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Paris Couture Spring 2012 Round Up: Day Three

All good things come to an end…. but at least we can now start looking forward to next Season’s Paris Couture shows. In most cases, the best is saved till last, but judging over the past couple of days, I think we could definitely say that the best was saved till…. well… it wasn’t saved, it was just all on show for us to see for the whole three days. How spoiled are we?! So here it is… the final round up of Day three at Paris Couture week.

Valentino

We were transported to the times of the Renaissance by the Valentino show, with models swathed in high neck, floor length, long sleeve dresses in an array of beautiful rose print fabrics finished with pintucks and sunburst darts. A French royalty ambiance was evident with embroidered collars and gauze piece that were simply romantic and breathtaking. It was poetry at its finest.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Taking on a less conservative approach was the Jean Paul Gaultier show, seemingly inspired by the late Amy Winehouse with cigarettes and all (which did not go down well with her father Mitch). I imagined Nicki Minaj’s jaw dropping at the sight of every ensemble. Leather varsity jackets were teamed with long, flowing satin skirts and his traditional corsets were in full play, teamed with champagne coloured knickers. On the more formal side of things, tuxedos were pieced together with silk harem trousers and cropped jackets with satin lapels, while gowns were created with taffeta silk in acid bright colours and finished with oversized bows.

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Elie Saab

Oh how I wished I was a blushing bride to be when I saw the genius show of Elie Saab. Whimsical, sweeping gowns glided down the runway in Spring hues of peach, taupe, lemon meringue, mint green, baby blue and soft pink. There was serious attention to detail with the use of tiny crystals embroidered onto soft silks with the kind of mastery skills that the Lebanese designer is famous for.

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Paris Couture Spring 2012 Round Up: Day Two

Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Stephane Rolland, Givenchy, Alexandre Vauthier… have I got you floating on cloud nine yet? Well let me just fluff up that cloud pillow of yours with a round up of the best Paris Couture had to offer on day two.

Chanel

Guests boarded ‘Chanel Air’ for some rather glamorous in-flight entertainment taking place inside a manufactured aircraft. We took to the skies with all shades of bleu on show. In typical Chanel fashion, a lot of texture was integrated into each piece with pockets and boat necks seeming to be a favourite. Models’ graced the catwalk with beaded, feathered and sequinned hair pieces adorning teased mohawks and elegant quiffs. I actually can’t resist saying that the gravity defying hair was taken to new heights. Oh dear!

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Givenchy

I love a bit of dark romance and the house of Givenchy know how to do it well. Monochrome pieces were accented with tribal-like jewels. Bull rings hung from noses and large crystal earrings were attached to collars, giving each dress an exquisite gothic effect. Ten couture dresses were created by Riccardo Tisci who embraced loose lines and bias cuts, inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 ‘Metropolis’ among other passions of his.

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Stephane Rolland

Yasmin Le Bon stole the show at Stephane Rolland when she labored down the catwalk in a scarlett red jersey wedding gown, which was so heavy that she had to have two assistants help with the train. The models, on the other hand, strutted their stuff in ivory, scarlett, black and acid green column dresses, some sharpened with the use of structured pleats while others were softened with chiffon. A hard edge was accessorized with chunky gold jewellery, waist belts and thumb-less gloves.

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Alexandre Vauthier

Sleek kimono inspired tailoring teamed with disco-worthy gold dresses and wet-look skinny pants was all the rage at Alexandre Vauthier. Towards the end of the show we headed into divalicious territory with sheer dresses dropped to the naval and split to the thigh, offset with fur shoulders and gold chokers.

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Paris Couture Spring 2012 Round Up: Day One

Just what is Paris Couture Week you ask? Well, firstly all garments called Couture must be made by hand, in fact if a piece can be made by machine it cannot be considered Couture. Secondly, the company must have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time. Finally, each season (twice a year) they must present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear. These regulations are controlled by law through the Federation Francaise de la Haute Couture and few designers can ever hope to become members of this elite group. Now that I have your attention, let’s roll out some of the best of day one.

