Ulyana Sergeenko– inspired by orthodox architecture and priests’ vestments. Bell Silhouettes, ruffled collared austerity.
Chanel– Reminding us of all the ways Tweed can be worked, blending tradition and future, new fabrics with period proportions and hairdos and hats with a nod to the Grace Jones
Giambattista Valli– “Flowers and colors are what women want from me,” says Valli. But this show was further inspired by Porcelain.’
Armani-Prive– ethereal elegance glides along in his most recent collection Nude, the “pure elegance of what is on the inside”. The pale palette blending in way that the model and her outfit collide seamlessly so you could barely tell where the fabric ended and skin began. Old Hollywood was reborn in sleek silhouettes and an art Deco glow insinuating luxe.
Zuhair Murad-tattoo style embroidery, the signature of his dark sensuality imbued in his designs gothic architecture. Exquisitely feminine lace beaded gowns and sheer bodysuits.
Alexis Mabille– inspired by nineteenth century painter Giovanni Boldini, a sense of light and shadow from brush work. Mabille created this sense of movement through hand painting garments bringing the feminine form to blossom.
Christian Dior– Freedom, varied textures bringing sensibility to couture, choosing to wear what you want in the way you want. This was Simon’s vision, a sense of normality.
Atelier Versace– First off Naomi Campbell opened and closed the show to wolf whistles. This girl still has it. Inspired by a black and white photo of the thirties “Horst and Man Ray. It was a moment about precision, about perfection and lots of work” echoed in the intricate details but with lots of skin alas chez Versace.