Paris Fall 2012 Couture: Jean Paul Gaultier

We close Fall 2012 Couture with the only mixed gender show. It was fitting that this was a mixed show, as the inspiration for it was Alfred de Musset, whose inspiration was George Sand. One had to look close sometimes to discern the men from the women and the women from the men. I’m sure 19th century Paris would have been scandalized. 21st century Paris was enthralled.

Female? I think. Only her brazillian waxer knows for sure.

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Paris Fall 2012 Couture: Valentino

Valentino is a house that everyone associates with the color red.

That’s why the designers decided they were going to blow everyone’s minds and go blue.

The words “deconstructed victorian” came to mind upon seeing this opening number. There wasn’t quite the follow through necessary to call it the over all theme to the show, so instead I’ll call it an undercurrent.

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Paris Fall 2012 Couture: Elie Saab

Elie Saab….oh so pretty. Let’s face it. His couture lines are for the little girl in all of us who loves chiffon and sequins and lace and glitter glam done right. Pretty pretty princess wear ahead!

True to form, Saab’s dresses are nearly all monochromatic, and came out according to color. He started us off with the black number cut down to there and then a little lower.

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Paris Fall 2012 Couture: Armani Prive

Giorgio Armani’s couture collection aimed squarely to find the future in the art deco period. He did a full day-to-night line, making it one of the most extensive haute couture shows of the week. The results were lush and lovely.

Let’s start with a play on the French stylings made popular by the post WWI ex pat crowd.  Berets topped the opening looks, which all harkened back to the late 20s and early 30s.

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Paris Fall 2012 Couture: Chanel

“Vintage is depressing,” Lagerfeld sneered after the Chanel show. “But ‘new vintage’ is something to come. It’s preparation for something that could last.” Perhaps that’s why many of their pieces managed to simultaneously feel like timeless classics, throwbacks to the times of Jackie O and forward thinking all at once?



There is nothing more timeless than the classic Chanel suit. I assume they’ll be wearing them well into the 22nd century, whith would explain the silver tights and hand covering to keep the radiation from affecting the skin.

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