Atelier Versace

If I never felt like a cocktail, this show would have me at the bar in no time. Wait a minute… perhaps because I drink too many cocktails I was drawn to heading to a bar… never mind. Either way, the crowd was blasted with citrus colours. Vibrant yellows, sunset oranges and lime greens swanned up and down the stairs at the show. In true Atelier Versace style, the silhouette of woman was celebrated in strong, sensual form. Bodysuits were adorned with metal aztec cutouts, while dresses were cut thigh high and accented with asymmetrical pleats, sheer paneling and beading.

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Christian Dior

After quite a tumultuous year, all eyes were on the house of Christian Dior which I felt lacked the imagination and genius touch of it’s former director. Dresses embraced a 1950s vibe with full skirts, cinched waists and off the shoulder pencil-slim dresses that emphasised fragile femininity and made me want to say ‘Eat ya Heart Out’ to Audrey Hepburn. Once again sheer fabrics and embroidery were prominent. The knock out pieces? The full length Prom dresses complete with hoop slip skirts.

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Giambattista Valli

I’m completely mad for texture. A sprinkle of glitter here, a dust of feather there, a lashing of lace anywhere! Giambattista Valli speaks to me like no other designer can – except THE Valentino and Galliano who are both out of the game. Each piece has that perfect made by hand level of luxury that women swoon for. I simply couldn’t pick a favourite… and won’t even bother spoiling such beauty with words.

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Bouchra Jarrar

Bouchra Jarrar Moved away from figure hugging feminine silhouettes and delved into the fine art of tailoring alongside flowing, draped dresses giving us a fresh take on Parisian minimalism. Relatively new on the scene, but certainly not new to fashion, she acquired her skills working under Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga for ten years as well as working in Christian Lacroix’s couture studio for 18 months before starting her own line. Her focus was once again on keeping it simple, letting the clean lines of the impeccable tailoring speak for themselves, with the only accents being on double breasted, brass button military jackets and backless gilets and fur loop scarves.

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Christophe Josse

In January 2011 Christophe Josse was promoted from guest member to permanent member status by the Federation Francaise de la Haute Couture. Although his inspiration came from the Museum of Islamic art in Doha, the setting of the show – held at the beautiful 19th century Salons France-Ameriques – gave an extraordinary touch. Exquisite gowns sashayed down the runway in a palette of peach pastel, pearl grey champagne and cream, offset with bright fuchsia pink and iris violet.

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Alexis Mabille

The most interesting award definitely goes to Alexis Mabille. I guess the phrase ‘blooming wonderful’ applies to his show aptly. Models adorned giant flower headpieces and matching coloured faces. Every colour of the rainbow was used, and then some. Dress coats came in all forms and fittings, from short and loose to Edwardian. Column dresses were accessorised with frills and flamenco-like sleeves, while other dresses took on a more regal approach.

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MAC Muppet: Miss Piggy

“Nice to meet you”.

“Yeah… nice to meet me too.”

And she flicked her blonde locks with a hand controlled by sticks.

I’m talking about Miss Piggy of course who graced our offices with her presence today. And boy oh boy, she didn’t disappoint!

A flurry of excitement surged through Grazia when we sneaked a peek of the divalicious muppet. Not only was she dressed to the nines, she had her personal makeup artist on hand too… and yes… she got her ‘makeup’ done for hours in another room while we all waited with baited breath.

Personally, I grew up completely infatuated with Miss Piggy, Kermit and their fabulous fuzzy friends, so when I heard that the pretty porker was to have her own makeup line with MAC I cheered while others jeered. After all, she is an iconic actress, supermodel chanteuse, muse and cinema, television and broadway superstar!

Fittingly, the line includes the absolute essentials for such a sultry swine, consisting of  a Miss Piggy Pink eyeshadow (£11.50), Rapid Black eyeliner (£14) and 36 Lash fake lashes (£10), available in February 2012. You can see the glamour goddess in Disney’s The Muppets in cinemas on the 10th February.

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Blogging away…

Blogging for Grazia means I haven’t really had time to blog for myself. eek!!! I promise to update during the week, but for the mean-time… keep update to date with the latest beauty and fashion news with me at GRAZIA

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Kristen Stewart: The New Face of Balenciaga Scent

Kristen Stewart. New face of Balenciaga. Really?

I mean, come on. How does the face of vampire love stories become the face of a fashion dynamo? What will they call it? ‘Sulky Teen’? Never the less, the two seem to be besotted with each other.

