Jenny Packham Spring 2013

Even prior to the royal seal of approval from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jenny Packham has always been the go-to designer for glamorous gowns.

Her Spring 2013 collection on a colour palette of mostly dove grey, yellow and orange was her most bedazzling yet.

Inspired by the Las Vegas high rollers, Hollywood actors and free-spending gamblers of the 60s the designer focused on every type of embellishment from crystals to sequins and oversized paillettes.

They adorned mini dresses, maxi dresses and the red-carpet-ready glamorous gowns.

It wasn’t all about the bling. A few looks (five out of forty two) took to the runway sans embellishments.

I love the ink-splash dresses and the simple draped dresses which I can see snapped up by the Duchess.

PVC clutches also got the bedazzled treatment with shimmery Christian Louboutin heels, statement earrings and jewelled necklaces accessorizing the looks.

Front Row: Minka Kelly, Lauren Conrad, Jordana Brewster

Favourites: Gold sleeveless gown and ink-print peplum cocktail dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Christina Ricci, Angelina Jolie, Nina Dobrev, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Dita von Teese, Carrie Underwood, Mandy Moore, Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Elisabeth Moss, Reese Witherspoon, Cat Deeley, Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively



Marc Jacobs Spring 2013

Marc Jacobs’s Spring 2013 collection presented boldly striped fabrics which were used on just about everything from separates to dresses in a variety of lengths and styles.

I loved the ruffled collar pieces which gave a quirky touch to this 60s-inspired collection.

Other details included scalloped edges and peplum details in this surprisingly wearable collection which features low-slung skirts, cropped jackets, T-shirts, ladylike coats, pencil skirts and A-line skirts.
As the collection moved on – at a very fast pace – the stripe prints progressed into psychedelic geometric prints, which is what I called the red-carpet portion of the presentation.

I would love to see Tilda Swinton wearing that black-and-white striped beaded jumpsuit and I think Rose Byrne would look equally comfortable in the final look: a T-shirt-style dress with chiffon inserts in the skirt.

The pale-face trend continues at Marc Jacobs, with the model’s hair side-parted into messy ponytails.
Key accessories included pointy bags and a selection of bags and totes, some of which incorporated stripes.

The presentation ended with all the models taking to the runway to the welcome of flash bulbs popping at the speed of light. This was the moment my camera battery sadly decided to die, leaving me without the money shot.

Front Row: Rose Byrne, Alexa Chung, Ricky Martin, Karen Elson, Kristen Wiig, and Hailee Steinfeld

Favourites: Striped jumpsuit and striped maxi dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Datoka Fanning, Elle Fanning, Chloe Sevigny, Elizabeth Olsen, Carey Mulligan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Tilda Swinton, Lizzy Chaplan and Rose Byrne



Alice + Olivia Spring 2013

Stacey Bendet was inspired by the uplifting American optimism of the late 1950s for her Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 collection.

With the brand’s signature flirty flair, the clothes took shape in full-skirt silhouettes, corsets, bustiers and sexy cropped pants, with plenty of party dresses also featuring in this bold and sexy collection.

Feminine fit-and-flare dresses, pedal pushers, crop tops, a beautiful tiered maxi dress, cropped jackets, macs and shorts in shades of sky blue, pink, coral, bright orange, mint green, lavender and peach filled the room at the designer’s Meatpacking District studio.

Colour-blocking stood out, as did the punchy polka dots and the colourful stripes.

Red-carpet-wise, celebs have plenty to choose from as Stacey presented a selection of maxi dresses and gowns ranging from colour-block chiffon halter gowns, a gorgeous white peplum gown with a black lace overlay, a colourful maxi shirt dress and a lightly beaded beige gown.

For Spring 2013, Alice + Olivia launched a handbag collection with three styles: the classic ‘Olivia’ bag, the ‘D’ bag for women on the go, and the ‘See’ bag for everyday use.

Other key accessories included lace-up pointed-toe booties, pointed-toe pumps, ankle-strap sandals and cat-eye sunglasses.

Celebrity Attendance: Louise Roe, Holland Roden, Jamie Chung, Lauren Conrad, Natasha Bedingfield, Tinsley Mortimer, Angela Simmons and Elizabeth Moss

Favourites: Splash paint dress with tulip skirt and striped strapless dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Holland Roden, Sami Gayle, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Sophia Bush, LeAnn Rimes, Tinsley Mortimer, Louise Roe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jordin Sparks, Nicky Hilton, Odette Annable, Jamie Chung and Abigil Breslin


Reem Acra Spring 2013

Reem Acra’s Spring 2013 was inspired by Aaron Young’s iconic motorcycle art to create a sophisticated collection of modern feminine pieces which were a beautiful mix of sexy and sweet.

