Best of Couture: Chanel s/s 2012

Best of Couture: Chanel s/s 12

Hosted in an air Chanel Jumbo Jet with passenger seats facing the runway, it was a contrast to Karl’s underwater themed a/w 12 collection as we were rocketed into the night sky for a traditional Coco joyride. 

Bright lights with grey-hued daywear shifted to transparent chiffon and full length wool dresses with boucle jackets & embellished jewelled buttons; finishing with sequinned and embroidered cocktail dresses as the lights dimmed – signalling looks for the evening. 

Hems dropping to mid-ankle length, drop waists, and simple shades made for an extremely wearable yet undeniably opulent and luxurious – a tradition of couture which is never missed at the house of Chanel. 

PS – those three bar ankle strap courts are on the top of my couture wish list!


Best of Paris Couture: Giambattista Valli s/s 12

Beginning with a pale & black palette, shifting towards deep fuchsias and magentas, and teamed with the oh-so-traditional lace & froth, Valli’s couture was by far one of the most beautiful & feminine shows of the week.

There was a flamenco feel to the collection with Spanish inspired headdresses, embellishments and florals combined with light floaty fabrics and amazing textures; an array of shapes including cocoon silhouettes, sleeveless capes, stand-away collars, defines waists, and peplums (to name a few!) I just couldn’t have asked for anything more — (except maybe the opportunity to wear but just one of the exquisite gowns!).

He may have been seen as a new addition to Paris couture, still trying to prove his worth, but with this show he’s already leaving a mark of tradition (as well as already having A-listers fighting for the front row) – which can only be acquired with years of experience. Let’s hope he’s here to stay!

Shoe-a-holics Anonymous

An outfit will never be complete without the essential shoe. No wait, let’s refine that and say HEEL.

A few seasons ago, heels took a back seat to the emergence of (and it kills me to say…) flats. However, the industry realised their ridiculous mistake and in the wake of the recession, brought out the big guns to symbolise the strong & empowered woman. Wedges, Stilettos, Blocks, Courts, Blades, Platforms (kitten heels do not count!), the list goes on — they instantly transform any look and can be the difference between a trying-to-be-trendy-but-isn’t Day outfit and a lookout-she’s-a-bombshell Evening outfit.

Apart from having your legs look like they go on for miles (and with the midi-maxi trends.. seemingly mile-long legs are essential), they are the epitome of sexiness, improve posture, and accentuate curves — what more could you want?

Indispensable to those who aren’t graced with the gift of height – like myself – heels are the ultimate girl’s best friend (you can always have diamond-encrusted heels don’t worry!). So grab your Manolos, Louboutins, Atwoods, and Choos and embrace the pain because heels are back – and they’re only getting higher.

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Now Playing: Lana Del Rey’s new album Born to Die

Not only is her voice mesmerising, she is definitely making a name for herself in the world of fashion. 

Oh so stylish, she’s one to watch!