05.03.12

Loewe Fall 2012

For Spring, Stuart Vevers gave us soft, buttery leather in neutral colours. For Fall 2012 it was black, black and more black, with a tough edge, a lot of attitude, whilst still staying true to the brand’s heritage.

Stuart described the Loewe woman as noble and aristocratic. He explained that black was heavily featured as he felt it gave the collection a feeling of strength and boldness.

We saw sumptuous coats and jackets in many guises, fur with leather trims, wool with leather pockets, bi-colour haircalf and wool jackets, boxy leather coats with pocket details, shearling-lined capes and a surprising addition of bomber jackets which I loved as it gave the collection a more easy off-the-cuff feel and a youthful touch.

Leather skirts – some with laser cut details, some textured and some pleated –were presented alongside nappa leather pleated dresses and wool separates and silk dresses.

In a sea of black, there were pops of baby pink, navy blue and dark brown.

Key accessories were the lizard wedges (I loved the pink ones), and of course the bags.

The standouts for me were the ‘Arco Baroque’ bag, the pink-lizard ‘Amazona’ clutch and the ‘Amazona Baroque 35’ bag.

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05.03.12

Sonia Rykiel Fall 2012

Sonia Rykiel’s Fall 2012 collection consisted of easy sporty pieces which had a surprisingly spring-like feel, but the black ear warmers worn by every model reminded you that this was a Fall collection.

We saw plenty of summery chiffon dresses alongside neutral chunky knits and shearling coats.

There was also a masculine-feminine split too, as boxy suits and double-breasted coats were presented alongside sweet sweaters over blouses, trompe l’oeil shirt dresses, fitted knitted pencil skirts worn low on the hips, belted long-sleeve dresses and sheer dresses with sexy thigh-high splits.

New creative director April Crichton very much captured the spirit of the Sonia Rykiel girl/woman.

Everything was easy and wearable with key accessories including ankle-strap wedges and shoulder bags.

The finale is always fun, as models get a chance to finally smile for the first time in four weeks.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightley, Jaime King and Rachel Bilson.

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05.03.12

Anne Valérie Hash Fall 2012

‘Le Smoking’ was given a brand new leash of life during the Anne Valérie Hash Fall 2012 presentation.

Several tuxedo-style looks were reinvented as Anne presented bi-colour tuxedo jackets which were paired with slouchy pants to offer up a new silhouette.

Some pants had an asymmetrical slanted line to give the appearance that the pants were falling off the waist.

Collars were detached to further upset the codes of tailoring.

Jumpsuits were also given the ‘Le Smoking’ treatment with my favourite being the slinky black shimmering look with satin lapels.

Bi-colour dresses with gathered details on the hip, chic separates with wrap-around cummerbund-like waistbands and a one-sleeve black velvet red-carpet-worthy look made up the rest of this presentation.

Models walked the runway in platform ankle boots, whilst their hair looked sleek at the front, but purposely messy at the back.

This collection was nonchalant and unexpected with an understated attitude.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Liv Tyler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Clemence Posey and Kate Bosworth

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05.03.12

Roland Mouret Fall 2012

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

02.03.12

Nina Ricci Fall 2012

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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02.03.12

Balmain Fall 2012

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

02.03.12

Manish Arora Fall 2012

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

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