Wu’s Armored Lady – Jason Wu delivered strict elegance with an homage to his Chinese roots for his fall 2012 show presented earlier today during New York Fashion Week. Form-fitting yet ladylike silhouettes hit the catwalk with sportswear undertones in the form of belted coats and capes. Military inspired jackets were accented with brocade, tassels and Swarovski crystals for a glamorous twist. Fall brought out a tougher, sleeker outing than what we would expect with high slits, leather and luxurious furs.
Valentino’s Demure Couture – Valentino under designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol has found its own voice throughout the years and spring 2012 haute couture is no exception with a collection of demure romanticism. This season showcased florals, lace, and crystal embellished bodices, all made with the utmost attention to detail. Like many shows this haute couture season, the color palette was light–showcasing silvers, powdery blue and rosy pink for a feminine touch.
Candy Couture – Elie Saab presented a romantic collection of ivory and pastel hues of powder blue, rose and wheat for his spring 2012 haute couture show in Paris earlier today. Known for designing many red carpet creations, this season had its fair share of Oscars ready fare ranging from crystal embellished floor length gowns to leafy prints in mint green. The delicate showing also offered ladylike lace works and sequined paillettes for a sweetly refined take on couture.
Skyline Couture – Karl Lagerfeld appeared to be inspired by air travel and stewardess uniforms for Chanel’s spring 2012 haute couture collection presented earlier today. The Grand Palais was transformed into the interior of an airplane with models walking down the aisles in elongated silhouettes and extended shoulder winged sleeves. Playing up the jetsetter theme, blue was a dominate hue for spring with sky blue, sapphire and navy all making an appearance. Amid the blue display, there is crystal beading, drop pocket dresses and pleated skirts.
Dream of Couture – Giambattista Valli played with hard and soft elements for his sophomore haute couture collection presented in Paris this week. Feminine touches of lace, flowers and sequins are juxtaposed with streamlined silhouettes for spring. Valli even included outerwear with sheer capes and a more embellished take on a sixties housecoat. Models also wore large floral hair ornaments to match stunning gowns in hues of plum, fuchsia, ivory and black.
Couture Mood – With spring 2012 Haute Couture, Dior atelier Bill Gaytten delivers a ladylike collection featuring a tame color palette of ash, black, plum and ivory. Cinched waists, sheer tops and full, pleated skirts dominate the runway this season. Playing with prints, the Dior woman also wears hounds tooth, floral patterns and gradient lines for spring. The finale dresses were demure as well, showing a moody mix of black and grey with just a touch of sparkle.
Chic Easy Pieces – Bette Franke is the very vision of Palm Springs glamour in Lachlan Bailey’s latest work shot for the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar US. Wearing a wardrobe pieced together by fashion editor Brana Wolf, Bette hits the streets of suburbia in retro inspired looks from labels such as Prada, Michael Kors, Dior and Donna Karan. The blonde beauty’s leisurely elegance is perfected by Francelle Daly Poiblanc’s wintry makeup and hair stylist Akki’s soft curls. / Set Design by Colin Donahue
Valentino Muses – Valentino’s spring 2012 campaign takes to the outdoors in these romantic images lensed by Deborah Turbeville. The new advertisements star Bette Franke, Fei Fei Sun, Zuzanna Bijoch, Maud Welzen and male model Clément Chabernaud. The images capture the romantic spirit of the spring season which feature ethereal gowns, leather dresses and metallic accents.
Romantic Outdoors – Forgoing the traditional names, Valentino enlists photographer Deborah Turbeville to shoot Zuzanna Bijoch, Maud Welzen, Bette Franke, and Fei Fei Sun for its spring 2012 campaign. Shot in Mexico, the girls sport updos similar to the spring runway show. (WWD)
Rush Hour – Bette Franke hits the streets in dark, urban ensembles for Benny Horne’s latest work in Harper’s Bazaar Australia January. Styled by Jillian Davison, Bette stands out from the crowd in sleek looks from the likes of Donna Karan, Balenciaga, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. / Hair by Gavin Harwin, Makeup by Chiho Omae