Focus… Armani Privé Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Armani Privé’s Haute Couture FW 2012-13 collection showed  elegance through a dramatic crescendo, from a restrained start to a grand finale. Understated at first with silhouettes reminiscent of the 1940s, tailored, wide-edged and wide-shouldered, then the collection worked its way through colour blocks and volumes that were more a nod to the ’80s, before the embellishments … Continue reading

Focus… Chanel Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Karl Lagerfeld chose the Grand Palais again to roll out a runway for his Chanel Haute Couture FW 2012-13 collection, as an ode to vintage Chanel. Lagerfeld brought back the fashion house’s age-old association with textiles. The classic tweed suit in an elegant silhouette came across in its finest form, along with an abundance of the … Continue reading

Focus… Iris Van Herpen Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Iris Van Herpen’s extraordinary Haute Couture collection for Fall 2012-13 takes us on a voyage to other worlds and crossing the boundaries of dress construction and materials. Drawing most of her inspiration from Nature, the Dutch designer presented sculpted body armours made of copper, acrylic or leather with a very strong organic feel. Working in … Continue reading

Focus… Bags and Shoes from Paris Fashion Week

Fashion Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the constant stream of runway inspiration has to end. From the lucite-heeled Mary Jane booties at Chanel to the pastel fur briefcases at Dior, the accessories on offer last week in Paris were some of the best of the season — and are sure to be … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Elie Saab

  Elie Saab showed a wide range of daywear and a beautiful bevy of red-carpet gowns for Fall 2012. With models clad in long hair and blunt bangs, the show kicked off with a multitude of ladylike skirt suits, loose-cut trousers, and fur coats. Casual dresses followed suit, highlighting a range of form-fitting colorblocked sheath dresses … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada sent a myriad of menswear-inspired suits down Miu Miu‘s Fall 2012 runway. The tailored looks got a whimsical kick via colorful hexagonal patterns, wide stripes, retro tapestry and flashy plaid prints, and ultra-bejeweled embellishments. As always with Miu Miu, accessories are not to be overlooked; for the Fall think top handle doctor bags … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Louis Vuitton

 Marc Jacobs pulled out all the stops for Louis Vuitton‘s Fall 2012 collection. The show kicked off with an actual custom-made train steamrolling its way onto the runway. When it came to a full stop, models stepped off (with cute little porters carrying their decadent LV luggage) wearing an array of ladylike silhouettes showcasing Marc … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Alexander McQueen

Stepping into a fantasy world that only the McQueen house can create is indeed something to behold.  This season was most certainly a feathery affair – inspired by fungi, apparently – as intricate layers sprayed over each other with fan-like effect.  Statement dresses covered in ostrich feathers payed homage to Lee’s love of all things … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld plays in tweed, sporty silhouettes, and whimsical layers and texture (and bejeweled eyebrows) for Chanel‘s Fall 2012. Lagerfeld sets his catwalk in a snowy white cave, done up in crystal embellishments that mirrored the life-size versions set on the runway. That in itself set the mood for whimsy, which only became more pronounced in … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Chloé

Clare Waight Keller put on a refined yet romantic show at Chloé yesterday, as the designer paraded pretty pastel hues and no-fuss flirtiness on exaggerated, over-sized silhouettes. Bold red trousers, tailored with an expert drape, were teamed with a delicate cream lace top, while layers of blush pinks and peaches added a feminine edge enlarged bomber … Continue reading