Red Carpet Fashion Awards

The spirit inside the venue for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 presentation was very festive, so I knew we were in for something really special.

After the signature black lace bustier dresses for Fall, I was super-excited that this collection started off with plenty of colour and bold prints which included flowers, pomegranates, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, chillies, and courgettes.

These fun prints on 50s ladylike silhouettes were also presented alongside signature lace dresses in sky blue, beige and black plus chic skirt suits for daywear and midriff-baring cropped bustiers worn with full skirts or bloomers.

As we moved to evening wear, things started to heat up.

Bejewelled dresses and skirts sparkled as the models took to the runway. Sheer looks left little to the imagination in a sexy, classy way.

The presentation ended with the models each donning a jewelled corset which will leave Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Fergie and Rihanna spoilt for choice.

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Key accessories included pasta and garlic-bulb-shaped earrings and necklaces.

We saw straw bags in several colours including gold, green, blue and black, plus lace top handle bags, crochet bags, plastic bags, fur bags and an updated version of the very popular Miss Sicily bag. Clutches were also decorated with pasta and garlic bulbs.

Shoes ranged from T-bar pumps, plastic ankle boots with lace accents, sandals decorated with multi-coloured stones and Mary Jane heels.

Front Row: Scarlett Johansson, Felicity Jones, Poppy Delevigne, Paloma Faith, Lynn Xiong, Beppe Fiorello, Francesco Scianna, Filippo Nigro, Carolina Crescentini, Cristiana Capotondi, Gabriella Pession, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Chiara Francini, Martina Stella, Michela Quattrociocche, Brenno and Michelangelo Placido, Thomas Trabacchi, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Filippo Pucillo and Marika Pellegrinelli

Favourites: Pomegranate and floral print bustier dress and sky blue lace long sleeve dress with floral appliques

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leighton Meester, 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, Kristen Stewart, Dianna Agron and Kristin Davis

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Following the figure-hugging, breast-enhancing dresses from Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2011 collection which Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez fell in love with last season, Peter Dundas opted for a more free-flowing silhouette for Spring 2012.

The Pucci woman is still uber sexy but with added Latin spirit.

I envied the models as they stormed the runway wearing midriff-baring tops paired with maxi skirts, signalling that Peter’s motto for the Pucci woman is still, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”

We also saw flamenco-style dresses and many handkerchief dresses with the brand’s signature prints.

For those not wanting to flaunt too much, Peter showcased black tailored pant suits, which were paired with red lace bras, and white crochet pieces paired with white blazers.

Drop-waist dresses, peasant tops, embellished printed shirts, Bermuda shorts, underwear-revealing crochet dresses, loose-fitted pants, embroidered blazers and off-the-shoulder dresses in varying lengths, plus a stunning finale gown with a flowing train made up the rest of this collection.

For the red carpet, we saw a selection of sparkling mini dresses which Fergie will be calling in for her next big event, but I’m guessing she will have to fight Miss Minogue for first dibs as these sparklers would make great performance pieces too.

Key accessories included layered necklaces with crucifixes, printed scarves tied around the waist, the updated ‘Marquis’ bag, gold hooped earrings and signature sexy strappy sandals.

Being the fashion geek that I am, I was really excited to see Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emmys look take the runway during this presentation. It was quite strange to recognise a look on the runway when it is usually the other way around.

I liked it on Gwynie, but I loved it on the model.

Favourites: White crochet ensemble with white blazer and embellished long sleeve dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kylie Minogue, Fergie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Poppy Delevigne, Hilary Swank, Ana de la Reguera, Zoe Saldana, Paz Vega, Beyonce Knowles, Cameron Diaz, Abbey Clancy, Karolina Kurkova, Camilla Belle and Eugenia Silva.

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The Frankie Morello girl is touring Italy for Spring 2012.

Portofino, Venice, Rome, Pisa and the magnificent Amalfi Coast were the inspirations for this ‘Souvenir of Italy’ collection.

Printed handkerchief dresses, cycling shorts, short flared skirts, fan dresses, leggings, bomber jackets and crop tops were presented in this fun, energetic collection.

