Loewe Spring 2012

Before the Loewe Spring 2012 presentation I was invited backstage for a sneak peek and to meet the designer behind the Spanish brand, Stuart Vevers.

Stuart believes being British works to his advantage as he is constantly finding inspiration from his new base in Madrid.

For Spring 2012 he was inspired by Spanish architecture to create the tiled prints. He wanted the prints to feel luxurious, so each garment has a different print, despite this being an expensive process.

Stuart showed me the leather pieces which are very light and soft while the jackets are reversible with suede on the inside.

Other leather pieces have cut-out details, prints, perforations or added chiffon details in order to keep them fresh and interesting.

Stuart showcased gorgeous feminine silhouettes on a colour palette of terracotta, sea blue, ash grey, navy and gold.

Ladylike fitted suede dresses, sophisticated pencil skirts, jackets, coats and blouses made up this very elegant collection.

Key accessories included platform shoes and, of course, gorgeous bags. We saw perforated shoulder bags, luxurious leather totes and wristlet clutches.

Models wore their hair sleek straight behind their ears with smoky eyes and a dark red lip colour.

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Sonia Rykiel Spring 2012

We followed the super long yellow chalked runway to find the Sonia Rykiel Spring 2012 presentation on Saturday afternoon.

The brand is known for its fun, energetic presentations, but the mood was more relaxed as the models took to the runway in their 20s, sportswear-inspired looks.

Gorgeous peach, orange, ivory and yellow pieces were presented alongside vivid floral prints and knit stripes.

Pleats, thigh-high splits and cut-out details injected a lot of fun into this collection of feminine dresses, masculine pants, oversized blouses, pant suits, rompers and jumpsuits.

The models’ bouncy soft curls were teamed with nude lip colour for a simple yet beautiful finishing touch to this typically chic Parisian collection.

Key accessories included a selection of fold-over bags, chic box clutches, bags with built-in arm rests plus lace-up heels and flats.

Front Row: Sonia Rykiel, Mia Moretti and Leigh Lezark

Favourites: Ivory dress with black stripe and mustard top and skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Olsen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Sophia Bush, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Browning and Hailee Steinfeld


Isabel Marant Spring 2012

‘Sportswear meets rock and roll with plenty of Parisian flair’ is the perfect way to sum up Isabel Marant’s Spring 2012 collection.

On a colour palette of red, dark pink, lemon, sky blue, orange, purple and black, leggy supermodels took to the runway wearing American-football-inspired tops with slouchy sweat pants, denim jeans or shorts with a patchwork or tie-dye treatment.

Whilst feeling for the models in the hot venue, I did love the chunky knits. They were presented as oversized grandpa cardigans, racerback dresses, long-sleeve dresses with hoodies, and classic cable knit sweaters. These pieces are perfect for keeping you warm on those mid-summer nights when the temperatures drop.

We also saw tie-dye jumpsuits, oversized shirts, tie-dye mini dresses, lurex mini dresses, rompers, cropped textured pants, oversized jackets and slouchy tie-dye pants. The crochet dresses and tops would make for perfect beach cover-ups.

There was a selection of Rajasthani embroideries pieces which included vests and mini dresses; they added something exotic to this free-spirited collection.

Models walked the runway in sexy ankle chain strappy sandals, which will be snapped up by many celebrities next season.

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Favourites: Tie-dye jumpsuit and Fringed sweater with snake-skin pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Every French Vogue editor, models off-duty, Kate Moss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, Elle MacPherson, Rachel Bilson, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller, Thandie Newton, Alexa Chung and Megan Fox

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Balmain Spring 2012

It wasn’t only my first Balmain presentation; it was new head designer Olivier Rousteing’s too.

The (rather cute) designer didn’t take the Parisian fashion house too far away from its rock n’ roll roots for this Spring 2012 collection, much to the relief of Kate Moss, Rihanna and Alex Gerrard.

We saw plenty of gold-studded, fringed and embellished details on leather jackets, second-skin mini dresses, tops and short leather skirts.

These looks were presented on a colour palette of black, light-wash denim, ice white, silver and gold.

The main focus points were the lightweight denim and leather maxi skirts, the delightfully sinful hot pants, the high waistlines and the wide belts with large gold buckles.

Aside from the celebrity red carpet looks and party pieces, there were plenty of everyday wearable looks within this collection like the ice blue sweaters, white jeans (hello Liz Hurley), denim shirts, slouchy leather pants and white blouses.

Models sported high ponytails and barely-there makeup.

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Key accessories included gold cuffs, open-toe ankle boots and gold embellished ankle boots.

Front row: Siriwanwaree Nareerat, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Gold accented denim jacket and pants and the gold embellished leather jacket

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cameron Diaz, Celine Dion, Zoe Saldana, Ciara, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan, Halle Berry, Daisy Lowe, Diane Kruger, Fergie, Noomi Rapace, Lake Bell, Rose Byrne, Sonam Kapoor, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie


Carven Spring 2012

Carven is swiftly becoming one of my favourite brands.

This morning during Paris Fashion Week, Guillaume Henry presented a Parisian elegant collection for Spring 2012 which had plenty of girlie charm.

We saw many short dresses with A-lined skirts, more midriff-baring dresses – which continue to be a trend for Spring 2012 – luxe short suits, sweaters layered over shirts and paired with paper bag shorts, buttery leather dresses – which were also a trend this summer – and long-sleeve lace accented tunic dresses.

I was excited that this collection was full of colourful looks from cool blue and ivory to hot mustard and fuchsia pink.

Guillaume always adds prints to his collections; on this occasion he presented stripes and exotic ikat prints.

The other signature were the Peter Pan collars which no Carven collection goes without.

With the unseasonable hot weather in Paris today, we could wear these pieces right now.

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Key accessories included sporty backpacks, striped clutches, loafer, flatforms, creepers, sunglasses, and platform sandals accented with brass bells.

Front Row: Roxane Mesquida and Isabelle Huppert

Favourite: Mustard top paired with taupe shorts and fuschia pink dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Alexa Chung, Jena Malone, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Leighton Meester, Jamie Chung, Chloe Moretz and Elle Fanning

Credit: All photos belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards