Dries Van Noten Spring 2013: Parisian Powerhouse.

(Pssst...have you entered our giveaway to win a beautiful handmade necklace from Astrid Endeavor?!) You hear it every fashion 'month' from all the editors and trend spotters and just those who are passionate about this silly little fashion world.  'Well, you don't actually know what is happening until you get to Paris.'  No disrespect to New York, London and Milan in between (or maybe just a bit) but it's true.  Paris calls the shots.  Think you've seen a major trend happening?  Not unless Paris says so.

Dries Van Noten's Spring 2013 collection helped to solidify the French capital as the CEO as it were of the Fashion Week hierarchy.  As though saying, 'if you all won't stop going on about grunge then we are going to show you how to do it...the Parisian way'.  Schooled.  It was all about playing with traditional thoughts of what SHOULD be while maintaining effortless beauty.

Where heavy plaids should have been, sheer ones were placed.  No shape was extremely feminine nor masculine.  Pajamas and kimonos were used as a compliment to evening wear.  Intense appliques balanced what looked like the shirt you threw on because it's what you found on the floor when you were running out the door.  Pulled together but a total mess.  Perfectly Parisian.

(All images c/o Style.com)