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05.03.10

Manish Arora Fall 2010

Manish Arora’s Fall 2010 presentation was dazzling to say the very least.

This season Manish was inspired by the Art Deco era where the past collides with the future resulting in a kaleidoscopic wave of colour.

The silhouettes were inspired by the 20s and 30s with the emphasis on dropped waists, fitted shapes, detailed shoulder enhancements and draping.

The colour palette included shades of green, purple, black, pinks and blues.

I loved the look with the asymmetrical peplum and the dress which had a patchwork qulited like dress.

Everything sparkled, dazzled and blinged. Even the models wore blinging wigs, if they didn’t have neon coloured wefts in their hair.

If you are thinking that these looks aren’t red carpet ready, Manish’s designs have been worn by Estelle, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Credit: Vogue

09.10.09

Front Row @ Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano

Dita von Teese attended the John Galliano show wearing a lavender embroidered Christian Dior Resort 2010 plunging dress which tied at the waist.

The beautiful star wore her dress with a lust worthy pair of silver Christian Louboutin Archidisco T-Strap sandals.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand officially showed that they were a couple at this event.

She glowed in the front row wearing a pink strapless gown which had a floral embroidery detail snaking around her waist.

Miu Miu

Kate Moss and boyf Jamie Hince were in the front row at Miu Miu.

On the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week it was very hot, so I admire Kate for wearing a turtle neck leather dress which must have been extremely uncomfortable.

She paired her dress with Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels and a studded belt from her Kate Moss for Topshop collection.

Renee Zellwegger was at Miu Miu wearing a LBD.

If the rumours about her and Carolina Herrera no longer working together are true, Renee would have been shopping for a new BFF designer in Paris.

Giambattista Valli

The bold Leigh Lezark wore a Giambattista Valli peacock feather coat which makes her look like big bird from Sesame Street.

Elettra Rosselini’s look is more demure in a red dress with black heels.

Credit: Style.com, Zimbio & Wireimage

08.10.09

RM by Roland Mouret Spring 2010


If you expected the RM by Roland Mouret Spring 2010 collection to be full of the body conscious dresses which made him famous, you were in for a surprise because the designer presented a much looser silhouette for the majority of the collection which draped beautifully on the models who walked the laser lit runway.

I was seated near the runway exit so I got to see a lot of the details up close from the folds, to the pleats, to the gathered details.

Protruding pockets seemed to be the theme of this collection, creating an interesting silhouette.

With a more colourful palette including orange and cobalt blue alongside, black, navy, grey and nude, Mouret presented loose pants, adorable floaty tops, plunging dresses, cropped pants, chic striped hoodies, harem pants, and jumpsuits.

If you were expecting bod-con this collection included some stretched pieces with black-and-white stripes or nude. This nude dress should be dubbed the “the naked dress” after Carrie Bradshaw’s famous dress.

I was particularly drawn to the mustard striped pieces, which I later found out when speaking to Mouret after the show that this was an North African influence.

The North African theme I also felt translated into the big chunky statement necklaces, fringed gold shoulders, cuffs and armlets which were really spikey.

After the show I went backstage where I saw uber model Karlie Kloss being interviewed.

I also got to see the accessories up close, and the Christian Louboutin cage ankle boots which the models had worn.

The designer himself – Mr Louboutin – was in the front row which I found very interesting as I had also spotted him at the Todd Lynn Spring 2010 show during London Fashion Week, where his red soled heels also stormed the runway.

Mouret said that the collection was not particularly inspired by anything or person. When he designs he thinks about new innovative ways to flatter the female form.

This collection goes on sale November 15. I better start saving.

Credit: Style.com & Wireimage

08.10.09

YSL Spring 2010

My Paris Fashion Week adventure started at YSL.

I was invited to the YSL showroom to view the straight-off-the Spring 2010 runway collection.

The collection was laid out in 4 parts which represented the sweet country-style brand classic white blouses and peasant skirts to an urban utilitarian looks which included leather shorts which were slashed. A trend we’ve seen in other presentations.

One thing I could appreciate viewing the collection this way was Pilati expert tailoring.

There were many dresses which were above-the-knee, poufy and belted plus shirt-dresses were also included.

Pants were loose and high-waisted. Shorts were presented in both leather and toweling material plus pencil skirt were both khaki and leather.

Monsieur Laurent classic masculine looks with the feminine ambiguity were evident by the look Iris Strubegger wore including wide pants, a ruffle collared blouse and cropped tuxedo jacket.

I loved that the collection included coral pinks, cornflower blue and forest green, as Stefano Pilati usually favours a palette of black, white and grey.

When I viewed the Spring 2010 collection on Style.com I’ll admit I didn’t get the strawberry reference, so I asked what it represented.

The strawberries reference Yves Saint Laurent’s last Spring 2001 Haute Couture presentation in which Monsieur Laurent embroidered strawberries, pineapples and cherries to blouses.

Seeing the collection up close I also noticed that the black leather skirt also had strawberry appliqués.

Another benefit of seeing the collection up close is that you appreciate all the finer details.

Look 9 appears to be white dress trimmed with black leather ruffles, but they were actually 2 separate dresses.

Many of the YSL Fall 2009 bags had a “Y” sewn, so I loved that Look 39 had this same sewn in detail on the skirt.

The accessories were just as magnificent as the clothes.  Cuffs looked like tree bark and thorned vines.

The suede and leather sandals were studded, detailed with roses, trimmed with white leather and came in a variety of colours.

Kate Moss was one of the celebrities in the front row.

She arrived in a high end-high street mix of a YSL Fall 2009 dark grey coat/cape, paired with a sheer top, a black mini skirt and a studded belt from her Kate Moss for Topshop collection.

Katy Perry’s look was head-to-toe YSL as she paired the leather bustier with dark grey pants which she tucked into her boots.

Natalia Vodianova also arrived wearing a YSL leather-wool mix, pairing her look with a gorgeous pair of black crocodile YSL Imperiale pumps from the Fall 2009 collection.

Credit: INF Daily, Style.com & Wireimage

08.10.09

More Elie Saab Spring 2010



This morning I woke up like a kid on Christmas Day, and my gift was to relive the Elie Saab Spring 2010 collection via Style.com.

Yesterday I gave you the video from the show, today the pictures.

As I said yesterday, each look was more spectacular than the previous.

Although I mentioned Beyonce yesterday, I would love to see someone statuesque like Tilda Swinton wearing the long pixelated print fitted gown.

Blake Lively could rock in the short asymmetrical print dress or the nude asymmetrical embellished mini and Thandie Newton in the plunging print mini.

The evening blue and nude gown I see on Penelope Cruz, and if Nicole Kidman could wear something other than what her stylist L’Wren Scott had created I would love to see her wearing the one-shouldered embellished gown.

I hope Rachel Zoe and all the other superstar stylists are selecting for their clients as I type.

Nelly Furtado looked gorgeous wearing a contouring dove grey wool crepe Elie Saab Fall 2009 dress.

Whilst Dita Von Teese looked ultra elegant in the front row wearing a chic black wool crepe fitted Elie Saab Fall 2009 dress, which has been modified from the runway.

Credit: Style.com