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Fall Couture Shows 2012

Posted: July 18, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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July 5th was the final day of the Fall Couture shows in Paris. The extraordinary visuals and glittering gowns grab worldly attention twice a year. Couture is an opportunity for designers push the limits and show their bravado. Among the numerous shows, by far the greatest hits are from Versace, Bouchra Jarrar, Giambattista Valli and Chanel.

Versace’s gowns are breathtaking, ethereal and every girl’s dream. The overall concept was taken from the design of tarot cards. Models float down the runway in waves of fabric trailing behind them. Donatella’s touch is soft but also dramatic in her color palette.

Bourchra Jarrar’s collection did not resemble haute couture in the typical sense. Her collection was mostly ready to wear though the clear vision and perfect cut is getting this young designer some attention. Showing ready to wear designs so early is a smart way to have the full attention of press and buyers before the madness begins in September.

If you were hoping to see more avante guarde fashion, then you’ll love Giambattista Valli’s couture collection. Deep reds and emeralds combined with high collars and dramatic silhouettes are perfectly romantic for fall. His inspiration came from Monet—think floral and water lilies with a powerfully enchanting charm.

And then there is Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld has a way of keeping Chanel’s classic elegance in tact even as he explores the present. His couture collection is best described as ‘new vintage’. The collection was a combination of classic Chanel tweed suits, coatdresses, and dreamy chiffon tulle gowns in stormy grays and pinks. Lagerfeld declared the tweed fabric he used was all embroidered—taking over three thousand hours of work!

-Sara Freund

Since the announcement of H&M’s designer collaboration with Versace last spring, the anticipation grew into complete mania. Advertisements and campaigns for the collaboration were everywhere, and you could not help but think it would be an absolute success.

Well, November eventually came and, as predicted, the lines were outrageous (22 hours?!) and people bought up everything. And then returned it. What usually happens with fast fashion/designer collaborations is the immediate purchase of all items, possible server breakdowns and eventually outrageously priced eBay resales. Well, that sort of happened here, but then people also started returning items to stores. Odd.

It seems that people were more into the idea of owning some Versace than the actual pieces. And so, they waited in line, bought the items, went home and realized they weren’t really into pink ruffles and palm trees in winter. I doubt this will deter the upcoming spring collaboration planned between the two brands, but it does say something about the reason why people shop.

Continuing with the wave of collaborations, H&M announced this week their next designer matchup: Marni! Now this is something to look forward to. Marni is one of those sort-of-not-really niche brands with very loyal customers. Known for their prints, colors and cuts, Marni might provide a good reason to line up. Hopefully it will turn out more like Missoni with Target (minus the internet overload).

Here’s a look at the announcement:

– Nadjma Sako

In the world of designer collaborations, Versace is the next big name to lend itself to fashion. H&M has secured a behemoth deal with Versace, which has never done a designer collaboration until now, making it one of the last to be conquered. The collection will be all about Versace’s heritage, going back to the days of Gianni to the present, it should encompass the brand’s DNA. With such a history of dramatic and exciting fashion, there is great anticipation for the results of this collaboration. It has been announced for about a month now, and pictures are being released every week.

This collaboration comes at a great time, right in the midst of collaboration mania with the Target-Missoni line already launched and Lagerfeld for Macy’s recently hitting stores. This is the perfect time for Donatella to reach out to a new audience and expand her brand further than upper-tier wallets. Not to say that Donatella has never attempted to design for the masses because, with her diffusion line, Versus, that was the goal. Yet the prices were never fast fashion low.

The collection will hit H&M stores across the country on November 19. Good thing H&M hasn’t launched e-commerce yet, this way they can avoid Target’s Missoni mania that crashed their site.

-Nadjma Sako

It was the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for swimwear in Miami this week, which means only one thing: skin.  Oh yes, the Miami heat upped the ante with cheek-bearing bottoms for men, putting the term “Speedo” to shame and an incentive to getting married in, get this, bridal bikinis. Do we really need that? Yes, yes we do. Thanks to Beach Bunny Swimwear for that cascading bow on my ass.

And an even bigger thank you to Sonia Vera—a hottie herself—for fulfilling every man’s dream on the beach by designing bikinis that show a lady’s apple bottoms. DSquared and Versace have designed uber tighty-whiteys for those who like to hang-three, uh I mean, hang-ten beach side surfers and tanners alike.


Rag & Bone Fall 2011

New York, London, Milan and Paris. The four major fashion capitals of the world are each hosts to one of the major fashion weeks. It makes you wonder, what’s the difference? Is London Fashion Week only for British designers, or New York just for American designers? Well, that’s not the case. Designers often choose to show outside of their country.

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