Giles SS12
While Giles Deacon whimsically tagged his latest collection as “showgirls, superstars, society ladies and a silver swan“, I have seriously never seen silver like the silver I saw at Giles for Spring/Summer 2012.

Inspired by photographer Cecil Beaton (and the images of his sister Baba, in particular), Giles presented a collection that was stuffed to it’s flawless brim with striking and super-shimmering pieces; standout pieces include swan prints mixed with light-reflective design, feather-trimmed wedding dresses, and a bevy of silver laser-cut leather that I am now convinced every woman needs. Not to say it was all metallics, as one of my favourite pieces was an opulent red, tiered column gown. On top of that, the casting was incredible. This season, Giles Deacon managed to combine the theatrical with the wearable in such a way that young designers will be referencing this collection for years to come. View Post

Prabal Gurung SS12
To set you up for the love fest that is about to begin, I will start by telling you that Prabal Gurung designed a collection for Spring/Summer 2012 that was so incredible I was grabbing my chest as I shoved runway photos under my (completely uninterested) Significant Other’s nose. For a good thirty minutes.

Where do I start?

With a collection where purple, teal, and black ruled the palette, the variety was astounding. Gurung sourced photographs titled “Sensual Flowers” by Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki and turned them into the most beautiful, intricate prints.

Every piece felt special; spectacular red-carpet stealing dresses, sheer asymmetrical panels, handkerchief hemlines, rubber paillettes, exploding tulle, leather harnesses, ostrich feathers, digital print floral georgette dresses, cigarette pants, laser-cut leather shorts, printed blouses, latex coats – and none without the most exquisite attention to detail. He even styled in his Prabal Gurung for Nicholas Kirkwood heels and Prabal Gurung for Linda Farrow Projects sunglasses.

I cannot believe this is only his sixth collection. Prabal Gurung is the future of fashion. View Post


Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman knocked themselves out again with gravity-defying dresses (a Marchesa staple at this point), laser-cut fabrics, and embroideries so royal they would have looked grand in the Topkapi Palace. Like many of their peers (such as Rodarte), the designers showed harem-pant jumpsuits for evening; will we see celebrities crossing over from gowns to dhoti-pants on the red carpet?

In any case, there are enough mind-boggling confections for Marchesa’s starlet fans to choose from – mostly in white, cream, and blush (all proving vastly popular colors for Spring) – with details in lace, teased and gathered chiffon, and sparkling webs of jewels. A black-and-white ombré tulle hand-painted gown with a skirt the width of a crater was a definite crowd pleaser. Closer to the end, there were deep, rich colours – painted with Spring flowers – in purple iris and midnight blue. Accessories obviously consisted of Christian Louboutin‘s fantastical creations – mostly shoe-boots and heavily embroidered sandals which were all made to match the gowns. These were paired with Marchesa clutches. What will they cultivate next season? One can only marvel. Hence the photo overload. Don’t hesitate to grab a glass of vino and click on everything.