Balenciaga Fall 2009

There are 2 collections I have been waiting for all season. Balmain and Balenciaga.

I’ve been stalking all morning waiting for the pictures of the Balenciaga Fall 2009 collection to upload, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Nicolas Ghesquiere presented a luscious feminine collection of draped satin tulip skirts, paired with satin blouses, or silver shimmering long-sleeved tops with accentuated shoulders.

Pants also had a draped rippling effect along the hips, these were tapered and paired with tailored blazers which were belted with more satin.

Black lace bandeau’s, featured heavily, and were paired under black blazers, navy velvet blazers, and ivory and white blouses.

Prints were a surprise for me, but they worked well a blouses, but more so as dress, with puffy shoulders, asymmetrical skirts, ruched skirts and halters.

Of course Jennifer Connelly will be all over this collection, but I would hope to see more celebrities wear this collection.

Salma Hayek and her husband Francois-Henri Pinault were in the front row, along with Anna Wintour.



Versace Fall 2009

The first few pictures from the Versace Fall 2009 collection had me worried, as lots of dark and neutral colours were presented.

Had Donatella given in to the doom and gloom of the recession?

Heck no, because there was a burst of colour which included fuchsia, orange, red and every shade of blue on the colour chart, from navy to aqua.

Donatella presented what she knows best sexy, yet sophisticated glamour.

There were plenty of sequins, high-thigh splits – which Liz Hurley will love – plunging necklines, liquid, jersey dresses, belted coats with embellished hems, leather bomber jacket, and skinny pants, which were all typically Versace, but not overly flashy or excessive.

I hope to see the gowns on stars like Charlize Theron – the blue halter would look amazing on her. Penelope Cruz in any of them, because she really needs to bring sexy back.



Prada Fall 2009

At first I didn’t love the Prada ‘Lace’ Fall 2008 collection, but after seeing it on the red carpet, it grew on me very quickly. Somehow I don’t even think Cate Blanchett can make me fall in love with the Prada Fall 2009 collection.

The are a few nice pieces here and there, like the finale studded dresses, and the leather trench coats, but overall, it wasn’t to my taste.

The thigh-high fly fishing boots were bizarrely matched with winter shorts, and I can’t see the Captain Caveman fur look, being worn by the most fashion forward magazine editors.

The colour palette consisted of black, rich reds, browns and mustards colour.

I can’t wait to see who can make this work.



"Extreme Beauty" In Vogue and Dolce & Gabbana Party

Eva Herzigova is the only one to really stand out at this event, because her Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 corset dress, is so different from her previous look earlier yesterday.

I really hated this dress on the runway, because it looked so bulky, but Eva rocks it.

Eva Mendes opted for a red Dolce & Gabbana dress, which was accented with the rosette belt, sans jewels.

She could have really sparkled at this night time event with some added bling.

Fredia Pinto also disappointed in a Dolce & Gabbana pink mini dress with a jeweled rosette belt. That’s because it was very similar to the dress she had worn earlier in the day.

Even the shoes are the same.

I love Kate Hudson’s golden sparkling ensemble, even the cape. But the hair is too mumsy for this look imo.

New mum Naomi Watts looked the most relaxed at this event, wearing a Helmet Lang-esqe suit, with a ruffled collared blouse.

I love the cropped tapered pants, and the turned up sleeves.

Scarlett Johansson continues to slip for me. Although her body looks amazing in this grey animal print dress, she lacks any spark.

Elsa Pataky’s black strapless mini dress with gold embroidery is gorgeous, and her platforms compliment the dress really well, but I am not crazy about her bouffant.

German model Nadja Auermann wore a satin maroon Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 dress with black floral paillettes covering the dress. Those paillettes were accentuated with ivory pearls.

This is a truly stunning creation. There is a lot going on but Nadja wears it so well.

Her fellow German model Claudia Schiffer also wore a dress from Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 collection, but hers was considerably quieter than Nadja’s, but Claudia was equally beautiful.

Miuccia Prada walked the red carpet in her own Fall 2009 collection as you would expect.

This look in very Maximus -Russell Crowe- in Gladiator.



Dolce & Gabbana’s VIP Room At Milan Fashion Week

In her first public appearance since the Oscars, Freida Pinto arrived at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 show this afternoon, looking gorgeous wearing an ivory Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 mini dress.

The dress had a ruffled detail on one shoulder, and she wore her dress with those outstanding bejeweled belts, that were heavily featured in the Spring 2009 collection.

A black clutch and sandals completed her look.

A short while ago, I said that I was surprised when Elsa Pataky attended an event wearing all black, because this is more like the Elsa I know. Wearing bright colours, daring prints, and edgy looks.

Elsa took on one of the toughest looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2009 collection – the voluminous, quarter-back shouldered pieces, and totally rocked it.

Eva Mendes played it safer, and just opted for the runway belt, to go with her purple satin Dolce & Gabbana dress.

Kate Hudson opted for a chocolate Dolce & Gabbana brown suit, with black accents, but her make-up seemed to suit Eva’s look more.

Maybe they switched at the last minute.

Scarlett Johansson, the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s cosmetic line, wore a simple shimmering sheath dress, with jeweled heels and ruby red lips.



Burberry Prorsum Fall 2009

After falling in love with the Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2009 collection, I was really excited to see the Fall 2009 collection.

The Fall collection was full of double breasted trench coats, classic dresses, pleated skirts, all in fall colours of grey, mocha, navy and burgundy. The collection also included knits, tweeds, felt hats, and 6in heels.

If you are a stalker like me, you would have had a touch of de ja vu whilst looking at the collection.

Designers are always looking to be inspired prior to producing a collection. It looks like Christopher Bailey simply took inspiration from his own Pre-Fall collection.

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