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.
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.
The House of the Rising Sun – Nimue Smit is laid-back and casual in designs from Diesel’s resort 2012 collection for the latest edition of Twin Magazine. Photographed by Nick Dorey with styling by Celestine Cooney, Nimue soaks up the sun in buttoned-up tees, denim and comfy knits.
Fashion Explosion – Nimue Smit and Imaam get caught up in a story of color explosion with Petrovsky and Ramone’s dynamic images in the September issue of Glamour Netherlands. Outfitted by Dimphy den Otter in streetwear style clothing, the duo looks for coverage in graphic patterns and prints. / Hair by Ilham Mestour, Makeup by Katinka Gernant
The Fantasy – With a new season comes the latest Prada fantasy lookbook for fall, highlighting this season’s mod silhouettes with scrapbook style cutouts. Starring Arizona Muse, Hailey Clauson, Daphne Groeneveld, Nimue Smit, Ginta Lapina, Anais Pouliot, Sara Blomqvist and others, the fantastical images bring together lush backdrops for the Prada girl to explore.
The Brick Wall – Nimue Smit finds some attitude for the September lookbook from Spanish label Massimo Dutti. Photographed by Gemma Edo, Nimue looks set for the cooler months in a mix of soft leather, casual denim and bold accents of magenta.
Gucci Glam – Gucci’s fall 2011 collection takes shape with its latest lookbook modeled by Nimue Smit. Offering up a selection of evening gowns, menswear inspired tailoring and ’70s accents, the Gucci woman is bold yet sensual in her autumn wardrobe. Paired with floppy hats, clutches and oversize bags–fall is a story of layering and removal from sexy dresses to voluminous coats.