Valentino Fall 2010

Valentino’s Fall 2010 presentation was full of ruffles.

Curved ruffles, tiered ruffles, scalloped ruffles, delicate ruffles and dramatic ruffles.

The colour palette consisted of nudes, black, red and white.

Nude jackets and coats had ruffled collars and floral appliqués. Chic white blouses and skirts also had cascading ruffles and folds.

We also saw lace blouses and dresses. Lots of above the knee pieces including a stunning tiered beaded dress, which was also presented as a top and a glorious gown.

Tailored pants and wool coats were included in this romantic presentation, but the show-stopping pieces were the nude scaplloed edge gown with black lace details and the black lace high-neck gown which I’m sure will be hitting the red carpet soonish.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Valentino, so I was happy to see many Valentino red looks in this collection.

All the looks in this collection were paired with nude studded kitten heels or flats, much to the delight of the models no doubt.

The show started nearly an hour late. This is usually an indication that a major celebrity is on their way.

The late comer was Grace Coddington who laughed – as we all did – when the photographers booed her for being so late.



Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fall 2010

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s Fall 2010 “Paris by Knight” presentation was a colourful affair.

The Moroccan-born French based designer is known for his imaginative pieces and strong graphic prints which were presented with a JC/DC twist.

The twist were the playful antelopes horns and bunny rabbits helmets worn by the models.

I loved the Bambi prints. Who knew the old girl was such a diva.

The prints were on leather, sequined and silk dress, plus a short suit. JC/DC also presented cute Bambi shoes.

The casual pieces were based around a dark colour palette injected with stand-out greens, purples, yellows and reds. I loved the yellow knicker bocker pants.

I can’t wait to see Beth Ditto wearing the sequined dress with her face emblazoned on the front.

Here’s the finale. I felt sorry for the poor male model who had to walk with a dog. The dog literally dragged him all over the runway during the show, much to our amusement.

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Vanessa Bruno Fall 2010

Vanessa Bruno’s Fall 2010 presentation included easy wearable everyday clothes, which you’ll wear over and over again.

We were presented with shearling coats, masculine blazers, knit leotards which tied at the waist, leather floppy hats, booties with stud and tuffs of fur, knicker bocker pants, knee-high socks and floral sheer dresses.

Vanessa layered many pieces which will keep us warm next winter.

This was a very relaxed presentation with grungy styling and an interesting mixture of colours, textures and patterns.



Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2010 presentation took us on a global adventure. We visited West Africa, Turkey, Peru, Morocco, Thailand, India, Russia, Greece, China and many other exotic locations.

The looks were mixed: Chinese silks were paired with Moroccan shoes and West African head scarves. This was best presented by Coco Rocha’s look above.

Thigh-high boots continue to rule the runway but JPG presented us boots which were printed with either florals or stripes. Trench coats were cut to the thigh to show off the boots.

The PETA protesters chanted outside the venue, but that didn’t prevent JPG from presenting pieces trimmed with fox fur and mink.

Jewelery and ankle bells jingled over the loud live band who played the African drums and other instruments.

Other distinct accessories included Masai necklaces.

We saw embroidered tunics, Greek pleated skirts, silk cheongsams, gypsy skirts, military coats, sharply tailored pinstriped suits and very baggy harem pants.

Will we see this collection on the red carpet?

I didn’t think we’d see the previous collection on the red carpet, but it was worn by Dita von Teese and Rihanna so we will have to wait and see.

Gaultier was in very high spirits as he sprinted down the runway at the end of the presentation which you can see in the video.

Normally at this point Anna Wintour rushes out of a venue, but she was still clapping along to the music after JPG had exited the runway and I sensed she was hanging around for a reason.

Then JPG ran back onto the runway, this time wearing a fur trimmed rucksack on his back which had been worn by Sasha Pivovarova during the presentation.

Oh how everyone laughed.



Christian Dior Fall 2010

Before the Christian Dior Fall 2010 presentation started we saw lightening, heard the crackle of a thunderstorm, plus the stomping hoofs of a horse, which instantly lead me to believe we were going to be treated to jodhpurs, horse riding gear and top hats.

I was right.

John Galliano infused the equestrian theme with light floaty mini dresses and ruffled chiffon gowns which I hope are Oscar bound.

These gowns were everything we’ve come to expect from the house of Dior: romantic and oozing with French femininity. They were sheer showing off the beautiful lingerie underneath.

Or were they lingerie. The line between outwear and underwear becomes finer and finer as Look 4 appears to be lingerie paired with a rich burgundy leather coat.

We saw many other leather pieces which were presented in burgundy, brown, orange. I loved the tan leather pants.

Most celebrities and Rachel Zoe “ooh” and “aah” in the front row at their favourite pieces. Charlize Theron had good poker face, because she gave away nothing.

I guess because she at that point she had already picked out her Oscar gown.

Thigh-high boots were paired with many looks in this presentation, and if they weren’t paired with boots they were paired with thigh-high socks. has a full run down of the footwear from this presentation.

You have to watch Galliano taking his bow at the end. So theatrical as you would expect. Loved his performance as much as the show.

Anna Dello Russo arrived late at the Dior presentation.

After the show started I realised that she was kneeling on the floor to watch the show.

I love her even more now. Fabulous and down to earth. What a great gal.



RM by Roland Mouret Fall 2010

The RM by Roland Mouret Fall 2010 presentation was one I was very much looking forward to, and it was love at first sight from Look 1.

The silhouette still reminds fairly loose, but everything in this collection whispered sexy from the draped dresses, to the skirt suits, to the leather jackets to the dusty pink gown.

I don’t recall Roland Mouret using fur before, but he presented a fur gilet and used fur on two other pieces.

The model all wore the same rose pink Christian Louboutin suede pumps which had a pencil thin heels.

I admired the models being able to balance standing in them let alone walking in them. These heels had an elasticated black band going across the front.

Many of the looks featured hoods. Hooded dresses, coats and jackets featured, which I’ve seen at many presentations this season.

This collection will no doubt be popular with the likes of Demi Moore, Olivia Wilde and Amber Valletta who always go for the sexy yet sophisticated well tailored look which Roland does so well.

My favourite look was the rose pink mini dress paired with a boucle jersey jacket which had leather sleeves.



Manish Arora Fall 2010

Manish Arora’s Fall 2010 presentation was dazzling to say the very least.

This season Manish was inspired by the Art Deco era where the past collides with the future resulting in a kaleidoscopic wave of colour.

The silhouettes were inspired by the 20s and 30s with the emphasis on dropped waists, fitted shapes, detailed shoulder enhancements and draping.

The colour palette included shades of green, purple, black, pinks and blues.

I loved the look with the asymmetrical peplum and the dress which had a patchwork qulited like dress.

Everything sparkled, dazzled and blinged. Even the models wore blinging wigs, if they didn’t have neon coloured wefts in their hair.

If you are thinking that these looks aren’t red carpet ready, Manish’s designs have been worn by Estelle, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

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