Paris Fashion Week SS2012 kicked off in style on the 28th of September 2011; Our Fashion Director Hala Di-Maio reviews some of the shows:
Balmain’s SS2012 RTW collection was Olivier Rousteing’s first ready-to -wear collection for Balmain. Olivier introduced a touch of refined class to fitted trousers suits inspired by the wild west with plenty of tassels on sleeves and shiny metallic embroidery on leggings, jackets and miniskirts. The young designer successfully managed to inject stylish touches to this collection without overwriting Balmain’s trademark.
Carven’s SS2012 RTW collection is best described as happy and youthful. With bold bright yellows and blue dresses. Leather played a big part used on high waisted shorts and skirts. Aztec Colourful patterns were also present and so were small prints. On the whole the collection was a success, as it managed to deliver designs to a wider audience beyond Paris Catwalks.
Nina Ricci: Peter Copping designs were a tribute to Zina de Plagny, who in the 1930s had collaborated with Nina Ricci on designing prints. As expected Nina Ricci’s SS2012 RTW collection had more of its share of sweet and tasteful florals. We also saw playfulness in the collection with lingerie worn with skirts as an alternative to tops. This collection would be best described as ladylike with plenty of lace, embroidery, chiffon and taffeta.
Rick Owens’ SS2012 RTW collection which showed in Paris on the 29th of September 2011, must have taken its inspiration from a time when purity was given centre stage. His collection had a serene and religious feeling to it, with long dresses, long skirts and loose trousers. Fabrics were natural with neutral shades. The only exception was the addition of some accessories in the form of metallic silver leather boots.
Manish Arora’s SS2012 RTW collection had all the elements expected from the designer. With plenty of futuristic inspirations including metallic fabrics and mini dresses. With Rossi di Palma as one of the catwalk models, the show was given an added “je ne sais quoi” touch to it. On the whole the designer delivered the expected with over the top designs of feathered skirts and sequins dresses.
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