Just Cavalli’s Wild Fall – Roberto Cavalli’s offshoot line, Just Cavalli, debuted its fall 2012 collection on Friday–featuring all its usual trappings such as animal prints, youthful shapes and lively styling. Form-fitting pants and paillette embellished dresses set the tone for the new season as models hit the catwalk in long sleeves but short hemlines. Metallic accents came in the form of sparkling stilettos or skin-tight leggings. For autumn, the Just Cavalli girl stands out from the crowd with her fearless, bohemian luxe ensembles.
Kane’s Darkly Beautiful Fall – Christopher Kane seemed to be in a dark mood for his fall 2012 collection presented on Monday during London Fashion Week. Opening with pinstripe dresses in black and white, it set the tone for a gloomy color palette of plum, burgundy, royal blue and black. A certain change from spring’s neon hues, a dark scheme did not necessarily mean that the collection was missing exciting details with deep necklines, leopard spots, innovative textiles and eastern inspired prints. For warmer pieces, Kane looked towards heavy knitted sweaters, knee-length coats and furry jackets.
Through the Forest – Mulberry was inspired by fantasy and whimsy for its fall 2012 collection presented during London Fashion Week. Opening with an array of fur coats reminiscent of monsters from “Where the Wild Things Are”, autumn focused on a mix of textiles, colors and prints. Creative director Emma Hill also created silk dresses in vibrant, kaleidoscopic patterns worn underneath the season’s voluminous coats. Among the accessories on the runway was a new bag inspired by American songstress Lana Del Rey, simply titled the Del Ray. For the finale, in lieu of colorful prints–Hill sent out all black ensembles in fluid shapes.
Aquascutum’s Streamlined Fall – Aquascutum creative director Joanna Sykes showcased a selection of androgynous coats and streamlined silhouettes for the label’s fall 2012 collection. Marking her fourth season at the helm of the British brand, Sykes focused on a muted palette of ash grey, black, navy and taupe for the autumn. Besides tailored outerwear, the new season also offered slouchy trousers, elbow-length leather gloves and asymmetrical hemlines for a youthful twist.
Philosophy’s Demure Fall – Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti took on classic staples for fall 2012 with a hint of 60′s flair thrown in as well. A light color palette ranging from champagne to silvery grey to ivory set the tone for the new season which focused on demure, ladylike elegance. An offshoot line from Alberta Ferretti, the collection offered crystal embellished tops, form-fitting dresses and a modified trench belted at the waist. Star of the mainline label’s spring 2012 campaign, Daria Strokous, closed the show in a full coat paired with a delicately sheer dress.
Sweet Surrender – Marique Schimmel plays the role of retro pin-up for the spring-summer issue of Bon International. In front of Benny Horne’s lens, Marique is perfectly ladylike in pastel hues styled by Melissa Ventosa Martin and featuring the designs of Marc Jacobs, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Marni and others. / Hair by Andre Gunn, Makeup by Dawn Broussard
Back to Nature – English author Beatrix Potter’s botanical illustrations inspired Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi for the label’s fall 2012 collection. The pair, originally from Britain, brought a bit of the English countryside to New York Fashion Week with floral patterns, butterfly prints and bold color blocking on the runway. Silhouettes hinged on classic with ’40s inspired dress shapes and tapered pants. The final section embraced a ladylike demureness with sheer lace tops and sequin embellished skirts.
Factory Girl – Margaret Howell teams up with South African photographer Koto Bofolo for the label’s spring 2012 campaign starring Marique Schimmel. Dressed in a menswear shirt, Marique is caught in intimate moments with the black and white images styled by Jo Levin. The advertisements were photographed at the company’s North London shirt factory, showcasing the craftsmanship that goes into Howell’s designs.
Age of Aquarius – Marique Schimmel plays the role of sea siren for Benny Horne’s (Community NYC) sultry story featured in the March edition of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Swathed in a wardrobe of glittering and sheer looks from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Christopher Kane styled by Katie Mossman; Marique wows with wet hair and sun-kissed makeup. / Hair by Leonardo Manetti, Makeup by Chiho Omae
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.