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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2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Looking remarkably like his character from Interview with the Vampire (1994) – aside from the smart black tux – Brad Pitt emulated his mysterious and sexy side as he stepped out with partner Angelina Jolie at the Screen Actors Guild Awards which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles yesterday evening.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the SAG Awards 2012If rumors are to be believed then Pitt’s soon to be wife also decided upon a stark black halter neck creation – a far cry from the traditional bridal white she may adorn later this year? Looking happy and healthier, Jolie matched her eye make-up too choosing a smoldering shimmer with nude lips and gold accessories.

Natalie Portman also wowed on the red carpet in a claret coloured Giambattista Valli spring/summer 2012 couture gown complete with Harry Winston jewels and Jimmy Choo heels. Actress Michelle Williams – who seems to be the one to watch on the red carpet at the moment – also selected a bright pillar box red lace gown by Valentino.

Alongside the A-list elite Zoe Saldana additionally managed to get hold of a Givenchy Haute Couture gown which was hot off the press from Paris haute couture fashion week (last week) by Riccardo Tisci choosing to match it with Tiffany and Co. jewellery.

Lace was again another big trend on the carpet with Stacy Keibler (George Clooney’s girlfriend) in a black lace Marchesa gown while Emma Stone adopted Alexander McQueen.

Glee star Lea Michele also ‘sexed up’ her style in a silver/grey Versace gown with thigh-high slit, topped off with a tousled hair and bright pink lips.

Atelier Versace opens Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2012

This luxurious Italian brand has not shown in Paris since 2004 and yesterday, as editors from around the globe disembarked upon Paris, Atlelier Versace was re-born to show their latest collection at Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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Showing their spring/summer 2012 range under a scrutiny of famous faces which included U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, actresses Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger and Abbie Cornish designer Donatella Versace looked on calmly as a cascade of warrior style women approached the catwalk. To start Versace teamed sci-fi style biker jackets covered in lace and lined panels with matching hot pants; both adorning gold metal trims and complete with thigh-high lace boots (or what seemed to be a mixture of lace half cut stocking over fabulous high heeled courts). This then ensued with almost felt style bodices in bright sunshine yellow; again with futuristic designs and tailoring.

The designs then proceeded onto a selection of short cocktail dresses with ruffled peplum waists and brocade materials in gold, glacier blue and greys all encased with intricate beading, sequins and detailing that would not have looked out of place on Xena: Warrior Princess.

For eveningwear Versace slightly toned it down in a palette of pillar box red, lime green, orange and cream hues on a selection of full-length gowns, again all in a complex mix of high-tech and sophisticated designs which had clearly taken months to assemble by hand.

Hair stood its own ground with on-trend scraped back high ponytails and powerful dark sultry eyes complete with nude lips. Donatella was a woman on a mission and judging by her designs she had clearly won the battle with haute couture.

Celebrities in Chanel

As Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week came to a close on Thursday, celebrities to adorn their favourite designer clothing haven’t gone unnoticed.

The main fashion bandits to sport their favourite designer garments were Kirsten Dunst, Kate Moss and Diane Kruger. And their choice of attire? Chanel of course.

Kate Moss in Chanel

Kate Moss in Chanel

Dunst opted to carry the Mademoiselle handbag at the Haute-Couture spring/summer 2011 show, while supermodel Kate Moss was seen in a jacket from the Chanel Paris/Moscou collection; matched with a classic Chanel bag and a Chanel hat.

Actress Diane Kruger however decided to wear a light pink slashed buttoned jacket with matching skirt from the Haute Couture spring/summer 2011 catwalk collection to the Sidaction charity dinner.   

Fabulous and chic, Chanel will of course never go out of fashion…

Paris Haute Couture: Elie Saab

Watching back Elie Saab‘s haute couture spring/summer collection for 2011 I don’t think I blinked, let alone drew breath. It was so perfectly poised for a feminine silhouette that I can’t imagine ever wanting to aspire to wear anything better. For a girly girl like me this was the epitome of feminine. The soft pastel colours which varied from nude to lilac glistened with crystals and the raw silk flowers, lace and intricately woven crochet panels reminds us of how long the making process really takes.

Apart from the pastel parade Saab showed a monochromatic spectrum of black, whites and grey colours, with spats of bright red and sea green to add an injection.

There was strong evening shapes, tailored to suit the models perfectly; but, all-in-all, there was slight deviation from evening gowns or cocktail dresses. The grande finale? A Jessica Rabbit-esque heart-shaped strapless floor length gown in stark black, split to the thigh with intent. Fabulous and feminine as always.

To view the Elie Saab collection click here

Paris Haute Couture: Givenchy

Apologies for the delay in posting

A surprising all coloured collection from Ricardo Tisci for the Givenchy spring/summer haute couture show was favourable indeed to see. Gone were his usual trademark black hues and in instead was a palatable display of soft lilacs, creams and white with a splash or canary yellow an fuchsia pink.

The fabulous sculpted creations – some soft, some more structured – showed off his incredible talents and fuse of haute couture with industrial construction. His delicate dresses were so breathtakingly beautiful that you could imagine an array of rich clientele in them.

The collection was inspired by Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno and the crane as a symbol of Asian art; but to me all I could imagine when I saw them was of amazingly crafted dresses that were adorned by Kim Cattrall and co-colleague in ‘Big Trouble In little China’. Cheesy film yes, but arty inspirational clothing even more so…

To view the collection click here

Paris Haute Couture: Chanel

Apologies for the delay in review

No bright outbursts or spectrum hues, or terribly dramatic signatures of statement pieces. The Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2011 catwalk show was instead light, precise, clean-cut, chic, and above all simple. The simplicity in fact is what we all know and love, and Karl Lagerfeld showed that in abundance. Dropped waist dresses (which have been on the s/s circuit), crystal beaded shift dresses with an ornate branch style pattern on them, and classic monochrome Chanel tweed jackets adorned the catwalk like a beautiful frost on an early morning.

Bedazzled by Lagerfeld’s legacy of creations I have always been a fan since I could remember and he didn’t disappoint this time. Icy tones revealed an almost grecian inspiration with some of the clothing in hues of metallic pewter, grey, white, pale blues and soft light pinks.

Some of the dresses were also quite reminiscent of Daryl Hannah in her 80s heyday, and would easily have looked in place in her ‘Wall Street‘ party wardrobe.

The only thing I pondered was the flat back point-toe shoes with a clear ankle strap; practical yet not so alluring at first, I am now however, kind of getting used to them and am adding them to my summer wish list!

View the collection here