Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012

Oscar de la Renta’s presentation showcased plenty of jewels for fall. Not jewel tones, but actual jewels.

The collection was dominated by jewels, with jewel prints and jewel accents giving the prints a 3D effect.

Each model wore a diamante-accented satin headband and some walked the runway with a bejewelled leather belt.

On a colour palette of sky blue, rose, teal and taupe that we don’t normally associate with fall, we saw the usual elegance we come to associate with Oscar de la Renta but with a surprisingly youthful twist.

We saw shorter hemlines, playful tutus, poufy skirts, cute shift dresses, caplets, chunky cable-knit cardigans and embellished tops paired with skinny pants, which would appeal to the likes of the Fanning sisters, Chloe Moretz and even Alexa Chung.

‘Ladies who lunch’ were treated to metallic tweed suits, cashmere turtlenecks, jacquard knit skirt suits and tweed sheath dresses.

For the red carpet, the gowns ranged from slinky crushed, pleated velvet and beaded column gowns to fairytale-like tulle draped gowns. These frothy creates also on my wish list for Oscar night and any other night. which both have a place on Oscar, and any night.

Key accessories included glittered ankle boots, bow-tie sandals, booties and teardrop-shaped pearl earrings.

Front Row: Minka Kelly

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Chastain, Anna Wintour, Andrea Riseborough, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Kristin Davis, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Camilla Belle, Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2012 presentation took place yesterday afternoon in New York City.

Easy separates were combined with combat boots for a grungy schoolgirl-inspired look on a colour palette of blue, black, grey, chestnut, gold and red.

Cute pleated skirts were teamed with blouses and jacquard culottes paired with a Peter Pan collared shirt.

Other mash-ups included plaid pants with a gold lurex sweater and flannel pants with a striped sweater.

Bouclé coats, fur-trimmed anoraks, full-skirted dresses with metallic finishes, floral prints, plaid and velvet made up this collection of wearable pieces with a military references and a punkish edge.

Key accessories included wristlets, studded top-handle bags, clutches and totes, plus miltary-style drum hats.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Miranda Cosgrove, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lawrence and Teresa Palmer

Credit: & bag pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards


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



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

Credit: & hat pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards


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



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



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