Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Roland Mouret’s Fall 2012 collection was inspired by the ‘big freeze’ – the winter that chilled Paris to the core in 1947.

Cue ladylike layers featuring fur jackets and boleros over sharply tailored pieces, wool vests over turtlenecks, oversized coats, long gilets with oversized hand-warming pockets, and chic separates.

Forties-style dresses with signature origami-style folds and exposed zippers were the highlight of the presentation. I especially loved the dresses with reindeer motifs dancing over them.

The silhouettes were a bit looser compared to previous seasons, with a few looks featuring peplums, which continue to be a Fall trend.

I loved the fresh waft of soft yellow and blue pastels within this fall collection amongst the seafoam green, black, slate grey and dove grey.

During this presentation, Roland Mouret debuted his new shoe line for Fall 2012. We saw six separate styles ranging from pumps to knee-high boots. Each shoe has an “R” shape formed by the heel and curve of the platform sole, when viewed from the side.

As always, Mr Mouret presented a seductive yet elegant collection which takes women from day to night. The looks are perfect for photocalls, TV appearances and premieres.

His number one fan, Amy Adams, will no doubt be one of the first celebs to snap up this collection.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Carey Mulligan, Jessica Biel, Viola Davis, Naomi Watts, Cat Deeley, Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson

Upon arrival at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, prior to the Nina Ricci Fall 2012 presentation, we were met by a candlelit walkway which was very romantic as night fell in Paris.

Once we arrived in the venue we were once again seduced by the dim lighting and chandeliers which hung from the ceiling.

Peter Copping was inspired by a vision of a young girl exploring her mother’s and grandmother’s wardrobe.

She playfully mixes up, unpicks, re-sews and cuts up the pieces, presenting a contemporary collection of elegant items.

We saw a lot of tweed alongside silk, cashmere, silk chiffon, touches of fur and lots of sheer pieces.

Slip dresses and skirts were presented double splits with the right side lined. Sheer blouses were styled under chunky tweed skirt suits. Fur collars accented luxe wool coats and pencil skirts were worn low on the hips, as they would do if a young girl was playing dress up in mother’s clothes.

Key accessories included: lace-up boots, chic Mary Janes and a fur stoles with attached gloves.

I loved the bags. The ‘Smile’ was presented in patchwork python and quilted deerskin. The ‘La Rue’, which is a gorgeous grained calfskin or crocodile bowling bag will surely be a best seller, and the ‘VIP’, which is a bow-accented compact case decorated with coloured rhinestones which we will most definitely see on the red carpet.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Williams, Ashley Greene, Clemence Poesy, Keira Knightley, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston


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Olivier Rousteing’s second season as creative director of Balmain proved to be more spectacular than the first.

With the French designer taking inspiration from the Fabergé eggs Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor, cue quilted signature military-inspired jackets, and skin-tight dresses adorned with pearls, crystals and beads.

I loved the rich baroque prints with leather lacing and pearl embellishments.

Pearls were everywhere, expect for the rich velvet pants, dresses and skirts, which were Balmainified with chunky belts with gold hardware.

We also saw leather jackets, tuxedo jackets with satin lapels and pyjama-style pieces covered with pearl embroidery. These were my favourite pieces within the collection.

The collection was part androgynous, part ultra-sexy with sleek silhouettes on a colour palette of rich forest green, nude and black.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Zoe Saldana has already placed her order for several pieces from this collection.

Front Row: Anna Wintour and Anna Dello Russo

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Tilda Swinton, Celine Dion, Noomi Rapace, Zoe Saldana, Ciara, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Halle Berry, Emmanuelle Alt and Zoe Kravitz

Brooklyn-based graffiti master Judith Supine served as the inspiration for Manish Arora’s colourful Fall 2012 presentation.

Proceedings were kick-started with graffiti artists working their magic on a white backdrop which lined the runway.

Models then took to the runway wearing a selection of looks on a colour palette of sapphire blue, neon pink, citrus orange and black.

We saw fit-and-flare graffiti dresses and skirts, bomber jackets, metallic drop-waist dress with tutu skirts, printed pants, oversized coats, metallic laser-cut dresses and fur jackets.

Amongst the graffiti prints were floral appliqués, smoking-red lip motifs and psychedelic prints.

Models walked the runway with a collection of Nicholas Kirkwood for Pollini open-toe ankle boots.

Nicholas Kirkwood is one of the designers who will be part of this year’s British Designers Collective at Bicester Village

The show ended with models lining up against the now-completed ‘Life Is Beautiful’ graffiti backdrop, blending in like urban chameleons.

The whole show somehow reminded me of Neneh Cherry’s Buffalo Stance video. I’m surprised that wasn’t the soundtrack for this presentation.

Front Row: Zandra Rhodes and Anna Dello Russo

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Anna Paquin Winona Ryder, Zooey Dechanel, Bonnie Wright, Corinne Bailey Rae, Fan Bingbing, Mia Wasikowska, Selena Gomez, Fearne Cotton, Eliza Doolittle, Jessie J and Rihanna

Credit: Photos belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Alexandre Vauthier’s Spring 2012 Couture collection may have been on a softer colour palette of mint green, lavender and white, but it still projected his usual sexy, futuristic vision.

White fringed dresses, pastel chiffon gowns and draped tops over fitted pants slotted in-between LBDs with bold shoulders paired with PVC pants and black dresses with cut-out and thigh-high splits.

At first I was shocked that the models had protruding hip bones, but by the third look I realised that the hips had been deliberately exaggerated.

Fur accents in pastel colours to match the dresses adorned the models’ shoulders, whilst neckpieces encrusted with Swarovski Elements provided the perfect juxtaposition of soft fabrics.

Each model wore Christian Louboutin PVC heels with different colour top-caps.

Front Row: Beth Ditto

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles, Jessie J, Angelina Jolie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Blake Lively and Megan Fox

Stéphane Rolland can always be relied upon to serve up sophisticated looks with explosive effects. Hence Lady Gaga is a big fan.

For Spring 2012 the couturier was inspired by the work of kinetic artist Michel Deverne.

On a colour palette of black, white, red and lime green, silhouettes were kept simple with highly sculptural and exaggerated flounces.

He continues to push the envelope with architectural details and daring cut-outs whilst sticking to his signature dramatic trains and metallic gold accents.

Yasmin Le Bon closed the show wearing a blood-red gown.

She was escorted up the runway by two handsome men, not because the designer was worried the supermodel would get mobbed, but to ensure the gown was artfully displayed along the full length of the runway.

The gown, which weighed over 100 lbs, looked heavy, but the supermodel didn’t let it show.

Favourites: White and red cap-sleeve mermaid gown and black gown with gold accents

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles, Tilda Swinton, Liv Tyler, Kelly Rowland, Rooney Mara, Angelina Jolie and Eva Green

Credit: Stephane Rolland

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