Akris Spring 2011

The Akris Spring 2011 presentation delivered the clean crisp staples we expect from the Swiss fashion house this morning during Paris Fashion Week.

Albert Kriemler made a shirt the most important piece of this collection.

This shirt was paired with shorts, skinny pants or skirts.

We also saw leather gilets, shirt dresses, wide-leg pants, chic jackets, A-line dresses and billowing skirts with asymmetrical hemlines were presented on a mostly neutral colour palette, but we were also treated to a beautiful selection of floral print silks, sand, khaki, electric blue and denim.

The relaxed looks were so simplistic and elegant. This collection for the woman who wants to look chic and sophisticated without revealing too much of herself.

I was slightly confused by the Walter Steiger wedges.

They had a footbed which pointed downwards which I can imagine would be quite difficult to walk in, but the models did so with ease.

The other key accessory were the bags.

We saw the relaxed cervo called the ‘Ai’ bag which was carried like a clutch, and the ‘Anouk’ was a clutch which also had a long shoulder strap wrapped around the models wrist.

Front Row: Anna Wintour

Floral halter dress and azzuro blue silk jacket paired with white asymmetrical top and and wide legged pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, Sandra Bullock, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and Helen Mirren


Roland Mouret Spring 2011

Roland Mouret’s Spring 2011 collection presented us with soft feminine sensual pieces we have come to expect from the French designer.

We saw beautiful free flowing crepe and silk dresses alongside silk two-tone camisoles, oversized shirts, colour-block kimono pants, cashmere cardigans and pegged pants.

These separates gave the collection a sporty feel to the collection, which contrasted with below the knee dresses.

A lot of these dresses had open backs or keyhole details as the models long ponytails swished down the runway.

If you’re looking for something uber sexy, Mouret gave us some black bandages dresses and sexy backless dungarees which I can imagine will sell out the second they hit

I was delighted to see the green and white prints in this collection as we don’t often see prints from Mouret.

I loved the caped shoulders which looked like a parachute as the models took to the runway.

In the show notes, the designer announced that he will be opening a his first store on Carlos Place in Mayfair, London Spring 2011, just in time for his Mr by Roland Mouret menswear launch.

Some models had bold red lips, whilst others went au naturel.

All the model wore Christian Louboutin wooden platform heels.

Front Row: Sting and Trudie Styler

Favourites: Blue caped dress and taupe dress with draped neckline

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Heidi Klum, Carey Mulligan, Kate Beckinsale, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Angie Harmon, Anna Paquin and Olivia Wilde


Zac Posen Spring 2011

Zac Posen’s Spring 2011 collection was presentation this morning in Paris.

The salon at the Hotel Westin was the perfect setting for his collection which was inspired by the Marchesa Casati and the style of the French designer-socialite, Comtesse Jacqueline de Ribes.

When Karlie Kloss opened the show wearing red ombre feathered jacket with beetroot pants I was pleasantly surprised the show started so aggressively.

Zac then moved onto the sexy dresses I was expecting which were sheer, had cut out details and accented with feathers.

The ostrich feather theme continued through-out the collection appearing on gowns, jumpsuits, tweed jackets and sprouting from the hips of skirts and pants.

The red, black and orange colour palette gave the collection a rich, sensual luxurious feel.

Models stormed the runway with their hair in a classic French pleat and rouge lips.

The strappy sandals were by Manolo Blanhink and the chain cuffs were designed by Yaz Bukey.

Model highlight was Coco Rocha who walked for her designer pal. She always lights up the runway.

Front Row: Leigh Lezark and Miss J

Favourites: Red jumpsuit and black sheer cocktail dress with lilac embroidery

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Claire Danes, Megan Fox, Coco Rocha, Devon Aoki, Demi Moore, Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Richie, Zoe Kravitz and Kerry Washington


Elie Saab Fall 2010

The Elie Saab Fall 2010 presentation was the perfect way to end Fashion Month Week.

In the show notes it said “Pure, absolute black”.

I wondered if we were about to see an all black collection in the same manner as Saab’s all white Fall 2009 Couture collection, but that theory was dashed by Look 30 when a rich burgundy dress glided down the runway.

The other colours presented were leafy green, peacock blue, purple and mocha.

The first part of the presentation was full of form-fitting day wear, before moving to the haunted forest prints which I found to be really intriguing.

From the simple and refined looks we then saw the more extravagant looks Saab is known for.

Embellished gowns and cocktail dresses with keyhole and cut-out details lit up the runway. Taylor Swift would be happy to wear one of these pieces.

From the extravagant we then saw some beautiful tulle gowns which closed the show. Models looked light they were floating on clouds as they breezed down the runway.

The eggplant asymmetrical gown which was trimmed with lace had me breathless.

Elie never fails to deliver, which is why he will always be my red carpet king.

Be prepared to see many of these pieces on the red carpet.



Andrew Gn Fall 2010

Andew Gn’s Fall 2010 was held at the Les Beaux-Arts de Paris. The venue had a rich warm chocolate back drop and runway.

The looks which glided gown the runway were equally delicious.

Andrew was inspired by the Persanes Lettres written by Montesquieu. The collection had an eighteenth-century look, but Gn modernized it calling the collection “modern rococo.”

The Gothic military presentation started off with sensual velvets: skirts, coats, jacket and mini dresses.

The military touches came via the detailing on the jackets, the large buckled belts and the knee high boots which were accented with silver armor.

I’ve been surprised that ruffles have been such a huge trend for Fall. Gn presented them on coats, blouses, dresses and gowns.

I had to wait until Look 38 before I could drool over Gn evening gowns.

My favourites were the long sleeved navy blue gown, and the strapless silver gown with a lace overlay which was exquisite.

I couldn’t get enough of those cascading ruffles which snaked around the gown. I can see Kate Beckinsale going gaga over that gown.

Gn loves to present his look with cuffs, and this time they worked perfectly with the military theme. They came in silver, gold and the black ones were beautifully embellished.

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Gn invited me to his studio in Paris, where I got to see those small beautiful details up close. The beaded embroidery is sensational.



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.