Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No. 21 Spring 2013 collection was feminine with a boyish edge.

We saw sheath dresses, wide-sleeved tops, shirts and dresses, double-slit skirts and wide-legged cropped pants, with clean lines in boxy, oversized shapes.

The colour palette was mostly black, white and blue with pops of red, purple and nude with a playful harlequin print featuring on pieces towards the end of the presentation.

For those who like to sparkle, Alessandro presented some glittery Swarovski crystal-embellished dresses for evening wear, with one dress embroidered with what appeared to be bottle caps.

Key accessories included zipper pouches and satin pumps.

Models sported hot red lips and centre-parted hair swept back off their shoulders.

Favourites: Black lace dress and blue tank top and white skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Rooney Mara and Liv Tyler

Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2013 show started with a mood video of crashing waves before the first model took to the runway with wet-looking hair, wearing an ivory-fringed long-sleeve dress with a light chiffon underlay.

It quickly became clear that Ms Ferretti had created a beautiful underwater world where she entranced us with more beautiful ivory beaded and fringed dresses. We then dived deeper into the collection were she unearthed some ocean-blue and marine-green delights including high-shine liquid gowns which looked like a mermaid had just emerged from the sea.

The highlights included a succession of stunning gowns draped with fishnet-like overlays shimmering with paillette embellishments, which looked like water drops, chiffon tops with trains fluttering down the runway plus dresses with intricate embroidered details that, on closer inspection, resembled sea anemones and coral reefs.

Among the red-carpet-worthy gowns we saw shorts, Chantilly lace-embroidered tops, cropped pants, blazers and a beautiful coat.

Key accessories included beautiful beaded drawstring bags, Alexis Bittar jewels and silk ankle-strap slingback heels.

Front Row: Anna Dello Russo, Alessia Marcuzzi and Franca Sozzani

Favourites: Nude gown with a net overlay and nude chiffon top with black lace embroidery paired with black shorts

Who I Would Want To See Wearing This Collection: Ariel from the ‘Little Mermaid’, Maria Sharapova, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Berenice Marlohe, Keira Knightley, Lea Michele, Olivia Wilde, Olga Kurylenko , Zhang Ziyi, Eva Longoria and Diane Kruger

Credit: Style.com

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After Gucci’s luxuriously dark-hued Fall 2012 collection, Frida Giannini lit the runway with a selection of bold tropical colours and vivid prints for Spring 2013.

Inspired by the works of Richard Avedon and Gian Paolo Barbieri’s historic photographs of their female icons, the show opened up with hot-pink dresses and pant suits, some with large ruffles and bell-shaped sleeves.

That wasn’t the last we saw of the ruffles as they decorated a majority of the looks.

On a colour palette of electric blue, ocean blue, aqua blue, grass green and citrus yellow, plus some sumptuous snakeskin prints, Giannini presented a tunic dress, shirt-jackets, silky pyjama-like printed tunics and pants, cocoon-shaped mini dresses, coats with bell-shaped sleeves and maxi dresses, both sleeveless and long-sleeved.

Some of the standout looks included choker necklaces which offset the equally opulent bejewelled earrings.

For the evening, the mood turned to black and white with more ruffles, open backs and plunging necklines.

Oh, how I can’t wait to see this collection on the red carpet – it was made for divas like JLo and those sexy white dresses would great on Kate Hudson.

Key accessories included patent leather ankle-strap sandals, oversized shades, chokers, earrings, cage sandals with ankles accented with the signature horse bit, booties and shoulder bags.

Front Row: Charlotte Casiraghi, Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Dasha Zhukova and Livia Firth

Favourites: Printed ruffle dress with choker necklace and white plunging gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: JLo, Zoe Saldana, Li Bingbing, Florence Welch, Padma Lakshmi, Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek, Camilla Belle, Eva Mendes, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, Gemma Arterton and Anne Hathaway

Credit: Style.com

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were inspired by Sicilian artwork for Fall 2012 as models took to the runway in cherub tapestry prints and baroque on sleek, sexy silhouettes.

