophisticated shenanigans. Who can forget the recent emergence of a diamond gap-toothed Gaga or Kanye's Fashion Week debut? Sigh, we can't, and we don't want to. But if there's anything that can lift our spirits in these soon to be darkest of dark non-Fashion Week days, it's Alexa Chung and Jared Leto throwing down with insane, MATCHING front row style at not one but two Paris shows. Is it just us or is something going on here?

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