26.01.12

Stéphane Rolland Spring 2012 Couture

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

26.01.12

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

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

26.01.12

Zuhair Murad Spring 2012 Couture

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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25.01.12

Armani Privé Spring 2012

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…

23.01.12

Atelier Versace Spring 2012

I died and went to heaven several times this morning during the Atelier Versace Spring 2012 presentation, which opened the Spring 2012 Couture season.

Karlie Kloss (my fave) was the first to gracefully navigate the tricky golden stairs in a form-fitting embroidered pearl-grey paillettes gown. The breath-taking gown with Chantilly lace panels on the side was encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

How she was able to walk down and then up the stairs to take her position at the side of the stairs in stacked heels I will never know, but she’s never looked more beautiful.

Fourteen more models followed in Karlie’s footsteps, equally smouldering with high blunt-cut ponytails, smoky eyes and full-on sexy face which J-Lo would be very proud of.

Speaking of J-Lo, there were many looks from this presentation with her name all over it.

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07.10.11

My Paris Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Paris was the final stop on the Spring 2012 tour bus, so here are my Top 11 looks from the shows I attended plus my highs and lows from Paree.

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Top 5 Shows: Balmain (a return to brilliance under a new designer), Elie Saab (award season gowns galore), Chloe (I want every piece), Alexander McQueen (I still have goose bumps) and Andrew Gn (Parisian elegance at its finest).

More Shows: I do very well in New York, so-so in London (despite living there) and very well in Milan, but Paris Fashion Week has always been a tough nut to crack. This season I finally felt embraced with first invites from Isabel Marant, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel and Chloé.

Alexander McQueen re-see: The day after the McQueen show I attended the re-see. I was even more blown away to see the collection up close. The pieces are so delicate and I was amazed at the couture-like workmanship that goes into each piece. The commercial collection provides Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with many wearable options. I think the new ‘Sedna’ clutch with a hidden skull clasp will become the new celebrity red carpet favourite.

Reader Love: After Chloé, Tina from BagSnob.com and I went to L’Imperial for a bottle (or two) of rosé. I was approached by two lovely ladies who told me how much they loved my blog and how they read it every day. They were so sweet and we took pictures together. It was really moving and by far my favourite moment of Fashion Month.

Andrew Gn: Sitting front row at Andrew Gn proudly wearing a look from his Fall 2011 collection.

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06.10.11

Elie Saab Spring 2012

Elie Saab’s Spring 2012 presentation once again closed fashion week.

The king of red carpet dressing presented a beautiful collection on a surprisingly colourful palette.

The show notes said ‘Color Shock’, so I was a tad confused that the first 10 looks were all beige; however, a rainbow of colours including sunflower yellow, peach, emerald green and a gorgeous Lapis blue soon followed.

Sexy daytime and eveningwear dresses and gowns were presented alongside feminine pantsuits with lace details, wide-legged jumpsuits, blouses paired with loose-fitted pants, tweed jackets and belted skirts.

For the red carpet, stars have many gorgeous gowns to choose from with the theme being ‘Sparkle n’ Plunge’.

I was on the edge of my seat as these embellished belted gowns took to the runway with daring, plunging necklines. You know I have a serious weakness for Elie’s bling.

I simply adored this colourful collection of feminine, sensual looks.

It was the show that provided the most glamour this fashion week and each look has a place at a premiere, photocall, film festival or royal wedding – and, if you’re Dita Von Teese, it would look good on the sidewalk too.

When it comes to chic red carpet looks, no one does it better.

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Key accessories included a range of leather and croc shoulder bags, minaudières and totes, plus colourful strappy sandals.

Front Row: Princess Beatrice and Siriwanwaree Nareerat of Thailand

Favourites: Sunflower yellow gown with two thigh-high splits and Lapis blue pant suit

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Hilary Swank, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Keira Knightley, Megan Fox, Leighton Meester, Datoka Fanning, Sofia Vergara, Blake Lively, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Anna Friel, Dita von Teese, Princess Beatrice, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Chastain, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Fan Bing Bing, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry

Credit: Style.com & Getty

05.10.11

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012

The Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 presentation was everything I imagined it would be: a haunting spectacle of brilliance which I found to be very emotional and quite moving.

Sarah Burton truly captured the spirit of McQueen like never before in this otherworldly sea-life-inspired collection.

The sea-life inspiration was evident from the ruffled hemlines of the tailored skirts and the twisted lapels of blazers which looked like sea sponges, plus coral pieces which were a shade of seashell.

Lee McQueen was obsessed by birds so Sarah paid homage to him by presenting bird-like creations. Feathers accented several looks and the pleated organza provided feather-like details.

We saw dramatic shapes on light lace and leather fabrics which gave us ladylike silhouettes with a fetish twist.

I was most impressed with the sharp Couture-like tailoring, which would be presented well on the red carpet by Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton.

Golden hues were mixed with lilac, gothic black, blush and ivory to provide the perfect colour palette for this classic yet modern collection.

Key accessories included lace masks which looked like seaweed tendrils which with covered just the models hair or they wore a full-faced mask which was accented with feathers, glass beads or dazzling jewels.

The models navigated the runway perfectly in sky-high wedges with a hallow detail.

I’m very excited that I will see this collection up close at the re-see later today.

Favourites: White dress with a gold bodice and the coral gown with a matching cape

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Fan Bing Bing, Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley