The Fall 2012 couture shows have kicked off in Paris, and there’s absolutely nowhere else on earth I would rather be right now. Theatrical fashion, extravagant venues, Veuve on tap, and elaborate after parties – definitely my ideal schedule. Oh, and it’s summer there too – a stark contrast to the SAD (seasonal affective disorder) inducing grey skies here in Auckland.
But one can live vicariously through the Tommy Ton’s of this world and front-row fashionistas from the runway’s traditional monopoly – Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, marie claire and the other VVVIPs.
So far Alexis Mabille, Bouchra Jarrar, Christian Dior and Versace have shown. The one that caught my eye the most? Hands down Versace. Not that it’s particularly my style (if I had limitless credit card it would be exercised at Chanel and Marc Jacobs), but because of the explosive colour, the classic design characteristics representing the brand’s history (notice the sky-high splits and use of metallics), and the fact that the venue, The Ritz Paris, was the last place Donatella saw her late brother Gianni alive.
Anything artistic that actually has significant meaning behind it automatically becomes a whole lot more interesting. Here are some of the pictures of the show.