Naeem Khan Fall 2012

Inspired by Mughal Paisley and Hindu Tilakas, Naeem Khan’s Fall 2012 presented many gowns which must be Oscar bound.

Models sparkled from head to toe wearing gold and silver ethnic embroidered gowns and gowns with bead work which looked heavy.

On the flip side, the designer presented a selection of organza abstract print gowns and dresses which were lighter than air as they floated down the runway.

Necklines plunged, thighs were revealed via splits and backs were open for those who wanted to show off more skin.

For those who don’t, luxe embroidered evening coats or sparkling caftans will enable you to make a statement just as bold without showing off too much skin.

Tweed metallic jackets, beaded gowns with fringe detailing, gowns with feathered skirts and studded pants which were to die for made up this eye-popping collection which sparkled so brightly against the black backdrop.

Front Row: Padma Lakshmi, Ahna O’Reilly, Kristin Chenoweth, Matt Damon and wife Lucy Damon

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

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Marc Jacobs Fall 2012

Marc Jacobs and milliner Stephen Jones brought Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter to life with an oversized floppy hat worn by the models during his Fall 2012 fairytale-themed runway show on Monday evening.

It wasn’t just the hats that were oversized; coats, jackets, skirts and scarves, held together with large safety pins, all got the same ‘bigger is better’ treatment.

These pieces would make for very cosy winter attire.

It’s no wonder that everything was so oversized because there was a lot of layering. One look had a shrug over a jacket, over a dress with cropped pants.

The colour palette ranged from moody hues of black, forest green, violet and navy, to bubbly pastel pinks.

Textures were rich and patterns ranged from jacquard and brocade to paisley and floral.

Key accessories included chunky shoes with big embellished buckles paired with shimmering socks and oversized top handle bags in ostrich or lacquered leather.

Which pieces will we see on the red carpet?

Well, if you strip down the layering there were many cute embellished and shimmering dresses that I’m sure we will see on front-row attendee Dakota Fanning, or we will see commercial versions of these looks on the red carpet.

Helena Bonham Carter is probably the only person who could pull off all of these looks as presented – hats included.

Look 40, the hologram sequined dress with the rosette details around the neckline, is the most red carpet ready look of this collection.

Who wants to place a bet that Anna Dello Russo will wear one of these hats before fashion week (month) ends in March?

Front Row: Maria Sharipova, Rose Byrne, Jared Leto, and Dakota Fanning

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leighton Meester, Datoka Fanning, Elle Fanning, Chloe Sevigny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel, Helena Bonham Carter and Rose Byrne

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Reem Acra Fall 2012

Reem Acra‘s Fall 2012 collection was inspired by feminine power.

Cue second-skin leather dresses, beaded mini dresses and sexy gowns with illusion panels which made the looks appear to have extreme cut-outs.

We also saw beaded boleros, metallic tweed jackets, pencil skirts, knee-length dresses that clung to the body, plus office-appropriate day-time sheath dresses.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jennifer Morrison, Amber Heard, LeAnn Rimes, Rose McGowan and Selena Gomez

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Donna Karan Fall 2012

Donna Karan’s Fall 2012 collection was inspired by Hollywood’s most androgynous icon, Marlene Deitrich.

On a colour palette of grey, red, midnight blue and black the designer served up seductive menswear for the sophisticated and spiritied woman.

The collection started with oversized pinstriped double-breasted coats, impeccably tailored skirts and pant suits, plus smart jackets with asymmetrical black satin panels to replicate cummerbunds.

Feminine pieces like body suits were given masculine touches as they were paired with tapered pants while the dresses had stiff cuffs.

The presentation didn’t solely focus on menswear. Donna Karan eased in some form-fitting dresses and evening gowns.

All the looks were teamed with an array of Stephen Jones hats perched to the side which varied in size, style and colour.

The presentation ended with Whitney Houston’s version of ‘I’m Every Woman’ playing in the background which had everyone singing along.

By everyone, you know I’m excluding Anna Wintour, right?

