Farhi’s London Woman – For fall 2012, Nicole Farhi chose to make clothes for the modern woman with a moody outing of tailored jackets, form-fitting skirts and elegant dresses. A far cry from last season’s pastel hues–autumn was all about sleek, streamlined silhouettes in shades of dark emerald, black, ivory and bronze. The heavy outerwear was paired with thin belts around the waist, charcoal stockings and leather gloves. Farhi embellished the strong shapes with glittering sequins and paillettes, bringing a glamorous edge to the structured shapes.
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.
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.
The Sisterhood – Raf Simons draws inspiration from elite college life with Jil Sander’s pre-fall 2012 collection. Photographer Ben Weller captures models Katie Fogarty, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Karolina Mrozkova, Tilda Lindstam, Katya Konstantinova, Janice Seinen Alida and others in a common room setting where they study, play card games and chat. The collection has all the trappings of an ivy league wardrobe–cardigans, monogrammed sweaters, tweed skirts and lush coats all conjure up images of academic elegance for the new season.
Al Rojo Vivo – Karolina Mrozkova is a vixen in red for Alvaro Beamud Cortes’ sultry story published in a recent edition of S Moda. Wearing a wardrobe of elegant crimson looks styled by Francesca Rinciari, the blonde beauty wows in the designs of Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Emporio Armani and many more in the lush images.