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Giambattista Valli Spring 2011

At Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2011 presentation you couldn’t move without bumping into a gorgeous socialite.

They came from Italy, France and New York to support the designer known for making amazing dresses for sexy chic young fashionistas.

They wouldn’t have been disappointed as there was plenty for them to choose from.

On a neutral colour palette with pops of orange, mustard and leopard print, Giambattista Valli presented a retro chic collection of minis and breath-taking gowns.

Tunic dresses, shift dresses, high-waisted capri pants, flowing gowns, gowns with tulip-shaped skirts, a T-shirt paired with a skirt made of organza petals, a bandage skirt worn over a shirt-dress and a cropped jacket paired with an oversized pocketed skirt was presented.

I was most impressed with the details.

The embroidery and floral prints really stood out for me. White embroidery was even added to some of the animal prints to add more texture to the look.

Silver metallic pockets was another detail which complemented the silver necklaces, waistbands and cuffs the models wore.

We can all rejoice as flats continue to be the seen on the runway during the Spring 2011 presentations.

The age of crazy heels that even models can’t walk in seem to be over.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Margherita Missoni, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Eugenia Niarchos, Astrid Munoz and Charlotte Dellal

Favourites: Mustard floral dress with organza petal bodice and biege shift dress with metallic pocket detail

Who I See Wearing This Collection: All of the socialites above, Zoe Saldana, Thandie Newton, Amber Heard, Jennifer Aniston, Lea Michele, Jessica Biel, Victoria Beckham, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Diane Kruger, Leighton Meester, Rinko Kikuchi and Fan Bingbing


Martin Grant Spring 2011

Martin Grant’s Spring 2011 collection had a retro feel to it.

The designer presented perfectly cut cocktail dresses and red carpet gowns.

We also saw strapless jumpsuits, trench coats worn as dresses, strapless rompers and tailored suits.

Oversized pockets created an interesting silhouette by exaggerating the hips.

Models walked the runway with Louboutin heels and ankle boots as they smoldered with their red hot lips.

Favourites: Tan leather trench coat and fuchsia pink one shoulder gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jessica Alba, Sophia Bush, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kyra Sedgwick


Paule Ka Spring 2011

The Paule Ka Spring 2011 collection was presented in their store on Rue Saint Honore.

On entry we were greeted with a glass of champagne and a slide show of the collection.

At the back of the store the collection was draped on mannequins allowing us to see all the details up close.

The fun sporty collection was full of interesting colours, shapes and fabrics.

Orange, nude, black, red, acid green, yellow and black and white stripes were presented alongside one floral print tunic with a nude skirt.

Finer details include bow collars, pockets which become accessories, a cloak turns into a trompe l’oeil, a scarf into a skirt and the flounces were upside down.

We saw sleeveless dresses over long skirts, bolero jackets, bubble coats, feathered trapeze dresses, vests, and sharp pants.

Large silver buttons seemed to feature on most pieces.

Favourites: Red feathered dress and orange tunic dress with embroidered details

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Emma Stone, Brandy, Lily Collins, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Amber Heard

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Andrew Gn Spring 2011

Andrew Gn’s Spring 2011 collection was inspired by the late 60s and early 70s after a trip to London’s Portobello Road.

The soft elegant feminine collection had an eyelet theme in cotton, silk georgette and silk crepe in a variety of colours.

This theme was presented in blouses, dresses and tiered maxi skirts.

We also saw many pieces with ivy-leaf cut-out details which appeared on sleeves, pockets and pants.

Against the purple backdrop we saw a white, violet, magenta, black and coral colour palette.

Linen blouses with puff sleeves, linen pants, jackets with guipure pockets, jersey dresses with flared sleeves, trench coats, floral dresses with rosette details and ruffled gowns were presented.

Models all wore deep red lippie with blown out hair.

The main accessory apart from the Louboutin heels were the head wear which ranged from turbans, head-scarfs and floral hats.

Favourites: Magenta ruffled gown and green gown with flutter sleeves and rosette detail

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Monaghan, Claudia Schiffer and Maggie Gyllenhaal


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