The presentation started with models stepping out of a gold-leafed Baroque picture frame wearing black pieces adorned with gold lace, gold trims and/or gold embroidery before moving onto white frilly blouses, bloomers, skirts and dresses with plenty of frou frou.

The high-on-glamour, bejewelled presentation also served up ladylike Sunday best dresses, ruffled blouses, signature corsets, skirt suits, sheer dresses, cape dresses and pencil skirts plus a section of beautiful floral embroidered pieces.

Key accessories included the Miss Sicily bag in several guises, bejewelled headbands, plenty of gold jewelry, pearl accented bags, knee-high socks, statement necklaces, ankle boots, and wood carven heels in pastel blue and vanilla.

This collection will not only be a huge hit on the red carpet, but those cherub tapestry prints will no doubt appear in a lot of editorials.

Front Row: Monica Bellucci, Helen Mirren, Bianca Balti, Sonam Kapoor, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Alek Wek and Franca Sozzani

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Mila Kunis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Alba, Paloma Faith, Lily Allen, Thandie Newton, Rachel Weisz, Zooey Deschanel, Kylie Minogue, Fergie, Blake Lively, Minka Kelly, Eva Mendes, Andrea Riseborough, Monica Bellucci, Helen Mirren, Sonam Kapoor, Kristen Stewart, Dianna Agron and Kristin Davis

After seven years, Raf Simons presented his last collection for Jil Sander.

Those expecting an all-black send-off would’ve been surprised to see a surprisingly spring-like collection with pastel pinks making up the majority of the collection alongside ecru, black, red and navy.

The theme was everyday woman.

Models with barely-there makeup and their hair pulled back into a simple ponytail made their way around six floral arrangements on the runway, wearing pink, coral or beige pastel robe coats.

Under their coats, they wore lingerie-like dresses with delicately knitted tops and chiffon skirts.

Classically refined black dresses, which were in total contrast to the opening pastel shades, closed the show.

Raf’s send-off was very emotional. Anna Dello Russo and Anna Wintour led the standing ovation for the designer, who returned to the runway after taking his initial bow this time in floods of tears.

There was barely a dry eye in the house.

Key accessories included lust worthy tri-colour slingbacks, clutches and totes.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Tilda Swinton, Amber Heard, Cate Blanchett, Felicity Jones, Diane Kruger and Andrea Riseborough

Credit: Style.com & close ups belong to RCFA

The start of the Versace Fall 2012 presentation had a very gothic feel as it opened with black, black and more black looks on models with barely-there eyebrows and blunt cut bangs which made me instantly think of one person: Rooney Mara.

Byzantine cross embroidery adorned most of the pieces which included velvet coats, halter dresses, strapless dresses, turtlenecks and leather-panelled pencil skirts.

Peplums accented the models’ hips much like they did in the Atelier Versace Spring 2012 presentation. These seductive pieces were presented alongside leather fitted dresses with studded details and corsets paired with pencil skirts.

From the dark and mysterious we moved onto colourful mini dresses emblazoned with the Versace logo in bold, graphic lettering. Some may call these pieces tacky, but they were a fun addition to a collection steeped in the spirit of Versace.

The mood instantly changed the second the evening wear was presented.

Jennifer Lopez, Amber Heard and Beyonce Knowles will be fighting over the jaw-dropping chain-linked silver-disc gown which says “Hello bombshell,” whilst Blake Lively and Elizabeth Banks will love the shorter, edgier dresses with cut-out details.

The exciting thing about the presentation is that these pieces have a place on every red carpet from the Grammys, to the Oscars, to Cannes, to premieres and photocalls.

For Spring, Ashley Greene was the first to don a look.

I wonder who will receive that honour for Fall. Hopefully it will be Blake, as she needs to get her sexy-back.

Front Row: Anja Rubik, Pixie Lott, Gao Yuanyuan and Christopher Kane

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jennifer Lopez, Amber Heard, Beyonce Knowles, Blake Lively, Fergie, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Minka Kelly, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Chloe Moretz, Daisy Lowe, Lea Michele, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Cameron Diaz, Zoe Saldana, Katy Perry, Paz Vega and Katie Cassidy

Credit: Style.com




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