Greetings my sweet, sweet readers! Reviewing fashion week is definitely a delight, but it also requires a lot of hard work and time! And if Paris Week is the one you are covering, you need to work so much harder! But then there is that satisfaction, knowing people are actually reading and enjoying your work. That’s the biggest reward a blogger can get! We are halfway through with our shows, and then we can go back to normal, in the meantime I have for you 5 more! Let’s start!
CHLOÉ S/S 2102
If anyone ever doubted if ClareWaight Keller was a good replacement for Hannah McGibbon, after this collection it is safe to say that it was the best decision the french house could have made. Personally, it was one of my favorite collections in all Fashion Week (along with Meadham Kirchhoff, Prada, Vionnet, Jill Stuart and of course, Prabal Gurung). Although some people thought the designer’s debut was a bit safe and controlled, to me it was all so laid-back and effortless but at the same time it oozed elegance. The color palette: white, cream, nuetrals, pink, black and that beautiful and eye-catching aqua green.
Chiffon, pleated skirts with a lot of movement, slouchy trousers and shorts with a low-rise, wide belts sitting at the hips, striped prints, linen tops and floral embroidered blouses were among the things Miss Waight Keller presented for the season. It was a soft, femenine and lovely collection, but more importantly, it was so wearable and desireable that we will be seeing a lot of lucky gals showing it off next Spring.
NINA RICCI S/S 2012
Nina Ricci is always synonym for romance and this season it was just that. With a collection inspired by the Golden Age and with a 1960′s vibe, Peter Copping’s front row included three fashion royals, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and the always fabulous, Anna dello Russo. As expected from Nina Ricci, almost every look on the runway had some lingerie in it. Copping’s woman was not only classic and ladylike, but also seductive. As the creative director said, it was all so french and very chic.
The peplum was present again, pretty floral prints with a retro feeling to them, mid-length skirts (one of the biggest trends of the season), soft ruffles and a lot of leg! Lingerie played an important part in the show, it was inserted into pretty dresses, on skirts, in bras underneath perfectly tailored jackets, it was everywhere! The result was a femenine but audacious display of fashion. It was also both wearable and couture.
STELLA McCARTNEY S/S 2012
I dare say her past her collection was her best so far and also a tough one to break, but with this one she pobably outdid herself. For this season, the british designer went mini, mini. It was all about the legs. She went for the sporty trend (she is the designer for the Olympic Games UK uniforms) we have seen all over the catwalks this season. But to make it her own, she played with symmetry , uneven cuts and different textures and prints. Sheer was again present as well as the spots, but this time with a fascinating twist. It was a game between the masculine looks against those femenine ones.
She had Natalia Vodianova as a show opener and closer, and in between Miranda Kerr, the always stunning Anja Rubik and the VS angel, Candice Swaenpoel wearing her fabulous pajama prints and structured garments. Good one, Stella!
VALENTINO S/S 2012
During the last years, Valentino has become a consistent success on the runway. With creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri y Pier Paolo Piccioli, the brand has mantained Mr. Garavani’s eternal and classic style but adding it their own twist, an air of modernity and and some elements of surprise. This collection was just that, it screamed Valentino all over but even those expected red gowns fell into the unexpected. The show can be described as romantinc, but romantic with a touch of boldness. With models such as the lovely Freja Beha Erichsen walking the runway, it was a lace and sheer parade.
The dresses were dreamy and delicate and they gave us some major red carpet action paired up with flats (bold move, but it seemed to work). The execution and the detailing was falwlessly perfect. One of the inspirations was said to be Mexican embroidery, and as a Mexican it not only makes me proud of our craftmanship but it is also surprising to see their take on it. This collection has probably been the best so far for the designer duo and one of the best in PFW. I thought that green leather trench from a previous season was a tough one to break, well the red number above is quickly becoming a favorite as well. Well done guys!
VIONNET S/S 2012
My eyes fell in love with Vionnet this season and my body is screaming in need of that blue, floral print. This collection to me was beyond fabulous, because I found it to be different, and it was indeed. Inspired in the 1930′s, Rodolfo Paniagua really took us back in time. Everything was so bright and fresh, but more importantly it was all so elegant and beautiful. Floral prints, butterflies and shift dresses were among the things we saw on the runway.
Pencil skirts, a peplum, sequins and embellishments, stars and that evening gown display. If I were an actress and had to pick a dress for an award show, I would definitely go for one of this column numbers above (the one with the blue flowers on it has my name written all over). It was an obvious hit for Mr. Paniagua, too bad it was his las show for the brand. We are curious to see where Lucia and Barbara Croce will be taking the brand next season.
The leg flashing days are over, but then again so is Fashion Week. And since it was still a bit hot during PFW, I’m still allowed to publish two more tightless looks. It’s gonna be a long, cold winter so we may as well say goodbye to our still tanned, bare legs with a lot of style. With that in mind, I chose for the look a mini, mini feather skirt in navy blue from Robert Rodriguez (you can find it over at the outnet, it’s 60% off!). To make it a little more on the casual side (the skirt it’s a bit dramatic) I went for a camel sweater from Pringle of Scotland found also at THE OUTNET (70% off), tucked it in slightly only to cevr up the skirt’s black elastic waistband, For the shoes, Jeffrey Campbell’s Bronte platforms are just the missing piece on our puzzle!
For the purse, D&G’s handbag in Bordeaux makes for perfect arm candy. For jewelry, I am currently in love with everything that MAWI UK does, and this bracelet seems to be perfect for our outfit. The skull has been a trend for several seasons now, and the contrast between the gold, the ruby and the blue gems makes me think that this gorgeous piece was made for this PFW ensemble. For the lovely hands, I threw in our all time favorite ARTY ring from YSL and to twist things up a bit, this fierce Leopard one from ASOS. For the final touch, a deep green nail polish from Essie’s fall collection, which is amazing! The name is Power Clutch and you can find it here.
For all the details on today’s look, remeber to check out my list over at Fashiolista.com
So there you have it! Only one more post about PFW and we are D-O-N-E for the season! How aboout some Chanel, McQueen and Lanvin for the nex one? You likey? I love it!
Wishing y’all a happy Sunday (how very Southern Sookie Stackhouse of me), sweet kisses…