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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Dear Mr. Saab, I am running out of superlatives to express how much I admire your work.

Yesterday the red carpet maestro sprinkled his no doubt bejewelled wand to create yet another amazing Couture collection for Spring 2012.

The front row was double booked as everyone wanted to see which looks celebrities stylists will be fighting over for their clients this awards season.

Apart from the embellished gowns and mini dresses which came in many beautiful forms, I loved the selection of floral pieces.

Mr Saab doesn’t often do prints, so this was particularly exciting for me.

I noticed some mini trends during this collection, such as capes draped over the models’ shoulders creating a train on the gowns, and voluminous skirts which gave the looks a strong silhouette like the white gown above.

On a colour palette of pink, mint green, sky blue, lemon, ice white and coral, nearly every look was embroidered with tulle flowers or delicate lace petals.

The contemporary majestic bride glowing with hints of pink closed the show.

Usually you have to put a gun to my head to pick a favourite, but these two gowns did it for me.

The first floral print gown would look amazing on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I can picture Fan Bingbing and even the petite Sarah Jessica Parker in this gown.

I’m praying to see the second gown on the red carpet. This my pick for Hilary Swank.

Front Row: Sonam Kapoor, Berenice Bejo and Olga Kurylenko

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Angelina Jolie, Emmy Rossum, Mila Kunis, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Olsen, Sonam Kapoor, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Lane, Shailene Woodley, Jane Fonda, Felicity Jones, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Tilda Swinton, Kery Washington, Katy Perry, Keira Knightley, Hilary Swank, Catherine Zeta Jones and Cate Blanchett

Ginger McKenna, Sharon Stone’s character in Martin Scorcese’s movie, Casino, was the inspiration behind Zuhair Murad’s Spring 2012 Couture collection.

The Zuhair Murad woman has a luxurious lifestyle which begins at 11pm.

She’s powerful, sexy, has a diva attitude and isn’t afraid of anything, which are the key things needed to pull off these high-octane looks.

The presentation started off with a gold corseted piece with other sexy looks which will please his celebrity fans such as Jennifer Lopez.

Nude gowns with gold or black beadwork, strapless gowns with mermaid silhouettes, fully embellished gowns with plunging necklines, a jumpsuit with a tulle peplum which lead into a flowing train, and many mini dresses were presented.

The colour palette was mostly gold and nude, with black, pink, white and glacier blue also in the mix.

It wasn’t all uber sexy. I fell in love with a gorgeous pretty, powdery pink strapless gown with chiffon overlay skirt with rose appliqués at the hemline.

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Even with a celeb-filled front row, I was totally entranced by the Armani Prive Spring 2012 collection.
Each piece was timeless and elegant, but done in a futuristic, chic way.

Green was the colour du jour, with every shade in the green family on display, from lime to chartreuse to forest green. It is an unlikely colour to base a full collection on, but it worked as the green goddesses took to the runway in slinky bedazzling gowns, one-shoulder cocktail dresses, peak-shouldered jackets paired with sleek pants or swirled skirts and dresses with a black satin bodice and tea-length skirt.

The highlights were the models who took to the runway wearing extravagant ball gowns with jewel bodices and snakeskin-print skirts. I also loved the strapless gowns with Swarovski crystal net jackets slung over the models’ shoulders.

One model looked like an otherworldly sea creature that had risen from the sea with a green algae-like bolero. We all craned our necks to get a closer look at this spectacular piece. Read more…




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