This unique collection stands out from the floral themes we have seen this fashion week. The young and adventurous would love this collection.

Key accessories included hallowed wedges, backpacks, oversized gold hooped earrings, large gold necklaces and black headpieces in the shape of monuments like the leaning tower of Pisa.

Cameras played a huge part in this presentation as they were worn as fascinators, necklaces and shoulder bags.

Terry Barber created the models’ wing tip eyes using MAC Cosmetics whilst Marco Lafrate styled the models’ hair into a purposely messy low bun.

Jil Sander’s Spring 2012 was one of my favourite presentations this fashion week.

The 50s-inspired collection started off with several clean, crisp white knee-length dresses paired with white lace-up boots.

After the third or fourth dress we started to believe this was going to be an all-white purity collection before models took to the runway wearing paisley and gingham prints, plus we saw a selection of black, green and yellow looks.

This minimal, modern collection presented lean pant suits, layered separates, shift dresses, shorts paired with tailored blazers, graphic knit sweaters paired with full white skirts, and short-sleeve shirts paired with fluid organza skirts.

Shirt-dress-inspired gowns, which could work as wedding gowns, closed the show.

Key accessories included veiled beanie hats, bags and clutches, plus chunky heel pumps in a range of colours and patent ankle boots.

Erickson Beamon teamed up with designer Raf Simons to create the crystal earrings. They also created jewelled brooches which were added to dresses to provide an elegant finishing touch.

Front Row: Anna Dello Russo and all the top editors

Favourites: Paisley print top with navy skirt and graphic knit top with gingham pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Diane Lane, Karen Elson, Erin O’Connor

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Donatella Versace took us under the sea for her Versace Spring 2012 collection.

The marine life theme translated into starfish, seashells, mermaids and seahorses which appeared in prints, studs and sequin embellishments.

On a colour palette of lemon, lilac, sea blue, white and mint green, Donatella showcased pencil skirts paired with bandeau tops, short sets, studded biker jackets, mini-skirts with flounced hemlines, and sleeveless dresses with draped details.

Within the middle of the collection we saw a selection of mostly embellished LBDs which made your eyes water.

Signature sexy, figure-hugging gowns – which we will most definitely see on the red carpet – followed.

Liz Hurley will be in her element as most had thigh-high splits.

Key accessories included studded clutches and bags plus Lucite wedges.

The models had big, bouncy blow-outs courtesy of Guido Palau, whilst their makeup was soft and fresh with perfectly sculpted brows thanks to Pat McGrath.

Favourites: Lemon biker jacket, bandeau and studded pencil skirt and black studded strapless mini dress with draped pleated detail

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, Fergie, Rihanna, Leighton Meester, Zooey Deschanel, Mila Kunis, Minka Kelly, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Chloe Moretz, Daisy Lowe, Jamie King, Lea Michele, Zoe Kravitz, Jamie Chung, Emma Stone, Leslie Mann, Rachel Bilson, Eva Mendes, Cameron Diaz and Katie Cassidy

I feel like I have travel to many faraway places this Fashion Week. On Friday the Moschino Spring 2012 collection took me to Mexico.

Models stormed the runway wearing matador-inspired embellished and embroidered boleros which were paired with toreador hats and leggings.

There were a lot of other fun pieces which were Mexican-inspired like the fringed ponchos, peasant dresses, sexy ruffled dresses and Frida-inspired headpieces.

On a colour palette of gold, black, yellow and beige, we saw ultra-short embellished dresses, smock tops, floral print peasant skirts and embroidered shorts.

Apart from the toreador hats, other key accessories included ankle-wrap wedges, crucifixes, cat-eye sunglasses, gold hooped earrings, beaded clutches, woven clutches and fringed bags.

The models without the fascinators or the toreador hats sported Frida-inspired braided hairstyles.

I love the mixture of high-impact pieces with romantic dresses and drop-waist gowns.

Favourites: Yellow ruffled dress and printed blouse paired with sunflower skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Fan Bing Bing and Zoe Saldana

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