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Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collections

Yesterday, the last of the fashion houses showcased their haute couture designs in Paris. Fall Haute Couture fashion week is without a doubt my favourite time in the fashion calendar. It is the perfect opportunity for the brands to define an aesthetic for the upcoming shift in season. From Chanel’s classic approach to the major shakeup at Christian Dior, here are my highlights straight from the runways and ateliers of Paris.

Alexis Mabille told Style.com he was “imagining women as jewels.” For me, the collection was a bit all over the map. There were caped crusaders, little red riding hoods, mermaids bathed in shiny lame and femme fatales garbed in black and lace. Sounds fun, but it wasn’t. With futuristic updos and a range of colours and textures, there wasn’t enough continuity through the collection.

At Armani Privé, models walked down the catwalk sometimes in pairs, in easy suits with peaked shoulders, voluminous pants and flat shoes. The aesthetic was chic and very Armani. I loved the muted mauve and periwinkle colour palette for fall. Those colours aren’t what come to mind first when thinking about fall, but I love the way the collection rolled out gradually, like an ombre effect, culminating into the deep jewel shades of sparkling evening dresses and tuxedo jackets.

This fall haute couture collection was the most classic, distilled Chanel collection in recent memory. It almost had a vintage air about it, with classic grey and pink tweed suits strolling down the runway, just like Coco. But Karl Lagerfeld has a different notion of vintage. “Vintage is depressing,” Lagerfeld clarified. “But ‘new vintage’ is something to come. It’s preparation for something that could last.” And a Chanel suit is definitely here to last.


All eyes were on Raf Simons at Christian Dior. He said he was interested in rethinking couture, and the Antwerper succeeded at just that. Taking Christian Dior’s classic peplum waist dress and juxtaposing it with cigarette pants below was a stroke of genius. Blending feminine and masculine, the past with the present. It’s official, the peplum is here to stay.

Elie Saab’s collection was mostly evening gowns and cocktail dresses, the ones you’ll find in the closets of A-listers and royalty. Nothing was too exciting, save for some evening gowns that had a kaftan silhouette and luxurious draping. He looked to the East, for inspiration. With rich beading and embroidery, the collection was very rich, but came off as a lookbook for stylists to pull from for their red carpet clients.

Givenchy is always one of my favourite collections during the week. This time around, Riccardo Tisci blended classic silhouettes of Hubert de Givenchy with more natural influences. Set against a more natural backdrop, the collection echoed the spirit of nature, with mossy colours, fur textures, macrame, beading and fringe. It was structured but had life. The collection encapsulated fall and was so simple and forward-thinking.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s show was a rock-and-roll cabaret romp. Models wore tophats, black suit jackets, turbans and fur, as they shimmied down the runway in fun clothes. I’ve seen this aesthetic before from Gaultier, but the show was fun and upbeat… sometimes things don’t have to change.

Maison Martin Margiela’s collection wasn’t my favourite, but it was definitely forward-thinking. There was a lot of textures, with lace contrasted with sheer panels, skin and jewelry, but the most mysterious part of this collection were the masks the models wore.

Valentino’s Fall Haute Couture collection was elegant and regal. With rich navy caped gowns and suits, contrasted against embroidered chiffon and silk dresses with imagery that looks like it came out of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir. It was a lovely collection with a very rich aesthetic, a quality that suits the fall season.

Versace was very… Versace. With skin-tight evening gowns and thigh-skimming slits, the collection was sexy, feminine and very femme fatale. I personally loved the scarf prints and bodycon dresses this time around. It didn’t really feel like couture, but I could easily see an up-and-coming starlet in one of these sexy little numbers. Donatella herself was one of the highlights of the show, in a body-hugging leather dress with lateral strips of leather, perfectly framing her tiny body. If only the rest of us could squeeze into something like that.

So my favourites this season? Since Karl played it safe at Chanel, I have to say that Raf Simons’ take over at Dior was inspired and concrete. Givenchy is always a mainstay favourite, but I also loved the sumptuous looks at Valentino for a change. I’m excited for the fall season, and already have my eye on a pair of black cigarette pants to pair with a peplum waist!

Images via Style.com

Versace for H&M Look No 2

When I saw the full photos of the Versace collection, I immediately fell in love with two items.  On Saturday morning, I was lucky enough to snatch up both the panther colour and sunset printed silk skirt, which are both iconic pieces that remind me of the house of Versace.

I wore Zara’s simple black suede asymmetrical pumps, and a black knit top.

The skirt features a beautiful sunset vignette with elaborate sun designs that remind me of vintage Versace prints.  I also adore the ombre leopard print.

The skirt is even better from the back!  I wasn’t aware that the skirt has a pleated back with gold tips on the corner, which add a luxe embellishment.