“Balenciaga has always stood out to me. Even when I first began to consider fashion and admittedly rarely knew the brand I was wearing, I always recognised and loved Balenciaga. It feels full circle to be involved with something that spoke to me then and of course continues to excite me now,” she told WWD. “The brand is just cool. That’s the way it is. I feel drawn to it. It provokes on a number of levels. It isn’t afraid or contrived. It hits a very cool balance, always. Always pretty undeniable.”

Like wise, it seems she has made quite the impression on the label’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.

“Kristen embodies the modernity of the new Balenciaga fragrance with her unique sensibility and intelligence,” he said. “From her early appearance in Panic Room to her independent choice of Welcome to the Rileys, I’ve always sensed her progressive character. In 2006, I invited her to appear in a project shot by Bruce Weber. Since then, I’ve always wished to collaborate with her further, knowing that she shares the radical spirit of Balenciaga.”

Well… If you say so….

*the unnamed scent is set to launch later this year.

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Ski Skin Saviours (Try saying that 5 times)

I’m heading to the glorious, Val D’Isere ski resort come Sunday and I’m in the process of packing my ‘snow essentials’. I do love ski-ing, but whenever I go, I notice my skin basically turns to sh!t. One saviour I like to make sure I pack is face oil. Moisturiser alone just doesn’t cut the mustard. If I’m going to be flying down a hill with wind, ice and sun smacking me in the face, I want to make sure I have pretty solid protection.

Oil is rich in essential fatty acids to aid the regeneration of skin cells and depending on the extracts used, a number of other benefits await your face, such as Vitamin E and Vitamin A. An added bonus is that face oil also helps reduce the appearance of ageing by providing natural firming agents to your skin.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… ‘but oil is bad for my skin, that’s why I cleanse.’ Wrong. Firstly, you shouldn’t be stripping your skin of its natural oils daily. If you do so, you will end up in the inevitable cycle of tight, dry skin leading to the excess production of oil, so make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser. Secondly, remember that your skin needs oil, that’s why it produces it. Thirdly, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that oil produces pimples. It doesn’t. It’s a combination of dirt, dead skin cells, build up, bacteria and hormones that create those pesky spots.

If you want to salvage tired looking skin and glow with radiance, I suggest you add this pre-moisturisation treat to your routine. Here are a few of my personal favourite face oils that I keep on rotation for their biological benefits.

Natio: Ageless Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – This oil has been part of my beauty ritual for ages and is by far my favourite face oil out of all the ones I have used in the past!!! It’s a powerhouse of rich nutrients in a tiny bottle and absorbs quickly. It promises to give your skin natural nourishment and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation and my word – it does! I have literally watched scars disappear using this product and it works wonders for those hideous dark circles under my eyes.

Certified Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil £13.60 Debenhams, $18.14 natio.com.au

Sancturary Skincare: Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil – I got pretty much addicted to this product a few months ago. The first time I used it, it was a bit ‘meh’. I didn’t really notice anything different to my much loved Natio – except for the fact that it looked cool with a dropper instead of the pump and smelt nicer – but after using it for the fourth time, I actually noticed that my skin was plumper. I have seen first hand the benefits of this oil on women aged over 40, so I’m getting started early. This is now MY little secret to refreshed looking skin when I haven’t had many winks of sleep.

Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil £17.35 thesanctuary.co.uk

Weleda: Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules – I love the capsules, although they are a little tricky to use at first (I did manage to spray the first one all over the bathroom). Sure, it means the product is going to be a little more expensive, but at least I know how much I should be using, plus the product itself smells delicious. This oil comes in 0.3ml capsules designed for use once every 3 or 4 days and each one is enough for coverage of your face and neck. It does take a few weeks of use to notice any changes, but after a while my skin was noticeably softer and calmer (I know. That sounds strange, but it’s really the only way I can think of describing it).

Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Capsules £16.95 feelunique.com, $38.92 herbalserenity.com.au

The Body Shop: Vitamin E Facial Oil – This product gets top marks for radiant skin. It’s naturally high in Vitamin E, meaning it’s loaded with anti-oxidants, so it really helps to reduce blemishes by maintaining the skin’s oil balance during the cleansing process.

Vitamin E Facial Oil £10 or $29.95 The Body Shop

Tip: For good coverage, make sure you massage the oil into your skin in circular motions, the heat from your finger tips will thin the product and spread it twice as far.

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