Frills and Fantasy!

Couture Week. Paris, January 2010.

Couture week is all about indulgence. It is fantastical one-of-a-kind joy before the seriousness of Fashion Week really starts. Not that it is something to be taken lightly. The skill involved is so intense that even the simplest of couture dresses can cost thousands of pounds. But that is the beauty of couture. Escapism, fantasy and splendor all rolled into one fabulously fun-filled week in the home of le mode, Paris.

Dior started the proceedings with a hoard of rose-covered romantic Victorian heroines in light and frilly gowns. Riccardo Tisci didn’t completely abandon black at Givenchy, but really embraced the softness of spring with satin and feathers. Armani’s offerings made the current red carpet season shrink into background with impossibly beautiful, yet strong and modern-looking gowns. Chanel continued the modern, silver galactic look with a hint of soft elegance, whilst Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino brought a little more colour to the fore with inspiration from Mexico and the seasons respectively.

Shades of SS10 were evident throughout every show with nudes and pastels taking centre stage in beautifully soft silks, satins and chiffons. There is also a tendency with couture to be very traditional and often difficult to wear, yet many of the dresses were knee-length and simple with detailed accessories. And with the modern, galactic influence with the silver, which lifted the soft palette, the looks are actually entirely wearable! All in all, it was a fantastic tribute to spring and to the new decade as well as a brilliant indication of just how exciting AW10 Fashion Weeks just may be!

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Trend SS09: Jump for joy!

There is a trend that has been slowly climbing higher on the fashion radar over the past couple of seasons; the jumpsuit. At first, not many embraced it, but now every designer seems to have their own version and you don’t have to feel like a wannabe-plumber! Here’s a rundown of a few of the favourites that caught my eye:

My favourite so far, Chloe gives the look a bit of class, perfect for hitting the bars of St Tropez…!

Sophia Kokosalaki makes it look cool and effortless in a very wearable black tank-top version.

Check out Marc Jacobs’ sporty version for the ultimate in gym chic!

In a continuation of AW’s favourite colour, grey, Giorgio Armani created a version for the more sophisticated ladies amongst us!

Betty Jackson kept it simple, but added this season’s favourite new 80s detail – the big shoulders!

Stella McCartney’s business suit version on this season’s nude is bang on trend and such an interesting take on the trend!

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