Focus… Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

No one has more fun with a Haute Couture collection than Jean Paul Gaultier. His FW 2012-13 Couture show held on Rue Saint Martin in Paris displayed the designer’s sense of drama and fashion flair with a collection brazenly designed, filled with corsets, top hats, embellished jumpsuits, three-piece suits updated with asymmetrical silhouettes, saucy cutouts, … Continue reading

Focus… Valentino Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Valentino presented a spectacular Haute Couture collection for FW 2012-13, working with an extravagant dark palette. The show was for some part inspired by Gustave Moreau who, according to the house, was a “lover of dark colours but never painted black.” Dark-hued luxury in rich brocade and midnight-navy silks dominated the show, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo … Continue reading

Favourite… Nicholas Oakwell Haute Couture Collection FW2012-13

Nicholas Oakwell is undeniably one to watch. Not only has this former milliner worked with names such as Dior, Katharine Hamnett & Amanda Wakeley, but his latest collection, SS2012 Couture, was unforgettable.  Nicholas Oakwell brought a touch of glamour to the Ballroom at Claridge’s in Mayfair. Blackout velvet encased four vignettes, creating the feel for the collection that … Continue reading

Focus… Elie Saab Haute Couture collection FW 2012-13

Elie Saab presented his Fall Winter 2012-13 Haute Couture collection on Wednesday in Paris, who is known for his red carpet creations, a collection inspired by Constantinople. Indeed the gold, shimmer and sparkle overflowed in the Paris reception hall on the Rue Cambon. “As if lifted from a palace along the banks of the Bosporus, Ottoman … Continue reading

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… Christian Dior Haute Couture FW 2012-13 by Raf Simons

 Raf Simons set the stage for his couture debut at Christian Dior yesterday in a series of mesmerizing rooms filled with flowers arranged by colours. Simons created a collection that interpreted Christian Dior’s 1947 design aesthetic for resolutely modern women living in 2012. The collection represented a New New Look some said, and with its generous … Continue reading

Focus… Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2012 in Paris

With dresses, gowns, billowing skirts, Bill Gaytten has chosen to play with the themes of shadows and light in the Haute Couture Spring 2012 collection described as “delightful, feminine and delicate”. He paired layers of chiffon, organza and gauze with a structure in corsetry, creating gorgeaous dresses in damson, black or beige with pleated bodice, … Continue reading