Balmain Ready to Wear Paris Fashion Week 2013
Elie Saab at Paris Fashion Week
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2012
Givenchy Spring/ Summer 2012
Riccardo Tisci skipped a full blown catwalk show, but unlike Donatella’s line-up, Tisci had to make do with two models, eight plastic mannequins and a picture of Stella Tennant in languid black jacket and elaborate nose ring (just like the old days).
Close up, the monumental achievement of a slouchy looking (in itself a miracle considering its weight) pinafore evening dress composed of more than a million minute black beads, each one stitched on by hand, became apparent. The dress took weeks to make because the seamstresses had to keep popping it back on the mannequin to check the beaded columns were straight.
Elsewhere, Swarovski crystal studded cashmere palazzo pants and embroidered and lace ‘T-shirts’ were Tisci’s way of interpreting both ends of society. He had, his PRs reported, been watching Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s seminal 1920s film about a dystopian future in which the haves clash with the have-nots. Ahem. The resulting monchrome clothes were stunning, but perhaps film is a better medium than couture for bleak social commentaries.
Givenchy couture mixed with one of my favourite films?! YES, PLEASE.
Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2012 at Paris Fashion Week
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012 (A Film by Sean Frank)
McQueen is obviously one of my favourite fashion houses but I love Frank’s take on the behind the scenes and all the preparation for the show.