28.09.11

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012

Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2012 collection was dripping in gold.

A gold sequin jacket opened the presentation and several more gold looks followed.

Many designers have included drop-waist dresses in their Spring 2012 collections and we saw it again at Cavalli.

A stylist told me that celebrities are not too fond of wearing drop-waist dresses, but, with so many on the runway, I wonder if any would be tempted to jump on this trend.

We saw many of Cavalli’s signatures: animal prints, tailored suits plus black sequin tailored jackets, fitted and wide-leg pants and multi-coloured print blazers.

The presentation ended with a selection of embroidered gowns; the gold one paired with a white blazer was particularly breathtaking and red carpet worthy.

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Key accessories included leather belts, gold cuffs, crocodile clutches, totes and platform wedges which some of the models struggled to walk in.

Favourites: White pants suit and gold embroidered gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jessica Alba, The Kardashian’s, Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson

Credit: Style.com

27.09.11

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012

Giorgio Armani’s Spring 2012 collection included exquisite tailoring and luxurious fabrics which we’ve come to expect from the design house.

Mr Armani was inspired by a mother-of-pearl to create his colour palette of blues, greys, silvers and greens, using fabrics that have an iridescent sheen and the lightness of a feather.

Coco Rocha started things off wearing a cowl-neck top paired with a printed jacket and pants with a slit on the side.

Collarless blazers, wrap skirts, satin jackets, day dresses, cocktail dresses, chiffon blouses and calf-length skirts were presented.

The silhouette was loose fitting or body skimming to flatter the feminine form.

For evening wear, the glamour factor was taken up several notches with shimmering, mostly strapless, gowns with crescent-shaped bodices.

Key accessories included clutches, snakeskin shoulder bags, printed obi belts, strappy sandals, totes and oversized hats.

For the finale, three models wearing the same embellished strapless gown slowly walked the runway with their arms around each other. They embodied The Three Graces, goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity.

It was a perfect (and quite emotional) end to a beautiful presentation.

Favourites: Asymmetrical dress with a printed skirt and light blue strapless satin gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cate Blanchett, Jodie Foster, Tilda Swinton, Hilary Swank, Catherine Zeta Jones, Eugenia Silva and Zhang Ziyi

Credit: Style.com

27.09.11

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012

After the standout houndstooth prints for Fall, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2012 collection presented exotic tropical and animal prints in jewel tone red, purple and teal green, which lit up the dark venue.

Colourful chiffon strapless, one-shoulder and halter dresses in knee-lengths and tea-lengths were presented alongside blazers, jumpsuits and plaid suits.

Sexy gold lame and embellished cocktail dresses provided plenty of sparkle on the runway. I would love to see the third dress above on Zoe Saldana.

The final few looks consisted of red-carpet-ready gowns. My favourite was the red one-shoulder gown which I would like to see on Angelina Jolie.

The models’ tresses were given the movie siren look with wavy locks swept over one shoulder.

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Key accessories included leather shoulder bags, crocodile clutches and silk scarves tied around the waist.

Celebrities often wear Ferragamo pumps on the red carpet. This season, the designer presented bi-colour strappy sandals which would perfect any look.

Front Row: Karen Mok and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Purple and red embellished dress and red one shoulder gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Minka Kelly, Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, Jessica Chastain, Demi Moore, Asia Argento, Uma Thurman, Gemma Arterton, Bonnie Wright and Selma Blair

27.09.11

Missoni Spring 2012

Missoni’s Spring 2012 presentation provided a typically vibrant and colourful collection.

Signature knits were transformed into gorgeous flamenco/gypsy inspired looks with dramatic ruffles and light layers.

Once again we saw midriff-baring looks which signal we should start those ab crunches now.

Key accessories included floral accented sandals, fringed necklaces, tinted sunglasses, fans, fold-over clutches and studded sun hats.

Front Row: Margherita Missoni

Favourites: Ruffled bikini and blue ruffled asymmetrical flamenco dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Margherita Missoni, Olivia Palermo and Joy Bryant

27.09.11

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012

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

Credit: All pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards