Paris Haute Couture Roundup

Mimi ON Jan 25, 2012 AT 3:16 pm

Reptile-inspired look at Armani Prive

Paris Couture Week has left us all wanted bespoke, tailored dresses this week and we’ve found the best of the best Couture shows for you lovely lot. See the shows we loved below and let us know your favourite…

Giorgio Armani Privé

The Grand Palais runway was illuminated and striped for Armani Privé, the front row featuring the likes of Cameron Diaz, Carine Roitfeld, Jessica Chastain, and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery.

Privé’s runway was a lesson in both herpetology (the study of amphibians don’t you know) and texture. The collection featured a number of structured blazer and pencil skirt combinations as well as more quirky items like a giant lime green lily pad-like cape and a knee-length marabou coat. Models strutted in mismatched textures, including mesh tanks and crocodile print jackets, while semi-sheer tights provided an iridescent sheen to finish the reptilian look. Other notable looks included a rainbow of green eveningwear dresses featuring snake print and sparkles.

Versace Couture S/S 2012


The Atelier Versace show took place on the stairs at Beaux Arts, which were golden of course — we would expect nothing less from Donatella, the queen of glitz. The front row was studded with stars including Diane Kruger, Anna Wintour, Anna Dello Russo, and Abbie Cornish.

Karlie Kloss opened the show among an array of greys. The entirely eveningwear collection made its way into lime green, tangerine and vivid yellow dresses, all corseted, fitted, and sequined in classic Versace style. The shoes, heels with long leather tongues and lace, may have proved to be more interesting than the dresses.

Bit garish for us but VERY Versace…


Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Couture king Karl Lagerfeld took show-goers for a ride when he presented his S/S 2012 collection in a constructed Air Chanel jet complete with illuminated seat numbers and a transparent roof that revealed imitation clouds. Cameron Diaz, Daphne Guinness, Vanessa Paradis and Diane Kruger were among those on board the production, which featured a 164-foot catwalk whose destination was unmistakeably spring 2012.

The show took off with rather simple silhouettes in a monochrome sea of blues. The daywear looks, which almost seemed a bit too ready-to-wear for a couture show, incorporated dropped waistlines, stiff necklines, puffed sleeves and a revamped version of the classic Chanel jacket. As the faux sky above turned dark, the boxy looks transitioned into eveningwear with black full-length wool, transparent chiffon and sparkles. Long earrings and three-bar ankle strap shoes accompanied the looks.

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The Chanel show via @cocorocha

Christian Dior 

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

Stars Natalia Vodianova, Olivia Palermo and Cameron Diaz lined the front row for Christian Dior’s haute couture collection on display at Avenue Montaigne.

Our favourite collection shown at Paris Couture Fashion Week thus far, the 40 exquisite gowns shown in the Dior line were brazenly feminine. The blast from the past collection incorporated ‘50s elements like pencil skirts and side-parted bobs. Cinched waists and full skirts transitioned into transparent chiffon eveningwear, showcasing Bill Gaytten’s vision of Dior in X-ray. There was a brief glimpse of Galliano in the full, worked ball gowns, but, overall, the line represented Dior in a new simplicity.

We’ll take one of each dress in this beautiful and wearable couture line, please!

Valli Couture S/S 2012

Giambattista Valli

The Valli collection was held in the gold-leafed interiors of a Hôtel de Crillon salon to the oohs and ahhs of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Anna Dello Russo, Salma Hayek and Caroline Sieber.

Spring was in full bloom at the show where Valli made his debut as a full-fledged couture designer. Cream-coloured lace adorned structured daywear looks that transitioned into black gowns and sleeveless capes. The romantic collection went on to feature elegant floral print ball gowns, layers of ruffles and feathered peplums in shades of magenta and aubergine. Filled with flowers, fuchsia and flowing fabrics, Valli did feminine in a big way.

So… which has been your favouriteso far.

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