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.
Siren Couture – After last season’s tribute to Japan, Giorgio Armani dreamed up a sultry, siren-like vision for the Armani Privé spring 2012 collection. The season’s most standout color was undoubtedly green–from neon chartreuse to forest green–the unlikely hue had its moment in Paris Haute Couture after appearing at Atelier Versace earlier this week. Slinky silhouettes were draped like waves onto the ocean, making the models appear as otherworldly sea creatures as the emerged on the runway. Armani also embraced metallic with techno silver suiting and beaded gowns. Continuing with the underwater theme, sea snake patterns brought a hard edge to the already striking display of gowns.
Through the Collections – Vogue Russia takes a look at the spring collections with references to the labels’ history for its February edition. Photographed by David Roemer (Atelier Management), models Josephine Skriver and Monika Sawicka wow in showstopping looks from the likes of Balmain, John Galliano, Kenzo and Chloe styled by Natasha Royt. / Hair by Rolando Beauchamp @ Community, Makeup by Fredrik Stambro @ Streeters
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.
Back to the Runway – Atelier Versace makes its first appearance on the runway since 2004 with the fashion house’s spring 2012 couture show. This season, the Atelier line has all the trappings of a classic Versace collection–body hugging silhouettes, metallic accents, bustier cuts and jewel tones which all scream sultry elegance. Spring also showcases a variety of lacework with sheer cutouts for a romantic touch. Beauty for the show included a high ponytail paired with a seductive smokey eye.
Beautiful Josephine – Josephine Skriver is absolutely radiant in Henrik Adamsen’s black and white portraits. Styling by Fatih Dorumlu and beauty by Monika Grensteen perfect Josephine’s all natural look.
Twisted Sister – Hasse Nielsen captures some twisting hair looks with these beauty portraits taken for the fall-winter edition of Bon International. Wearing hair styles created by Cim Mahony, model Josephine Skriver is a stunning vision with hair ornaments and flawless skin by makeup artist Zenia Jaeger. / Styling by Sassie Baré
Backstage at Lanvin – Lanvin offers a behind the scenes look at their spring 2012 runway show with appearances by designer Alber Elbaz and models such as Karlie Kloss, Ruby Aldridge, Josephine Skriver and Sui He. The exclusive atmosphere gets a gentle touch with backstage images and film.
Casual Luxe – Donna Karan’s Casual Luxe collection follows in the steps of the designer’s mainline range featured last month during New York Fashion Week. With safari and tribal inspired clothing, the Donna Karan woman dons light layers, neutral hues and chunky accessories for the new season. Wrinkled fabric and off the shoulder knits bring a lived-in look to the new range. / Photos by Seth Sabal, Styling by Nicoletta Santoro.