Armani Privé Spring 2012

Even with a celeb-filled front row, I was totally entranced by the Armani Prive Spring 2012 collection.
Each piece was timeless and elegant, but done in a futuristic, chic way.

Green was the colour du jour, with every shade in the green family on display, from lime to chartreuse to forest green. It is an unlikely colour to base a full collection on, but it worked as the green goddesses took to the runway in slinky bedazzling gowns, one-shoulder cocktail dresses, peak-shouldered jackets paired with sleek pants or swirled skirts and dresses with a black satin bodice and tea-length skirt.

The highlights were the models who took to the runway wearing extravagant ball gowns with jewel bodices and snakeskin-print skirts. I also loved the strapless gowns with Swarovski crystal net jackets slung over the models’ shoulders.

One model looked like an otherworldly sea creature that had risen from the sea with a green algae-like bolero. We all craned our necks to get a closer look at this spectacular piece. Read More…


Atelier Versace Spring 2012

I died and went to heaven several times this morning during the Atelier Versace Spring 2012 presentation, which opened the Spring 2012 Couture season.

Karlie Kloss (my fave) was the first to gracefully navigate the tricky golden stairs in a form-fitting embroidered pearl-grey paillettes gown. The breath-taking gown with Chantilly lace panels on the side was encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

How she was able to walk down and then up the stairs to take her position at the side of the stairs in stacked heels I will never know, but she’s never looked more beautiful.

Fourteen more models followed in Karlie’s footsteps, equally smouldering with high blunt-cut ponytails, smoky eyes and full-on sexy face which J-Lo would be very proud of.

Speaking of J-Lo, there were many looks from this presentation with her name all over it.

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Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012

Jason Wu’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection was one of his most luxurious and sophisticated to date.

‘Charley Harper meets the Maharaja’ is how Jason describes his collection. By mixing the rich colour palette of the Maharajah with the graphic work of Harper, he has created a charismatic collection.

With camel, black and navy as the grounding colours, the collection has vibrant burnt orange, leafy greens and rich burgundy.

Jason continues to play up masculinity meets femininity with sporty sweaters and buttoned-up blouses paired with tailored colour-block pants and oversized coats. A navy brocade tuxedo with a black-sheer blouse makes for a strong, seductive look.

On the flip side, dainty patterned A-line dresses have a retro vibe, but with a cinched leather knotted belt and long leather gloves they keep the look modern.

Fitted dresses with long-knit or sheer sleeves ooze 60s glamour, which I can picture being favoured by Dita von Teese.

A richly embroidered camel cape was my favourite from Jason’s outerwear, but he also presented a navy windowpane Victorian cape coat and an anorak ‘suit’.

Other standout details included opulent embroidery, houndstooth panelling, and leather and sequined collars.

For the red carpet Jason went for dark, romantic, seductive elegance which I can picture on many gorgeous brunettes plus Diane Kruger, of course.

Favourites: Short sleeve sweater with colour-block pants and navy brocade tuxedo

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rachel Weisz, Diane Kruger, Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Leighton Meester, Hilary Swank, Michelle Monaghan, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Liv Tyler, Michelle Obama, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Freida Pinto


J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2012

The J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2012 collection is probably the most beautiful yet with the designer calling it ‘Unapologetic Luxury’.

Gilles Mendel presented a series of beautiful dresses and laidback uptown separates which included sumptuous furs, scintillating shearlings, sophisticated sheaths and screen siren gowns.

Lush Russian red fox furs were paired with dramatic above-the-elbow leather opera gloves. Cigarette pants are made uber cool when paired with layered sheer tops and a fur trimmed coat. An open back, makes a seemingly simple sheath very sexy.

Red carpet worthy gowns in ecru, rust, red, teal, navy, white, slate grey, rust, salmon pink and nude were mostly strapless or off-the-shoulder, but once adorned with a fur stole or fur vest it makes for the perfect late winter evening luxe look.

With awards season just around the corner, I’m sure we will see these gowns threading the red carpet very soon, especially that gorgeous blush strapless chiffon layered gown – ‘Hello Taylor Swift’.

Favourites: Ivory sheath dress and blush strapless gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Mila Kunis, Shailene Woodley, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Michelle Williams



Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012

We headed to the Upper East Side to take in the Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012 show yesterday afternoon.

For the upcoming pre-fall season, ODR presented a series of 70s-inspired looks that felt very ‘smart and stylish secretary by day, sexy city gal-about-town by night.’

Chic skirt suits, colourful shift dresses, and swingy wide-leg trousers were shown alongside dazzling cardigans and fur boleros. Brighter shades like lemon, magenta, melon and azure were peppered here and there, mingling with traditional autumnal hues of bordeaux, camel, gray, as well as intricate black and white patterns.

But the devil is in the detailsor in this case, the accoutrements. Vintage-style cloche caps felt much more modern next to the glitzy jeweled earrings, ornate cocktail rings, flashy brooches, and extravagant necklaces that jazzed up each look, as did the box clutches, skinny belts, and oversize sunnies.

Below the waist, sheer dotted tights made a prominent appearance on the runway, worn with thigh high boots and loafers, which were surprisingly refashioned into furry, pointy toe high-heel mule and wedge variations.

As for beauty, lacquered center-parted strands styled into looped off-to-the-side ponytails (finished with a girlish bow!) paired with popping pink pouts and over-flushed cheeks gave the collection a youthful twist.

And no ODLR show would be complete without a few red-carpet ready ensembles; flowy floor-length frocks fashioned from delicate pleated silk slinked down the catwalk alongside cute cocktail dresses, which came in an array of lacy, sparkly, embellished, metallic, fringed forms.

Favourites: Floral print dress and platinum lame gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Hilary Swank, Andrea Riseborough, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Davis, Jessica Chastain, Iman, Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Hilary Clinton and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

View the collection in its entirety on the OscarPrGirl tumblr—India-Jewel Jackson 


My Paris Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Paris was the final stop on the Spring 2012 tour bus, so here are my Top 11 looks from the shows I attended plus my highs and lows from Paree.


Top 5 Shows: Balmain (a return to brilliance under a new designer), Elie Saab (award season gowns galore), Chloe (I want every piece), Alexander McQueen (I still have goose bumps) and Andrew Gn (Parisian elegance at its finest).

More Shows: I do very well in New York, so-so in London (despite living there) and very well in Milan, but Paris Fashion Week has always been a tough nut to crack. This season I finally felt embraced with first invites from Isabel Marant, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel and Chloé.

Alexander McQueen re-see: The day after the McQueen show I attended the re-see. I was even more blown away to see the collection up close. The pieces are so delicate and I was amazed at the couture-like workmanship that goes into each piece. The commercial collection provides Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with many wearable options. I think the new ‘Sedna’ clutch with a hidden skull clasp will become the new celebrity red carpet favourite.

Reader Love: After Chloé, Tina from and I went to L’Imperial for a bottle (or two) of rosé. I was approached by two lovely ladies who told me how much they loved my blog and how they read it every day. They were so sweet and we took pictures together. It was really moving and by far my favourite moment of Fashion Month.

Andrew Gn: Sitting front row at Andrew Gn proudly wearing a look from his Fall 2011 collection.

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