Fashion Week Highlights - London, New York, Milan and Paris

Engaging and eclectic, fall winter 2012′s fashion week has not cease to dissapoint! Here are a few of my favorite looks from Paris, New york, Milan and London.

I love this look from Louis Vuitton during Paris Fashion Week, and really like the idea of modelling the ensembles in pairs, wearing matching colour coordinated outfits that complement eacother – it really creates a memorable impact. The fact that it is arranged in this way gives the clothes a sense of continuation which stretches over two bodies rather than one – thus treating the pieces like art in terms of playing around with the negative spaces intelligently and artfully. Theres an almost andrognous look about the collection – Something cool, stiff, robotic and futuristic. I love the muted understated colour pallete infused by a sporadic burst of neon – this was emphasised further by being juxtaposed with a highlighter yellow striped runway in the background – and as if that wasn’t cool enough – the models came down escalators before coming onto the runway. Very unique!

On the right side – a romantic feminine dress from Cacharel (Paris). A beautiful movement of colours ranging from mint green, lilac, salmon pink and ecru. This pastel theme was broken up by the perfect dose of stronger colours like colbalt, periwinkle and even the odd unexpected dash of orange to add further interest. Floaty chiffons, floral prints and ruffles, this collection was unashamedly ladylike and prim – 100% sugar, spice and all things nice.

On the left – A very contemporary, minimalistic and eye catching neon ensemble from Diane Von Furstenberg. I love the use of colour blocking and I feel it really suits the model too – she really works it! This collection was said to have been inspired by travel and exotic destinations so it featured alot of kaftans, bejewelled embellishments and strong sharp colour with zesty, sporty streak to it.

(left) Betsy Johnsons show was carefree, kitsch and fun with eccentric clashing prints and unexpected colour combinations. With an eclectic mix of textures and fabrics her show was extremley flamboyant and deliberatley ostentatious. Betsy Johnson created a sense of real character with her outfits and the look was further pulled together with artistic theatrical make up, quirky accessories, lots of glitter and snow falling onto the runway. Whether you agree with her shabby chic taste or not, one thing is for sure – she certainly creates a lasting impression with a bang!

In a sharp contrast, the Zac Posden gown on the right from New York fashion week is classic and timeless. Materials like satin, tulles and floral chiffons are skillfully layered, ruched and pleated architecturally in this collection.

I loved the crazy individual prints predominant at the Dolche and Gabbanna show. The colours were rich and sumptuous in sunset-like shades and check out that mysterious fortune teller vibe she’s got goin on with this attire! It has a really South American feel to it which I love!

Marchesca presented a very mystical Orient-of-the East inspired collection. Exotic and very harem- like it was reminiscent of 1001 nights. The dress on the right is particularly stunning with heavy draped satin in saphire blue and gorgeous embroideries and crystal work.

Saint Lauren Collection from Milan Fashion Week – mysterious and Zorro-like.

The Versace show was bold and daring mixing psychedelic hues with statement piece jewellery and metallic fringing. Slashed in strategic places, it was sexy, young and vivacious without being tacky.

Lastly Micheal Kors – clever colour blocking in eye catching hues created a statement with a less is more approach. Featuring geometric shapes, bold stripes and sharp outlines it had a nod to Mod (haha geddit????) with a distict sixties flavour. Very Miami poolside glamour.