My favourite piece from this collection was the panther collar.  I didn’t realize it would be this big in person, but I have fallen in love with the detail and weight of this piece.  I can’t get over the fact that it only cost $69.95, and it looks amazing on my dog as well!

Versace for H&M Haul

This Saturday morning, I didn’t sleep in and eat breakfast in my pyjamas while watching re-runs of my favourite reality shows. Instead, I woke up at 5 a.m. in hopes of scoring some covetable pieces from Versace’s diffusion line for H&M.

As per usual, I tend to go a little overboard, and walked out with a couple bags filled with goodies for myself, a couple Christmas prezzies and pieces for my fashionable little sis.

I had my heart set on the leather jacket, but they were sold out in the first rotation!

I got to the mall a little later, but I met Bobby Raffin who gave up his wristband to view the ladies’ collection for me! I’m so grateful because I got all the pieces I wanted!

Most notably, the panther collar ($69.95).  It looks spectacular in real life with the crystal glaring red eyes and heavy chain mail.  I will feature it in a look soon!

I mostly came to buy the jewellery line, and snatched the medallion bracelet ($39.95) and necklace ($59.95).  The prices were great for these statement pieces.  I’m not certain of the composition or quality, but judging by the sheer weight, they’re definitely worth it!

I picked up this silk skirt ($79.95) which features a punchy print.  The print reminds me of Gianni’s vision of Versace; Miami heat and sex appeal.  I adore the leopard print so much I got the matching scarf ($34.95).

I was hoping to get the leather high-top sneakers for my boyfriend, but the sharks snatched them up! I found one show lying around the store, but someone snatched up the pair when I let my guard down.  Lesson be learned: people go nuts for these diffusion lines! So instead, these leather oxfords are a great price ($99) for classic style.

The mens’ section featured some daring prints that almost rivalled the womens’ section! This shirt ($59.95) with a graphic pattern gives me a headache, but it looks so cool!

How cool was the palm print in blue? I’m wearing the cozy mens’ tee ($24.95) right now.

While I didn’t get the leather jacket or dress, these leggings are close! Although they’re spandex, I love the luxe upgrade with the iconic greek key designs running up the sides. These were a hot item, and nearly every girl got a pair! I think it’s because it was the only piece that everyone could wear.  As I mentioned before, most of the dresses were unflattering and cut weird, so the leggings were a good buy and a way to inject Versace style into your everyday wardrobe.

Donatella Versace

Today, the Versace for H&M collection finally came out in stores! This look is classic Versace, and reminds me of Gianni’s heyday in the 1990s.

I’m wearing the black medallion dress ($179).  I tried on a pile of dresses and none of them looked good.  I found the proportions to be off, and they’re not made for a woman’s body. I’m going to be honest, I’m a size 2/4, and even I found the fit of these clothes to be unflattering and hard to pull off.  They were also sized small, and many of the zippers/boning were already broken!  Just something to keep in mind, so buyer beware!

I did like the way this dress in particular fit, because it has a classic silhouette and didn’t squash any of my curves! I also liked the gold button detailing, which is more subtle than the flamenco fringe and pleather on other styles.

I accessorized with the gold medallion bracelet ($34.95).  The bracelet is a beautiful piece. I can’t get over how heavy the bracelet is, and it’s an amazing price for an iconic design.

I couldn’t resist picking up the matching medallion choker.  The greek key design is a big statement piece, but I would love to wear the gaudy choker with a flowing grecian-style draped gown.

My gold shoes are from GUESS, but I like how the metallic material echos the gold hardware of the dress.  I’m so big on colour, I couldn’t believe the only dress I bought was an LBD!  But I’m happy that this “classic” Versace design (which reminds me of the safety pin dress Elizabeth Hurley wore), can be the perfect LBD for cocktail parties.

Versace for H&M

It’s official, the house of Versace will be collaborating with H&M for a capsule collection that will feature clothing and accessories for men & women, and some items for the home.  Donatella even wore one of the dresses from the collection yesterday at her men’s show in Milan.

This news has me squealing like a little girl.  Donatella Versace said she will be making iconic pieces that capture the sexy spirit of the Italian fashion house.  I collect vintage Versace, and have a few amazing blouses, ties and jackets from the 80s and 90s.  This time, I will be lining up at Yorkdale on November 19 to make sure I get my hands on a few items (most notably the leather studded jacket).

The menswear seems classic, with tailored tuxedo jackets, but it’s clear that the women’s line will be the most coveted.  It’s hard to tell the quality of the materials, but so far, I’m enthusiastic about the line.  I loved the Lanvin collection last year (and snagged the pink ruffle dress and red necklace) and like Alber Elbaz’ collaboration, the Versace items seem comparable aesthetically with Versace and Versus.  Watch the video below to get a sneak peek of more items from the collection.

Versace for H&M

Photos courtesy of H&M, Versace.