Front Row: Ashley Greene, Emmy Rossum, Rose McGowan and Adriana Lima

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Evan Rachel Wood, Tilda Swinton, Rose McGowan, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Amber Heard, Rooney Mara, Angeline Jolie, Diane Kruger and Diane Keaton

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Preen Fall 2012

Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi took inspiration from Victorian-era scrapbooks and abstract expressionists for Preen’s Fall 2012 collection.

We saw clean, fresh looks with chic silhouettes awash with bold colours and botanical prints which were presented as collages.

You instantly got a downtown IT girl vibe from this collection, which was presented with platform ankle boots designed by Aldo for the second season in a row.

Tapered pants, 40s-inspired dresses, fur-accented coats, chic separates including pencil skirts, jackets, turtlenecks, peplum tops, tulip-shaped skirts and fine lace tops made up this cohesive collection with an underlying sporty feel.

Front Row: Leigh Lezark and Michelle Harper

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Rose Byrne, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Olsen, Jaime King, Rachel Bilson, Michelle Williams, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Olsen, Marisa Tomei, Carey Mulligan, Diane Kruger, Tilda Swinton, Anne Hathaway, Florence Welch and Zoe Saldana

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Carolina Herrera Fall 2012

Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012 presentation gave aspiring designers a master class on showcasing quintessential elegance.

She catered to the uptown lady who not only lunches but also attends the opera or other high-profile events, as she presented ladylike sheaths, chic separates, and of course red-carpet-worthy gowns on a colour palette of deep navy, mauve, black, light blue and red.

For daytime, Herrera served up peplum jackets, tapered pants, sheath dresses, wrap coats, knee-length wool skirts, cropped jackets and sweaters in luxe tweeds, fine wools and chic satins, some accented with fur and feather trims.

The selection of gowns was truly spectacular, but the finale architectural ball gown is top of my wish list for the Oscars.

No doubt Renee will have first dibs.

Key accessories included Manolo Blahnik shoes and obi-wrap belts which accented many of the looks.

Front Row: Renee Zellweger

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Renee Zellweger, Michelle Obama, Camilla Belle, Olivia Wilde, Andrea Riseborough and Diane Lane

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Jenny Packham Fall 2012

Jenny Packham was the only designer who could get me up at 9am on Monday morning after the BATFAs and Grammys marathon.

The designer, who has dressed everyone from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Angelina Jolie, is always on my list of must-sees during Fashion Week.

As the models took to the runway through the smoke-filled exit with mellow jazz music playing in the background, it became very apparent why Dita Von Teese was in the front row.

With models’ hair styled into victory rolls and deep Bordeaux pouts, the designer showcased a 40s-inspired collection which reflected the mood of Film Noir.

The runway was filled with many red-carpet-worthy gowns, some with edgy silhouettes such as crystal and studded beading or exaggerated shoulders.

Plunging necklines and open backs showcased plenty of skin, but this collection wasn’t just for the temptresses.

Pretty pastel pieces showed that Jenny didn’t stray too far from her sweet, feminine aesthetic.

Alongside the gowns and cocktail dresses were jumpsuits with beaded collars, ladylike separates and feminine mini dresses in demure abstract prints.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: 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 Paula Patton

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Zac Posen Fall 2012

There are two things you can always expect from a Zac Posen show: Coco Rocha will open and close and we will be treated to high-octane, glamorous looks.

Even though E! were broadcasting their Grammy’s ‘Live from the Red Carpet’ show at the same time, there was no way I was going to miss Zac Posen’s Fall 2012 presentation with the Oscars just around the corner.

I made the right decision because there were many breathtaking demi-couture gowns with an Asian-inspired twist.

Impeccably cut skirt suits, cocktail dresses, body-conscious dresses and mermaid gowns in satin, silk, jacquard and brocade were so fitted that the models had to take tiny steps to prevent themselves from toppling over.

Geisha makeup and sleek updos with spiky crests added to the drama, as the designer took us on a romantic journey of old-Hollywood glamour.

Aside from the jaw-dropping gowns, the designer presented some daywear pieces including pant suits, silk ensembles accented with a colourful obi belt, luxe coats, chiffon blouses paired with fitted fishtail skirts, and fur capes.

Make your Oscar wish lists now.

Front Row: Dita von Teese and Kate Mara

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

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