03.10.12

Alexander McQueen Spring 2013

There is always a buzz of excitement before any Alexander McQueen show, but for Sarah Burton’s Spring 2013 collection this was quite literal, as prior to the presentation the soundtrack was just that: the sound of buzzing bees.

When the first model took to the runway wearing a honeycomb beekeeper hat and a hive-like fabric ensemble…the inspiration became clear.

This truly amazing collection featured signature tailored jackets with cinched-in waists. On this occasion the tortoise belts looked like they were made from honey.

There were many other clever bee, beekeeper, honey and honeycomb references demonstrated on fitted dresses with caged honey-like peplums, a honey corset with bejewelled detailing paired with shorts, honeycomb jacquard suits and the finale gowns which ranged from sweet decorative pieces to dramatic embellished gowns to full-on ballgowns.

Despite the inventiveness and uniqueness of the collection, it was totally wearable so I’m hopefully we will see these pieces on a red carpet very soon.

Front Row: Anna Wintour and Salma Hayek

Favourites: Black corseted gown with a jeweled high collar and double peplum vest paired with shorts

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Florence Welch, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathway and Tilda Swinton

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03.10.12

Giambattista Valli Spring 2013

If you are looking for chic feminine tailoring with oodles of Parisian flare, then look no further than the Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 collection.

Presented on a colour palette of black, red, white and gold, the collection was fresh and refined with both elegant day and evening pieces with everything feeling very light, even the embellished pieces.

For day, the designer presented ankle-cropped pants, vests, LBDs, wrap skirts, cocoon-shaped jackets, short-sleeved jumpsuits, tailored suits and lady-like dresses.

For the red carpet, things got a little more risqué with an array of sheer pieces, which may or may not be lined by the time they hit the red carpet.

I think in most cases celebs could carry off these sheer pieces as presented on the runway, especially the one with the floral appliqués.

There was also a chic white peplum dress, a gorgeous red dress with a tulip skirt, an embellished gold crop top and skirt plus a floral appliqué dress I would like to also see on the red carpet.

Key accessories included metallic pointy pumps, bracelets and clutches with a GBV logo.

Front Row: Rachel Zoe, Anna Dello Russo, Leigh Lezark, Bianca Brandolini d Adda and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Embellished top with sheer floral skirt and white sheer dress with red lace embroidery

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, Dree Hemingway,Dasha Zhukova, Carey Mulligan, Kirsten Dunst and Camilla Belle

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01.10.12

Balmain Spring 2013

Bold and graphic was the key to Olivier Rousteing’s Spring 2013 collection for Balmain.

The highly bedazzled pieces the house is known for were replaced somewhat by bright harlequin patterns plus heavy crocheted and embroidered pieces.

Oliver was inspired by Cuba and its ‘Latin sensuality’, but I have a feeling he was also inspired by Dynasty’s Krystle Carrington and Alexis Colby-Carrington judging by the shoulder pads which were bold, supersized and wide.

Linebacker wide, which will look great in editorials, on the models who wear Balmain religiously off-duty and the editors who borrow the pieces from their office closet.

Anna Dello Russo will of course rock the hell out of this collection, but will celebs be snapping up these bold shouldered pieces for the red carpet?

Time will tell. Whoever she is, she will be a type who likes to take risks.

Crop-tops, leather pants, matador style-jackets, mini-dresses, fitted pants, leather jackets, and a selection of denim pieces took to the runway.

Key accessories included oversized belts, perforated open-toe booties, patent pumps and harlequin cut-out ankle boots.

Front Row: Dree Hemingway, Anna Dello Russo, Rachel Zoe and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Tuxedo jacket with leather pants and white halter crop top and leather pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Fan Bingbing, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Lady Gaga

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01.10.12

Carven Spring 2013

When we think of Guillaume Henry‘s Carven, we think of cute, whimsical dresses and his signature Peter Pan collars, but for Spring 2013 he gave us those things and so much more.

That’s because the Carven girl has grown up. She now wears chic suits, tailored blazers and longer skirts.

Heart-shaped motifs were either laser cut into sharp blazers or embroidered into dresses, to ensure that the newly grown up Carven girl still has a playful edge.

On a Fall-like colour palette of black, navy, grey and maroon, the collection brightened up midway through with a selection of prints before moving on to shades of nude and beige.

Dresses had cool cut-outs, fit-and-flare silhouettes, tea-lengths and long-sleeved shifts.

I particularly loved the laser-cut leather pieces for an edgier flare and the midriff baring A-line dresses.

Key accessories included chunky ankle strap platforms, platform loafers and leather clutch.

Front Row: Anna Wintour, Dree Hemingway and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Printed strapless dress and embroidered blue dress with cut-out detail

Who I Would Like To See Wearing This Collection: Alexa Chung, Michelle Williams, Solange Knowles, Emilia Clarke, Miranda Cosgrove, Kate Perry, Jessica Chastain, Cameron Diaz, Michelle Dockery, Dree Hemingway and Datoka Fanning

05.07.12

Elie Saab Fall 2012 Couture

The Elie Saab Fall 2012 Couture presentation ended my short trip to Paris for Couture Week.

I’m always a bit nervous before an Elie Saab show as I ask myself, ‘What if I don’t like it?’

I didn’t like it, I loved it. Before I could pick myself up off the floor from Karlie Kloss’ stunning opener, another breathtaking gown hit the runway.

Elie may have given us a lot of daywear for ready-to-wear, but it was back to full-on glamorous gowns for Couture.

Inspired by the ‘imperial splendour’ and Ottoman motifs of Constantinople, the colour was surprisingly summery in parts with soft pink, nude, coral and sky blue presented alongside gold, black and teal blue.

The shapes and silhouettes varied from full-length, knee-length sheaths and flirty flared dresses with thin belts nipping in the model’s’ tiny waist.

Every celeb from Elle Fanning to Helen Mirren could select a look or two from this collection, as the designer covered all the bases – even a blushing bride who closed the show wearing an organza-embossed gown with gold brocade leaves.

This season I was most blown away by the embellished details. The magpie in me just couldn’t get enough. Sequins and beads adorned most of the looks which dazzled or gave an antique, vintage feel to the pieces.

My wish list is super long, so here is the edited version.

Who I Want To See Wearing This Collection: Emily Blunt, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett, Rachel McAdams, Lea Michele, Bérénice Marlohe, Zoe Saldana, Katie Holmes, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively and Nicole Kidman.

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