This week, Paris has been taken by storm and not just because of the snow on the ground. It appears that blow-dryers, hair dyes, glues and kooky-crazy makeup styles have been jazzing up the haute-couture fashions and taking centre stage. Just look at these seven incredibly intricate beauty styles and judge for yourself!
The front rows at the Couture Fall 2012 shows in Paris this week were full to the brim with stylish stars, not least our British beauties. At the Chanel Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2012 show on Tuesday, Alexa Chung wore a navy sweater and classic Chanel tweed skirt while Poppy Delevingne went with a white blouse and denim skirt. Over at the Giorgio Armani Prive presentation, Anna Wintour donned a LWD while M.I.A. was in vintage Gianni Versace at the Versace catwalk on Sunday. Which British fashionista was most fab?
Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri showed Valentino's Fall 2012 Couture collection at Hotel Salomon yesterday to a star-studded front row that included Clémence Poésy, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The show, which brought Paris Couture Fashion Week to a close, was inspired by French symbolist painter and "lover of dark colours" Gustave Moreau. Midnight blue plissé dresses and evening gowns in lace and silk chiffon with sheer panels contributed to the nocturnal mood, as did the matching crepe capes. Round and gull-wing necklines topped the ethereal dresses as well as the plainer, fuller satin gowns in scarlet and dusty pink. Many of the jumpsuits and trouser suits that followed were embroidered with gold thread and beads, teamed with brocade sculpted coats and the mini trend of this couture season, attention-grabbing beaded cardigans. Check out more details from the collection below, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the catwalk.
- Trends: Feminine silk chiffon and lace gowns, full satin dresses, embellished jumpsuits and trouser suits, embroidered capes.
- Colours: Midnight blue, black, dusty pink, scarlet red, gold.
- Key Piece: The midnight blue lace and silk chiffon gown and matching cape will look stunning on the red carpet.
- Accessories: Low-heeled square-toed ballet pumps.
- Who Would Wear It: Ethereal red carpet beauties like Keira Knightley, Florence Welch and Anne Hathaway.
The catwalks of Couture Fashion Week in Paris have been full of masked and veiled models at Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani Prive and Maison Martin Margiela. On Monday, Valli took the Garden of Eden theme through the floral clothes right up to the net masks that covered glittery eyes and captured butterflies on the models' lips atop Elizabethan ruffles and pansy print peplums, while over at Dior, Raf Simons' debut for the fashion house saw neon makeup pop underneath net veils in black, yellow, blue and white. On Tuesday, the Giorgio Armani Prive catwalk was awash with beaded, crystal embellished veils that hung over slicked down hair, while bejewelled masks fully covered the models' faces at Wednesday's Maison Martin Margiela show. Take a look at the couture trends right here!
Elie Saab's Fall 2012 Couture collection, shown in Paris' Pavillon Cambon Capucines today, was full of the elegant femininity one would expect from the red carpet gown master. Inspired by the "imperial splendour" and Ottoman motifs of Constantinople, the shimmering dresses included the pastel shades of his Spring Couture collection but also featured black, gold and teal for the cooler months. The antique, vintage look came courtesy of sheer fabrics, lace panelling and intricate embroidery, with many gowns cinched in with thin belts and silhouettes ranging from full skirts to peplum waists. Plunging necklines and high split skirts were few and far between, instead there were high necks and long-sleeves modelled by the likes of Karlie Kloss. The show-stopper? A full-skirted, beaded, sequined, embroidered wedding dress complete with substantial train. See more details from the collection below, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the presentation.
- Trends: Lace panelling, sheer fabrics, delicate embroidery.
- Colours: Nude, pale pink, powder blue, peach, black, gold, teal.
- Key Piece: The high-neck, lace-panelled full-length gowns intricately embroidered.
- Accessories: Ankle-wrap heels and skinny belts.
- Who Would Wear It: Red carpet A-listers like Katie Holmes, Emily Blunt and Zoe Saldana.
Cameron Diaz brought out another glamorous look for the Valentino Couture Fashion Week festivities this afternoon. The actress has been popping up for runway presentations since the festivities got under way on Monday. She sat front row at Versace with Diane Kruger and posed with Bar Refaeli at Dior, but it was her stop by Armani yesterday that brought a fun surprise. Cameron and Jessica Chastain were seated together when Jessica received a call about her Oscar nomination for The Help, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation. Cameron took a break from the action just yesterday for a meeting at Givenchy's Paris offices.
Jessica Chastain was in Paris this afternoon at the Giorgio Armani Prive runway show when the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced — but when the news that The Help star had earned a best supporting actress nod broke, the fashionable French crowd gave the actress a standing ovation!
Jessica may have been the woman of the hour at the Grand Palais, where the show was held, but she wasn't the only boldfaced name in attendance at the couture presentation. She was seated side-by-side with Cameron Diaz in a coveted front-row spot. The actresses both stopped to pose for pictures and chat with designer Giorgio Armani before taking their seats. Cameron had already made the scene at several major shows, including Chanel, Dior, and Versace, before putting in the appearance at Mr. Armani's show this morning. For all the highlights from the Paris runways, be sure to check out Fab's roundup of the 100 most beautiful couture week looks so far!
Today's Chanel fashion show brought A-list guests to the Grand Palais in Paris. Cameron Diaz continued making the rounds during Couture Fashion Week, and she was joined by Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis. All three ladies modeled Karl Lagerfeld's designs, and once inside, they took seats alongside other Karl favorites like Daphne Guinness, Alice Dellal, and Poppy Delevigne.
This was Cameron's third show since arriving in France. She kicked things off at Versace, then stepped out for the Dior presentation. Vanessa, meanwhile, has been avoiding any fallout from the Johnny Depp breakup rumors by sticking close to her French home in recent days. She stepped out last night for a premiere of her film Café de Flore, and was spotted shopping for home goods over the weekend. This morning's event was Diane's latest with Chanel. Diane attended the opening of their Numéro Privés at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas over the weekend and partied with the likes of Jessica Alba and Rachel Zoe.
Diane Kruger was decked out in an embellished outfit for the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday. She kicked off her fashionable run last Friday in Las Vegas, where she attended a Chanel bash at the Wynn Hotel. Diane popped up in France yesterday for the beginning of Couture Fashion Week, which she marked at Versace's presentation alongside Cameron Diaz. The stylish ladies were back in the front row for Chanel Couture this morning. While Diane is busy bringing out her best looks for the cameras, her boyfriend Joshua Jackson is having his own fun in Park City, UT. He's just one of the many celebrities at Sundance and was spotted partying with pals following the premiere of Lay the Favorite over the weekend.
Cameron Diaz and Bar Refaeli posed at the Dior Haute Couture show during Paris Fashion Week today. Cameron went with a polka-dot dress while Bar got sexy in a cream-colored mini. It was Bar's first Dior presentation, and she spent time backstage with designer Bill Gaytten afterward. Cameron, meanwhile, kicked off the stylish fun this morning with Diane Kruger in the front row for Versace. Diane popped up in France just in time for the festivities after spending Friday night in Las Vegas to celebrate the opening of Numéro Privés with Chanel. There's more to come from Paris Fashion Week so be sure to check back for the latest on FabSugar and Fashionologie!