With Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino all showing their couture collections on Day 3 of Paris Couture Fashion Week, it was always going to be a glamorous affair. Cameron Diaz continuing to look radiant front row at Jean Paul Gaultier. MAC's latest collaborator Beth Ditto was also there to take in the action as was Berenice Bejo and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.
Gowns swathed in toile-inspired prints and soft, wallpaper florals hinted at Jane Austin era romance at Valentino. There's a distinctly feminine feel and a hint of both Parisian decadence and Victorian propriety in the collars, bows, and capes that topped delicate silver-embellished gowns and sheer-topped confections. Everything feels emphatically pretty — the softness, the bow and floral-appliqué adornments; even the slipper-style loafers are done up in the same florals and details.
- Trends: Sheer, antique and toile-inspired florals, Victorian collars.
- Colours: White, cream, and soft pink, blue, and green.
- Key Look: The soft floral-print and embellished strapless gown; the creamy white shift.
- Accessories: Embellished and printed loafers.
- Who Would Wear It: Claire Danes, Kate Bosworth; the ultra-femme red-carpet beauties.
That's a wrap on Couture Fashion Week. We've seen everything from neoprene brights and peplum at Atelier Versace to sheer cut-outs and sequins at Chanel to beautiful pastel embellishments at Elie Saab — all of which, we predict, we'll be seeing on an A-list red carpet very soon. While the couture collections were nothing short of gorgeous, it's time to take one last look at the fresh front row style. At yesterday's Valentino show, Cameron Diaz worked it in a lacy white Valentino minidress and nude pointy-toe pumps, while Dita Von Teese vamped it up at Jean Paul Gaultier in all black. Keep clicking to get a glimpse of these stylish stars at the Haute Couture shows.
Paris Couture Fashion Week never disappoints lovers of innovative hairstyling and makeup and this season took many of your favourite beauty trends to new levels of drama and decadence. Of the looks that Chanel, Dior, Versace and all the other big names sent down the runway, which deserve your thumbs up? See what the big houses had to offer and decide for yourself.
Day 3 at Paris Couture Fashion Week offered something for everyone in terms of beauty looks. The Elie Saab and Valentino hair and makeup was soft, feminine and romantic but the scene-stealer was definitely the Jean Paul Gaultier get-up which turned to the late Amy Winehouse for inspiration. Models, including Andrej Pejic, all doned huge beehives of varying colours, thick retro liner and Winehouse's signature beauty mark. What do you think of the tribute?
We can already imagine celebrities waiting in line for a piece of Elie Saab's collection. For Spring, Saab emoted pure femininity, highlighting gorgeous gowns dipped in a rainbow of pretty pastel hues. Dresses ranged from short to long, showing intricate floral and beading details, most of which were cinched in with a dainty little bow belt. Meanwhile, streamlined silhouettes kept the look fresh and modern. Sheerness also came into play, adding subtle, sexy mystique to an otherwise overtly feminine collection. The closer? A pink and white floral printed wedding dress complete with a cathedral-length tulle veil. Check our notes below for more details, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the runway presentation.
Givenchy's Spring 2012 presentation just validated our longtime desire to play basketball in a couture gown — Riccardo Tisci brought total glamour to the hardwood, showing beautiful '20s and '30s-inspired looks reminiscent of classic science fiction films. It took 350 hours to complete the silk jersey gowns, which were embroidered with scales of crocodile skin, curve-contouring zippers, and opaque beads — making for extraordinarily one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to bring the ultimate drama to any red carpet. The feminine, slightly edgy collection was simply breathtaking, and we can't wait to see which starlet will sport the pieces this season.
- Trends: Crystals, sequins, and lots of intricate beaded detailing; crocodile scales embroidered on silk tulle.
- Colours: White, black and mocha.
- Key Look: The long-sleeved, full-length crocodile scale gown.
- Accessories: Embellished nose rings and oversize, shoulder-sweeping earrings.
- Who Would Wear It: Risk-taking red carpet stars like Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood and Cate Blanchett.
The usual stylish suspects showed up front row to take in the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday, with one notable exception: no Alexa. Le sigh. Still, we can't be too disappointed as Diane Kruger, Vanessa Paradis, Poppy Delevingne and Cameron Diaz all joined Karl Lagerfeld on board the most fashionable jumbo jet in town. Clearly enjoying the shows, Cameron Diaz later took in the Armani Privé show too alongside Jessica Chastain.
If you glimpsed Giorgio Armani's Spring Couture, you might just have one first thought: he's going green — literally. Initial reactions aside, the palette gives way to a range of vibrant hues that encompass every shade of green. But if you lose yourself in the colour, you lose sight of the whole collection, how it marries both the sporty, streamlined menswear in shinning grey tones and the decadent eveningwear that's made Armani a favourite dresser among the Hollywood crowd. The collection doesn't cater definitively to either persona; it gives us both the modern suiting in a glossy, slick finish, then carries over that same contemporary confidence topping a sequinned floor-length gown with a jacket tossed effortlessly across the shoulders.
- Trends: Pantsuits, texture, sequins.
- Colours: Every shade of green, citrus, slick grey, liquid silver, and black.
- Key Look: The liquid-silver strapless gown with the embellished jacket tossed nonchalantly over the top.
- Accessories: Swirl-shaped fascinators, hand-held clutches, elbow-length gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: Awards-show A-listers; Cate Blanchett would rock this suiting.
Super stylist Sam McKnight was on hand to tend to tresses backstage at the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday. With the runway itself taking place inside a manufactured aircraft — that took five days to construct — it's little surprise that McKnight choose to take some of the models' hair to dizzying new heights. Continuing with the collection's blue colour palette, models' eyes were rimmed with blue and nails painted a pearlescent stardust blue. Over at Armani Privé it was all mint green lids and ponytails swirled into buns with strands teased loose over the face. But the pièce de résistance was the sparkly conical headbands.