Sexy dresses and gowns with daring illusion panels will no doubt delight the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Fergie.
The sweet ballgowns will no doubt be picked up by Lily Collins, Taylor Swift and other young starlets like Holland Roden and Nina Dobrev.

We also saw sharp, tailored looks in the form of tuxedo dresses, jumpsuits, a dress with a beaded illusion bodice, wide-leg pants, beaded tops, leather dresses with laser-cut details, and glamorous gowns that stylists will be scrambling over for awards season.

They ranged from a red gown with lace inserts to a breathtaking gown dripping in gold-embroidered embellishments.

Front Row: Paula Abdul

Favourites: Beaded cream-and-pink ombre gown and white gown with a stunning draped back

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jennifer Lopez, Holland Roden, Lily Collins, Taylor Swift, Amber Heard, LeAnn Rimes, Fergie, Rose McGowan, Odette Annable and Selena Gomez


Donna Karan Spring 2013

One can always rely on Donna Karan to produce a beautiful collection that women really want to wear, and her Spring 2013 collection was no exception.

The muted colour palette of pale gold, midnight blue and dove grey also featured a bright pop of coral and vibrant pinks.

Each loosely constructed piece had an effortless feel to it. I imagine you could simply throw a piece and it would fall perfectly into place.

We saw gathered skirts, wrap dresses, strapless dresses, plunging dresses, cropped jackets, long-sleeve tops and a selection of gorgeous gowns headed for a red carpet very soon.

Despite my love for bright colours, I loved the deep-blue gowns with the watercolour splash on the skirt.

Key accessories included perspex headbands, cuffs and armlets by Stephen Jones, along with totes and sexy strappy sandals in a many colours.

The models’ hair was swept up into whipsy updos and Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C. made the models’ eyes pop with fuchsia-pink eyeliner and mascara.

Front Row: Ashley Greene, Rachael Taylor, Bernadette Peters, Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons

Favourites: Deep-blue gown and ombre silk chiffon beaded gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Kate Beckinsale, Emmy Rossu, Bernadette Peters, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Amber Heard, Angeline Jolie, Diane Keaton, Martha Stewart



Zac Posen Spring 2013

Zac Posen managed to coax many supermodels out of retirement for his Spring 2013 show.

Considering how stunning this collection was, I’m not surprised they wanted to be a part of this show, which was opened by the most iconic catwalker of them all, Naomi Campbell.

The fashion crowd tried to play it cool, but we were all very excited at this supermodel sighting. She kick-started proceedings wearing a hibiscus-print chiffon day dress with Manolo Blahnik shoes and David Webb jewels.

40s glamour served as the inspiration for this divine red-carpet-ready collection, but it wasn’t all about the gowns.

I do love a good suit, so I was delighted to see a lemon suit with pleated lapels, impeccably tailored skirt suits and a jumpsuit paired with a blazer.

Pin-tucked blouses paired with a pencil skirt or wide-legged pants, and printed, corseted, draped, tulle day dresses served as the appetizers for the main event: the gowns.

From look 22 I was in heaven, as every type of gown imaginable, from a slim silhouette to ballgowns with frothy tulle skirts, was presented.

The biggest gasp of the night was, of course, provided by Coco Rocha.

No Zac Posen show is complete without the supermodel closing it, and she did so in style wearing a white jacquard organza tiered ballgown.

Models tend not to smile on the runway, but even Coco couldn’t stop beaming in this stunning gown which fulfils every girl’s princess fantasy.

Front Row: Leigh Lezark,Alina Cho, Laura Remington Platt, Martha Stewart and Alexa Chung

Favourites: White strapless ballgown and cream tulle cocktail dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Penelope Cruz, Christine Baranski, Dita von Teese, Jessica Chastain, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Kristen Wiig, Eva Amurri, Kyra Sedgwick, Amber Heard, Kerry Washington, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, Abbie Cornish, Elizabeth Banks, Iman, Minka Kelly, Camilla Belle, Charlize Theron, Marion Cotillard and Marcia Cross