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


Victoria Beckham Spring 2013

The one thing you can be sure of from a Victoria Beckham collection is clean lines, modern silhouettes, and of course her signature fitted dresses.

For Spring 2013 those signature dress were uber sexy with lighter fabrics, sheer yokes, lace inserts, dramatic cuts and bralets giving the dresses a lingerie-inspired feel.

Those of you saying her collections tend to be one-note will be delighted to see that VB introduced a mix of separates this season. Tailored blazers, A-line skirts, button-down blouses, cigarette pants, and miniskirts showed how the VB brand continues to evolve and grow. Plus it also proved that the designer listens to her customers and doesn’t just design for herself.

On a colour palette of black, white, nude and pops of bright orange, we also saw maxi dresses and sporty mini dresses with skater skirts and pleated hemlines, one of which Victoria wore when she took her bow.

This season we didn’t see as many bags, as VB showcased a selection of clutches with two chain-accented shoulder bags with studded details closing the show.

After working with many shoe designers in the past, VB teamed up with Manolo Blahnik on this occasion. They created sexy open-toe booties, some two-tone, flat lace-up sandals and two-tone brogues.

Although we didn’t see any red carpet gowns on this occasion, I’m sure there will be some off-runway pieces which will make it to the red carpet as well as many pieces from the runway.

Front Row: David Beckham, Maria Sharapova, Anna Wintour and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Mini dress with pleated skirt and nude fitted dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, Nieves Alvarez, Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Nina Dobrev, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Blunt, Allison Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Odette Annable, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles, Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham….of course



Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013

When seated at the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 show, I was delighted to see so many celebrity stylists in the front row, because when it comes to red-carpet dresses and gowns, Monique Lhuillier is their go-to woman.

Inspired by water and the life of the sea, this season Monique introduced modern digital prints to her pieces for a refreshing twist, with peplum details also adding to the edgier flare.

Before we got to the gowns, we saw ladylike sheath dresses, bodycon dresses, kimono-sleeve blouses, fitted pants, peplum tops, and fit-and-flare dresses.

And then the gowns… oooh the gowns… draped, strapless, one-shoulder, embellished, lace, tulle, chiffon, printed and long sleeved; there was a gown for every red carpet or evening occasion.

The last 10 gowns had me craning my neck to get a closer look, especially the show-stopping gold coral-embroidered sculpted gown which closed the show.

Models sported lacquered, loose hair with the MAC team using Monique’s aquatic inspiration to give the models bold-blue or teal eyeshadow.

Since Monique has mastered gowns, she debuted her shoe collection during this presentation.

Front Row: Brad Goreski, Odette Annable, Padma Lakshmi

Favourites: Teal wave print gown and ink one-shoulder gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, Elizabeth Banks, Nina Dobrev, Emmy Rossum, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristen Bell, Emma Stone, Eva Amurri, Leslie Bibb, Rose McGowan, Jennifer Aniston and Lily Collins