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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Balenciaga – The seats may have collapsed before the show and the guests may have had to stand, but once the collection hit the runway it didn’t seem to matter. Nicolas Ghesquiére (Creative Director) sent out unusual shapes with a new silhouette. Couture techniques and denim pants. What more could you want?

Balenciaga

Haider Ackermann – The new kid on the block proved at his show this season that he knows how to rock a colour palette. Every colour in the rainbow and beyond were present as the models moved slowly and swiftly down the runway. I have big hopes for this designer….very big hopes.

Haider Ackermann

Chanel – For Fall we were among the rocks and soils as models floated down the graveled runway in a colour palette consisting of mostly grey and black. This season we dug even deeper through the rock and soil, reaching the magical mystery of underwater. Karl Lagerfeld created contrast with a colour palette of white and cream compared to last seasons grey and black. A light and refreshing collection for Spring. To top it all off, Florence Welch appeared out of a sea pearl to debut her new song.

Chanel

Alexander McQueen – A lot of pressure was on Sarah Burton this season. It is the collection after the Royal Wedding dress. Did she impress? Oh yes indeed! Burton, like Chanel, had an underwater vibe to it. The range of sea creatures expanded as more and more shapes started to appear. Bravo Sarah, you have done it right again.

Alexander McQueen

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs always has a way to shock the crowd. As guests took their seats facing the plain white runway, the center lifted up to reveal a caraousel with each model on white wooden horses. The crowds reaction set the exciting atmosphere.  A collection of pastels, peplums,feathers, and the amazing Kate Moss made it’s way around the rotating carousel. What will Marc do next?

Louis Vuitton

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Couture Report Fall/Winter 2011


Chanel – Karl Lagerfeld brought us back to the forties with tightened waists and exaggerated hips all in classic Chanel fabrics. It felt like a couture show.

Chanel

Valentino – Velvet, silk and sheer where just some of the many fabrics used in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s (design duo of Valentino) show. It felt very light and delicate, but at the same time it had a winter feel to it. Perfect for the Valentino customer.

Valentino

Givenchy – White white and more white. Riccardo Tisci opted for light color and light fabrics for this couture collection. The top half of the garment was the detailed and delicate part using feathers and pearls to create a dramtic piece. The bottom half was light, airy and sheer. Beautiful, but I want to see something a little different next year.

Givenchy

Armani Privé – Does he ever get it wrong? This season, Giorgio Armani dedicated his collection to Japan. Using floral prints, vibrantly coloured sequins and hats by Philip Treacy, the whole collection tipped off perfect and pristine…..as usual.

Armani Privé

Jean Paul Gaultier – These days people take couture too seriously. Apart from Jean Paul Gaultier of course. Fun, glamorous and crazy. They are three perfect words to describe JPG’s couture collection. It’s always nice to put the madness back into fashion.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Giambattista Valli – I was wondering how Mr. Valli would carry off his first ever couture collection. There was absolutely no disappointment with dresses flowing right down the runway in lipstick red, leopard print and  floral prints added to red carpet ready dresses. Bravo Valli!

Giambattista Valli

Azzedine Alaia – With an EIGHT year break, Azzedine Alaia has come back to couture bigger and better. The collection was nothing but perfect with fitted wool coats and jackets and trimmed mohair dresses. That expalins wht the crowd gave the design genius a standing ovation. He deserved it.

Azzedine Alaia

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Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Campaign


A preview of the Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 campaign styled by former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld.

The campaign

The Campaign

The campaign

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Chanel Resort 2012


Monday (May 9th) marked the Chanel Resort (pre-spring) 2012 fashion show in Antibes on the French Riviera. Starting with Abbey Lee Kershaw in pastel yellow, the collection reminded me of what Chanel is all about……..classic.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the classic side of Chanel making it for a cool modern girl, giving a new twist to the brand. The first hint came when an illustration of Coco Chanel herself was on the invitation

The Invitation

For this show all the old Chanel models like Kristen McMenamy and Stella Tennant came back to strut down a rather long runway, fitting in with the classic idea for the show. Not only did this collection dip into the history of Chanel models, it also dipped into the future. When it came to the end of the show the big question was who will close? Saskia De Brauw was put to the job. Not only has she Modeled for Chanel, but she was also on the front Cover of Carine Roitfeld’s last Vogue Paris issue. Remember her name!

Saskia De Brauw

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The Met Ball


Last Night the fashion crowd glitzed and glamoured themselves for one of the most important events in the fashion calender, The Met Ball. With a preview of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition and a performance from Florence and the Machine, it seems like the night added up to its expectations. Here are some of the photos.

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

Stella McCartney in her own design with Alasdhair Willis

Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen

Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture with her Daughter Bee Shaffer in Balenciaga

Tom Brady with Gisele Bündchen in Alexander McQueen

Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Anna Dello Russo in Alexander McQueen

Blake Lively in Chanel Haute Couture with Karl Lagerfeld in Tom Ford

Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent with Stefano Pilati

My best dressed award has to go to Vogue’s west coast editor Hamish Bowels, who arrived in Alexander McQueen’s signature tartan print. It even matched the invitation!

Hamish Bowels in Alexander McQueen

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