I have kept a close eye on Paris Fashion Week this past seven days, not only because it was held in one of my favourite cities in the world, but because my two favourite brands, Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab, were showing their Spring/Summer 2012 Ready-To-Wear collections during the final of the ‘Big 4′ fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris).
I love the bizarre and disturbing elements of the Alexander McQueen label; Sarah Burton has shown the world, yet again, that she is absolutely the best successor to the late Lee McQueen, combining his signature femininity with weird and slightly uncomfortable touches such as lace cages engulfing the models’ faces. Burton’s official statement about the show revealed that “this is a collection about excess – an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme”. Here are just a few of the more breathtaking pieces:
In contrast to the shock factor that is expected of the McQueen collection, Elie Saab is known for his floaty, feminine dresses fit for a princess and frequently worn by glamorous A-listers on the red carpet. Saab’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection was less ethereal than usual, but no less exquisite. There was plenty of shimmer, thin belts delicately accentuated every waistline and the designs were altogether wearable, which is a quality that’s often missing from so-called Ready-To-Wear collections:
Although Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab were the highlights (for me) of Paris Fashion Week there were a few other collections that grabbed my attention. The Miu Miu show was not particularly to my taste; red eyeshadow and sharp, masculine hair partings embellished outfits that would look at home in a strange theatrical rendition of Hansel & Gretel meets Little Red Riding Hood, played by vampires. However, I loved the cape-like coats that draped across the models’ shoulders and were tied with big ribbons; I am hoping to make something similar when I finally get a sewing machine:
Paco Rabanne is a brand I don’t know much about, but when I saw the Spring/Summer 2012 collection it brought a smile to my face, just because it was so fun! The shapes, the colours, the textures, the futuristic embellishments; they created a show that truly was a show; one that would please the likes of X-Men or Lady Gaga. Certainly not wearable by the average woman, but creative, mysterious and wonderful nonetheless:
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