French Kiss: Sophie Theallet

Everything is better in France. I'm pretty sure simply getting on a plane to Paris causes one to drop ten pounds, grow thicker hair and speak in a soft, lilting lullabye. So it's no surprise that fashion design seems to come easy to the French. Chanel, Lacroix, Givenchy, YSL, Louboutin, Rykiel, Dior — ever heard of 'em?

I'm not lucky enough to attend any of those fashion shows in the coming weeks, but I will be checking out the collection of Sophie Theallet, a semi-well-known designer from the southwest coast of France who used to work for Jean-Paul Gaultier.

I've been researching her past collections and stumbled across some lovely Spring 2010 looks. Just about everything is cinched at the waist with loose skirts and creative necklines. And such a pretty palette of mauves, golds and blues! Here are my faves:

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