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03.10.11

Dw by Kanye West Spring 2012

The biggest buzz of Paris Fashion Week was Kanye West’s first womenswear collection which is titled ‘Dw by Kanye West’. The Dw is supposed to stand for his mother’s name, Donde West.

The designer had personally selected a group of 100 people which included journalists, buyer and bloggers, so I was honoured to be invited.

Everyone was speculating about who was going to be in the front row. Rumours included Beyonce, Jay Z and even Natalie Portman.

All the top models walked in the show, with Chanel Iman flying in especially.

So what about the clothes?

Despite critics not being that impressed, I actually quite liked them.

I did think some of the pieces were a tad heavy for spring, especially the furs and the crocodile skins, but the light colour palette of mostly white, ivory and blush made up for that.

We saw sexy bandage dresses, made much sexier by cut outs or open zippers, plunging necklines, futuristic cuts, leather pants, fur trim jackets, hooded coats and slouchy pants.

Will Kanye be winning any design awards? Judging by the critics, no.

Will front row attendees Ciara and Lindsay Lohan wear this collection on the red carpet?

Most definitely. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ciara was Kanye’s muse, as I can see her wearing several pieces.

Key accessories included four unique Giuseppe Zanotti heels created especially for the show, a gold ‘Yeezy’ nameplate necklace and a fur backpack.

Front Row: Jared Leto, Ciara, Mary Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, Sky Ferreira , Azzedine Alaia, Peter Marino, Olivier Theyskens , Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Silvia Fendi, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Alexander Wang, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared, Terry Richardson , Leigh Leizark, Giuseppe Zanotti, Ozwald Boateng Joseph Altuzarra

Favourites: White ensemble with fitted pants and nude bandage dress

Who Do I See Wearing This Collection: Ciara, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kate Moss, Vanessa and Angela Simmons

Credit: Style.com & Instagram pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

03.10.11

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.

Credit: Style.com & Instagram pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

03.10.11

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

01.10.11

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

Credit: Style.com & cropped images belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

29.09.11

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