Nina Ricci SS12
Though Peter Copping got a real upper hand on the lingerie trend when he presented his designs for Nina Ricci Resort, he carried his beautifully seductive pieces through to the brand new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ”Zina“.

While it was named after the artist who designed prints for Nina Ricci in the 1930‘s, Zina de Plagny, the artist’s collaborative new century florals were above and beyond.

That said, it was not only the florals that had my heart racing. Dressed up sheaths, delicate underpinnings, and even a coat which was enveloped between two layers of grey chiffon, quilted with silver thread. He cohesively designed a collection that appeals to both a daywear and couture customer. I die. View Post

Balmain SS12
Though it is unrealistic to expect that we all will be able to afford the pieces presented, Balmain for Spring/Summer 2012 is going to give fresh, worldwide inspiration to many a fashionista.

Olivier Rousteing had a lot on stake this season. It was the young (and hot, ahem) designer’s first season at the reigns of the label after working under Christophe Decarnin for two years, and he certainly impressed. With not a raised brow in the room, Balmain’s ferocious rock and roll edge took not a step out of line.

With Rousteing’s MO being to mix the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas without watering Balmain down, he turned out a brilliant, refined collection. With chrome, gold, black and icy white literally sparkling it’s way into view from backstage, we all experienced insta-love over second skin style dresses, beautifully embellished and fringed jackets, as well as enough leather and studs to please the baddest ‘bad girl’ around. View Post

Carven SS12
Listen up, girly girls! The only collection you need to invest in for Spring/summer 2012. Being one of my favourite brands – especially in the shopability stakes – I have huge expectations for Carven each and every season.

Of course, they haven’t disappointed. Designer Guillaume Henry has mastered and consistently curated the epitome of ‘The Pretty Parisian‘ in a welcoming and charming manner. Luxe short suits, peter pan collars, a-line offerings, buttery leather dresses, and trash-less midriffs bared, anyone?

Everyoneobviously. ;D View Post

Gareth Pugh SS12
I have nothing but praise for Gareth Pugh‘s collection for Spring/Summer 2012. With ingenious longtime collaborators Matthew Stone and Ruth Hogben providing exquisitely heavy sound and vision to enhance Pugh’s collection, the dramatic habit of previous seasons took a triumphant turn towards happier semblances.

Doing the smartest thing a great designer could do, he refined his point of view. Floaty scarf points, monochrome, tailored volume, stripes, and more; all precise icons of the Gareth Pugh empire which were finely tuned and rehashed to suit a wardrobe of a metaphorical bird of prey. Pugh excelled. View Post

Dries van Noten SS12
Last year, Dries Van Noten came across a young English photographer named James Reeve while he was president of the jury at the fashion festival in Hyères. A year later, his Spring/Summer 2012 has been decorated with the photographer’s night-scape prints after they collaborated with each other in Antwerp. Because the photos weren’t meant for attire purposes, Dries combined the prints with haute couture silhouettes from the 1950s. In turn, every pixel came alive.

While prints have found their way into almost all Spring/Summer 2012 shows, the result of this collaboration was incomparable. In one look, Dries even decorated one skirt with actual stones to mirror the lights in Reeve’s photo of a building in Marseille. It is so wonderful to see aesthetic passion lit up in van Noten’s academic flair. Ready-to-wear, with all the delicacies of couture.

(Also: Look at Americas Next Top Model cast off, Fatima Siad, working the runway above! The 24-year-old is the first castoff to land veritable high-fashion runway work!) View Post