March 06, 2011 Paris
First up: a simple crew-neck sweater paneled with snakeskin and low-slung, pleated, full-leg pants in a snakeskin print. It was followed in short order by a python mac, a snakeskin intarsia sweater dress, a snakeskin print shirtdress, and well, you get the picture. The patchworks of python print in different colors had a graphic impact on the runway, but their chances off of it are slim compared to the round-toe, stack-heel pumps in the real thing. In the end, it's simply a material best applied in small doses. But, like we said, liberal was the order of the day: That two-tone tracksuit was all leather.
A yellow silk button-down, paired with high-waisted, cropped, and flared faded blue jeans, stood out. You could see someone in that outfit strolling out into the Tuileries sunshine and driving the thronging street-style photographers wild. Beautiful color; a bold, yet uncomplicated shape. Sometimes that's all it takes to cast a fashion spell.