Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

After apparently insulting Amy Winehouse’s family with his homage [collection] to the singer during haute couture fashion week back in January we wondered where Jean Paul Gaultier was heading next for his autumn/winter 2012/13 collection.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

However luckily for him there was no backlash this time, instead a supportive flurry of reviews including a quotation from Vogue’s Harriet Quick whom stated that: “There were great metallics and an urban layering feel. I loved the gold and bronzes.”

She was referring of course to the graffiti inspired invite and the collection which evolved around it. JPG began by opening his show with a theatre sized curtain with an edgy yet chic background setting. This led swiftly onto a collection which seemed to be led by outerwear, more notably jackets in every shape and form: baseball, biker, evening, blazer, gilets and more, there seemed to be something for everyone.

These woman had a rock chick edge and although adorning fabulously tailored clothing seemed like they had been out all night and looked fabulous for doing so. Their hair was centrally or side parted with fluro dashes of colour painted on top; something we could imagine someone like Alice Dellal adorning come winter.

This then moved onto crazy prints in leather and python skin which were seen on matching suits and/or skirts and tops with oversized stitches in-between. For the more alluring night creature there were leather leggings, matched with cropped fur coats and a selection of gold lame and sequined pieces.

To end the show JPG wowed with a range of black and velvet evening gowns complete with thigh high split (just like Angelina) and an assortment of lace constructed pieces with bare skin showing through. Goth or glam, who cares, it was all worth seeing…

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Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

On Friday it was Christian Dior’s turn to host their autumn/winter 2012/13 collection, and with rumours rife that both Stefano Pilati (whom had left Yves Saint Laurent) and Raf Simons (who had shown his last collection for Jil Sander) may both be possibilities of taking over this heritage fashion house they were once again squashed by Bill Gaytten who continued to show for his second R-T-W season at Dior.

CHRISTIAN DIOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

CHRISTIAN DIOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

Last season it was all about the 1950s glamour and this continued again with cinched and belted waists under a cascade of peplum tops, dresses and skirts alongside lady-like leather gloves worn to the elbows.

A selection of houndstooth print jackets were incorporated alongside pleats, fur coats and a palette which ranged from dusky pink to midnight blue. Silk was shown throughout on bows, skirts, dresses and panels which streamed down dresses.

There was also block colour coats with a finale of Oscar worthy gowns swathed in tulle and completed with chiffon with corseted and silk tops.

Milan Fashion Week: Versace autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

For spring/summer 2012 Donatella Versace (in my eyes) can do no wrong. I was mesmerised by her brilliant aquatic ‘under the water’ theme and hypnotised by beautiful brights, sea prints and sheer pieces.

VERSACE AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

VERSACE AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

For autumn/winter 2012/13 however the designer has decided to switch t0 goth glam. Models skulked down the runway in velvet, stark black clothing with embossed crucifixes, studs and leather materials whilst fishnet thigh-high and knee-high boots (in the same style as tights) came with a whole new seam down the front of the leg.

Donatella threw caution to the wind as she noted that her collection was “a sexy rock vibe against a backdrop of dark seduction”. She wasn’t wrong as this is what I imagine women wearing if we were all were cast in a role as sexy seductresses in Blade Trinity.

Sequin jumpers, leather skirts and dresses and velvet concoctions all embossed or hand printed into the clothing. There was also a selection of chain mail, biker jackets and alligator coats with fringing fur on the shoulders and arms, with dashes of sunshine yellow, bright orange and neutral tones; some pieces were even stitched to produce a Frankenstein effect on dresses. However, the real predator of the night will be the woman adorning these sexy pieces come autumn…

Milan Fashion Week: Prada autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

When I first saw this collection last week I couldn’t help but think there was pieces missing from Austin Powers wardrobe due to the psychedelic and harlequin prints used. However, the more I see it, the more I think that Prada’s colour clash is a perfect pick-me-up for winter. 

Suits in orange, beige, blues and chocolate consisted of three-quarter length coats or jackets with slim fitting cropped trousers alongside sleeveless tunic dresses (worn with trousers underneath), which were split up the front – all in mosaic prints. Aside from this there were also block colour suits in bright orange and navy blue as well as crop tops and skirts with side ties.

Aside from the aforementioned there was a selection of black staple pieces ranging from workwear to evening wear; all with geometrically arranged stones blazoned across. Models also adorned dip-dyed hair extensions in a variety of colours with heavy eye make up. Fab and fun, this is one collection that will surely be filtering into high street stores soon. 

To view the collection click below

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2012/ready-to-wear/prada/full-length-photos

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Firstly huge apologies for the delay in posting. During London Fashion Week I had the opportunity of attending lots of shows and parties / launches that I am desperate to tell you all about but first I wanted to get something online about Milan Fashion Week. 

Launching last Wednesday – the same day as London Fashion Week showed its menswear collections – a large list of both international and Italian fashion designers were all set to show. First up was Gucci who sent social networking site Twitter into a storm as editors alike tweeted about the fabulous plum carpet that was set up for models to walk down. The colourful flooring however did take reference from the collection with a nod to military style coats with brass buttons and a selection of velvet that was used throughout on skirts, dresses, trousers and all-in-ones. 

Evening wear was the pinnacle of the range where designer Frida Giannini worked her theme of modern day romanticism. Dresses flowed eloquently as models store down the catwalk in Oscar worthy gowns leaving sheer fabrics flowing behind them and ruffles and floral appliqués swathed across. 

With a black, berry, purple and green palette there was something for everyone and not forgetting the winter theme Giannini also threw in a few oversized (expensive looking) fur coats just for good measure. 

label.m collaborates with Vodafone at London Fashion Weekend

For industry insiders whom are lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week we all know that the TONI&GUY blow dry bar is our safe haven to detangle any stressful situation or prepare us for a hard day ahead when working on 0 hours sleep due to writing, uploading and editing posts, videos and catwalk images.

However, now the clever people at label.m (who are also heavily on-hand during LFW) have twigged on and are planning to bring you the best hair care experience during London Fashion Weekend (23-26 February 2012). Set in Somerset House and to help celebrate their 16th season as a backstage session favourite, award winning haircare brand label.m is not only being exclusively stocked at the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend on-site TONI&GUY salon but is also bringing you a brand new Makeover Bar which offers advice, tips, dry styling and hair revamps from TONI&GUY’s professional styling team. Alongside this there will also be a retail area which will be dedicated to helping clients’ achieve iconic fashion looks as well as receiving a personal product recommendation.

There are three main iconic styles to choose from which include the Sweep, the Fishtail Plait and the Top Knot. Alongside expert advice label.m will also be offering all guests an exclusive 30% discount and a free prescripted product for all customers. This is also the first time also that label.m will be showcasing their brand new luxururious Therapy Age-Defying collection which is specifically designed to help restore hair back to its most healthiest state.

For more information or to book tickets and see prices for the pop-up salon please visit londonfashionweekend.co.uk/ticket-information