Joan Smalls at the Versace Atelier Paris Show. Sublime.
As South African Fashionistas and Style Addicts impatiently await Joburg Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 to be held from 07 March to 10 March 2012, many of us have been getting our fashion fix from Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week currently underway in Bryant Park, New York.
“The Shows”, as their more popularly known by citizens of the Couture community, have been a non-stop indulgence in walking art with designers such as DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenburg showcasing their work on the ramps.
This year Donna Karan, of DKNY fame, showed us the true meaning of Power Dressing with menswear pieces tailored to fit and flatter the female figure. Imagine bespoke pinstripe suits modified into coats and dresses, with elaborate folds that to add depth to curves.
The collection essentially screams, “I am woman, hear me roar.”
Tommy Hilfiger showed us that leather will be THE fabric of the 2012 Autumn/Winter season. The iconic designer used the classic fabric in dresses, coats and suits in bold hues. The leather was perfectly complimented by the use of suede, in keeping with the luxe theme of his show.
His menswear military-themed show, called Cadet Academy, echoed the military style prominent in recent European fashion weeks.
My favourite show so far has to be Tracy Reese. The only good things about winter, in my books, are coats, boots, hot chocolate and fires in the fireplace. If I could I would hibernate during the three months of winter mourning the loss of summer. But this year, Tracy Reese gives me reason to hope for a brighter winter, literally.
With bright prints and colours, Tracy shows us that there’s no reason to mirror the grey, dreary skies of a cold, winter’s day in your winter looks. Dare to show a pop of colour.
Personally, I can’t wait to see how our talented South African designers will interpret this season’s trends in our own Fashion Week’s. Waiting with baited breath.
We all know how i feel about Chanel. If it wasnt for Georges Chakra, I’d probably want to be married in a Chanel suit. Chanel encapsulates the BCBG style that I strive for on a day-to-day basis. In my eyes, Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong.
Lagerfeld used girly models in flat shoes instead of Glamazons in heels and soft pastel colours. When asked why he said, “I was sick of all those Eiffel Towers, sick of all those violent colors.”
The front row at the Privé show included Sophia Loren, Jodie Foster, and Olivia Wilde, three generations of stars united by their appreciation of Giorgio Armani’s ability to, as Foster put it, “capture who I am, be the best I can be.” But Armani has reached a stage in his life where he no longer cares about pleasing anyone except himself. So he delivered a collection that will startle longtime admirers and add more fodder to that long-overdue reevaluation.
Inspired, he said, by the gleam of gemstones, Armani produced clothes that came from another planet. The show never stopped shimmering. By some feat of fabric technology, a mirror effect managed to give organza a reflective quality. Silk was threaded with metal to produce a sheen. Sweeping collars and bodices that looked molded from some hard alien material were actually supple and light. The sci-fi aspect was reinforced by silhouettes curved and carved to rearticulate the body.
With every show I fall deeper in love with Elie Saab and his beautiful pieces. I am almost sure, that he will design my wedding gown one day.
J’adore Elie Saab.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I idolise the classic Parisian chic of Chanel & Yves Saint Laurent. In YSL’s Fall 2010 collection, he allows me to re-affirm my dream of sitting in a cafe avec une tasse de the (tea) & crossaint!
All in all, I see myself mimicking many of these looks come Autumn/Winter.
The polo jock look was inspired. The collection also made full use of the house’s horsey heritage, starting with the showbizzy opener of a dressage corps going through its paces under a mass of chandeliers. Which meant the key piece was a leather basque, highlighting the waist, attenuating the hard, precise silhouette.
Gaultier is a master tailor, and here he maximized his talent to create an austere but sensuous glamour. His singular twist was to build interest into the back of a garment, baring skin with jackets and tops that crisscrossed like wings. If they might be classified as a fashion bridge too far—along with the body harnesses, the jodhpur shorts, and those basques—there was temptation aplenty elsewhere.