Monday, 5 March 2012

Cowgirls & Fabergé Eggs #PFW

Oh Paris, so many shows, so little time to talk about all of them - so instead of waffling on about stuff you could just go elsewhere and read, I'll tell you about two of my fav's...


Isabel raided the Wild West for inspiration this season, reinterpreting classic American heritage dressing as her midwest cowgirls embraced feminine ruffles, fringing and floral detailing over lace-up skinnies, embroidered skirts, laser-cut leather studded mini dresses and rodeo-style tops. Yes, there were even cowboy boots - and there you were thinking they were only worn by men mid-menopause in bars chatting up girls young enough to be their daughters. 
Marant's collection is all about the Yeehaaaaaaaw! And you know, I've been rockin' that rootin' tooting' aesthetic which involves not brushing your hair, little or no make-up and nonchalantly strutting around looking for my horse for like....ages!

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Olivier Rousteing continues to bring out the more rock ‘n’ roll elements of the Balmain DNA, as he delivered a high-octane opulence for AW12, the kind usually associated with the heady days of 80s Versace, as models walked in cubic shoulders on dresses and jackets, embellished with ornamental detailing like sharp studding, precious pearls, crystals and glittering jewels.
A velvet thigh-splitting skirt paired with a leather waistcoat added the 'scorchio' factor, as did leather trousers teamed with sparkly bejewelled belts, pearl-encrusted velvet skinny trousers, quilted pastel biker jackets with exposed zips and brocade and slinky bodycon dresses - all injecting super-luxe on to the catwalk. There was even a decadent Fabergé egg-inspired print, born after Rousteing saw a gem at a Christie's exhibit in New York which Richard Burton once gave to Elizabeth Taylor.
He may still be the new kid on the block (this is only his second collection for Balmain), but Rousteing's interpretation of the Balmain woman consistently produces highly covetable collections. So expect to see the Russian wives and GF's fond of billionaire bling clad head-to-toe in the AW12 designs.... as they climb out of their armoured Mercedes in Knightsbridge.

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