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“I Know What Women Want. They Want To Be Beautiful” – Valentino

Having not been too up to date on my posting recently, I want to take a second and reflect on what was one of my favorite shows from Paris Fashion Week – Valentino.

It was immaculately tailored perfection with the ideal use of color, leather and prints. It summarized the effortlessly chic nature of Fashion Week in Paris in such a understated manner that spoke true elegance.

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“Fashion Is A Very Stressful Place To Work Because Of The Shows – No One Expects A Writer To Produce 2 Books A Year On The Dot” – John Galliano

So yet another New York Fashion Week has come and gone. Fashionistas have arrived and conquered, editors haven’t slept, the after-parties have been riotous and we still aren’t quite sure what John Galliano was doing with Oscar De La Renta.. All over New York, those in the fashion world are taking a deep sigh of relief and looking forward to a weekend of, well, sleep.

So, what was the highlight? For me personally, Oscar De La Renta – sure we didn’t get an actual answer on Galliano’s presence but when the collection came down the runway, we didn’t need one. From the felt hats, wrap belts, draped fabrics and the pale, matte make up, this collection read like a Galliano manual and although slightly biased (I heart Galliano), it was my fashion week moment.

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“Every Year The Women Of New York Leave The Past Behind & Look Forward To The Future… This Is Known As Fashion Week…” – Carrie Bradshaw

New York Fashion Week, NYFW to those in the know and the hashtag that never gets old, is where the New York fashion crowd come to mingle, not touch carbs and enjoy the latest collections. For fashion PRs, its 7 days of hell, for productions companies sleep becomes something for the week and for the socialites, well, it just doesn’t get any better.

So why is it that this week, despite all the hardships it involves, it still one of the most amazing, unworldly and favorite calendar weeks of the year? Simply put, because it’s FASHION week. Designers worldwide flood the fashion capital to show their latest collections, debut the latest trends and to simplify it more, show us what they got!

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“Haute Couture Should Be Fun, Foolish And Almost Unwearable” – Christian Lacroix

Day two of Spring Couture 2013 and some more beautful pieces were on display. My favorites from today were Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Elie Saab; beading, detail and embroideries were laid on like no other and all 3 collections were cohesive but elegant and unique.

Jean Paul Gaultier seemed to merge South of France with Bollywood chic in the best way; silk and chiffon flowed on the runway whilst beehive hair and tribal earrings brought a vintage bollywood vibe to life.

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Elie Saab showed his take on timeless elegance. Beading, embroideries and lace were forefront as the collection gracefully moved through a length and color spectrum.

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Valentino was the final favorite of the day, floral stitching, polka dots and peplum made it playfully girly without being too frou-frou. It was clean cut but detailed perfection.

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“Haute Couture Consists Of Secrets Whispered From Generation To Generation” – Yves Saint Laurent

Haute Couture is timeless, the saying itself means ‘high sewing’ and it allows each designer to showcase their talents to a higher degree. Focus isn’t just on the aesthetic, it’s what went into that aesthetic, drawing attention to fabrics, techniques and embroideries

Chanel showed a mix of quirky takes on the little Chanel suit with high quality stitching, beading and tailoring. Raf Simons brought his second haute couture into the mix where full skirts, chiffon and exquisite tailoring were all in play; Atelier Versace seemed to mix a little South Beach with a little Jersey Shore whilst Armani Privé seemed to provide the perfect blend of boudoir and the Orient. However, my favorite of the day had to be Giambattista Valli.

Valli’s collection was fresh and innovative whilst bringing timeless and classic silhouettes to the runway. Monochrome with dashes of bright color held your attention whilst the variations on volume and length made it playful – it made couture youthful, no longer something only for the more mature with an inflated bank balance.

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