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Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection 1

The first look was so telling. A fan-pleated navy blue sheer gown with a flute skirt and a blousy top, with see-through billowy sleeves, carried the spirit, the overriding silhouette, the wayward intention, and the sex of the collection to come – a perfect microcosm of the new ventures taken at the Valentino atelier.

Roksanda Ilincic says people would never start their own fashion label if they knew about the “bad” side of the industry.

Valentino closed Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with a simple and elegant collection last night.

Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks spotted “a gap in the market” for her beautiful designs at a more accessible price.

Givenchy Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection 1

Inspired by the clean lines of Hubert de Givenchy’s 60s dresses and the bohemes of modern-day southern Italy, aesthetically, this haute capsule asks for no leniency from its public – it’s severe, for sure, or in layman’s terms – a lot of look, but the craft has never looked more sublime. In truth, this is an Italian tree-hugger only Tisci could fashion into real world existence.

Valentino Fall 2012 Couture Beauty 9

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol took a surprising step away from the usual esthetic and a more mature, sensual and severe Valentino woman introduced a more arcane prestige to the dreamlike elegance of a classic beauty.

Prabal Gurung has been forced to deny reports he passed away in a car crash.

Giorgio Armani Prive Fall 2012 Couture

The designer showed off his high-end label Privé at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and showed he is still a force to be reckoned with.

Farida Khelfa

Farida Khelfa wants to be more than just a “muse” when classic label Schiaparelli re-launches.

Roksanda Ilincic

The designer’s first collection for under-tens is hitting stores this week and the fashion creative has received feedback from a brutally honest test group – kids.

Doutzen Kroes wishes she could be “cool and androgynous” and not use a handbag.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Show

Raf Simons hopes his Christian Dior haute couture debut is more “dynamic” than what has gone before.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012

Raf Simons’ debut collection has been described as “poetic”, Alber Elbaz has praised Raf Simons’ debut collection for Dior, calling it “perfection”.

Saskia de Brauw, Chanel Haute Couture

Chanel wowed with decidedly feminine fare at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week this morning.

Aline Weber loves walking in couture shows but says the clothes are sometimes difficult to strut in.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Beauty 13

Raf Simmons said it himself, “a shift is happening.” The truth in this statement could be seen in his anomalous sense of color in his clothing as well as the makeup look that complimented the collection.


To say that today’s Christian Dior Haute Couture show was possibly the most anticipated fashion moment of the past decade is probably no hyperbole.


One would be hard-pressed to recall a more accessible line-up from one of fashion’s most wayward artists. It was burgeoning, bustling, ebullient punk.

Camila Alves has been chosen as the face of Macy’s brand I.N.C. International Concepts because of her “incredible package” as a model, mother and Hollywood wife.

A model presents a creation by Versace

Versace put on a stunning display on the opening day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that drew an A-list crowd.

The incredibly exclusive and luxurious handcrafted collections have been predicted to cease for almost a century but the President of France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture says their beautiful craftsmanship has saved them from extinction.

Raf Simons’ debut couture collection for Christian Dior drew a designer crowd including Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace.

Illustration by Daryl Feril 3

A series of mixed illustration by Daryl Feril of some of the worlds most famous designer brands done with graphite and watercolor and some digital work. “The design aim to illustrate and create a very feminine mood yet still converse the sophistication and identity of each brand” says Daryl.

Elle Macpherson has promised she will still be “very involved” with Fashion Star, even though she isn’t returning as the show’s host.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace will find it hard to “face” the venue for her upcoming couture show as it reminds her of her late brother.