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12.09.12

Naeem Khan Spring 2013

Naeem Khan is known for his glamorous gowns, but for Spring 2013 he gave us a lot more.

The Moroccan-inspired collection included daywear and separates, which thankfully stayed true to the designer’s love for embellishments and timeless glamour.

First up was a collection of rose-print pieces followed by some interesting looks with mosaic white leather appliqués, plus we were also presented with some beautiful digital waves and fiery sunset prints.

We saw coats, shift dresses, strapless dresses, satin pants, off-the-shoulder tops and pocketed dresses before an array of red-carpet gowns took to the runway.

The majority of the gowns showcased the designer’s love for intricate embroidery and attention to detail, which had me on the edge of my front-row seat. I’m sure the likes of Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Obama are calling in their favourite pieces now.

The show concluded with a series of signature colourful beaded chiffon caftans, in marigold, coral, blue and nude. It was the perfect ending to the show and saw the designers receive yet another – well deserved – standing ovation.

Front Row: Jordana Brewster, Crystal Reed, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Madisen Beaty and Julianne Hough

Favourites: Nude embroidered gown, light-blue beaded gown and navy blue cape gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Rachel Roy, Padma Lakshmi, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Leslie Mann, Jennifer Carpenter, Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt, Debra Messing, Viola Davis and Florence Welch

Credit: Style.com

12.09.12

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

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12.09.12

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

Credit: Style.com

12.09.12

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

11.09.12

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