I have never really been one to understand haute couture.
I’m just not enough of a ‘visionary’, when it comes to fashion, to translate those extreme runway looks in my mind into something I would wear on a daily basis.
Therefore, the only fashion week show pictures I ever really browse online are from the Ready to Wear collections. There’s no way any of these pieces would be ‘ready to wear’ for me (well, they’re still thousands of dollars each for starters!), as they are still too out there, but they’re often tamed down enough that I could get an idea of what the new trends are and how I could work them into my closet if I like them.
Sooooo as Paris Fashion Week has been underway now for a while, I thought I would do the legwork and pick out some of my favourite pieces from some of the designers showcasing this year. Again, the pieces as they stand on the runway are not really ones I like but if there was something in it I liked the look of, I chose it! See what you think?
- Stella McCartney RTW Fall/Winter 2012
Stella McCartney is awesome because: a) she refuses to use fur or leather in her designs (yayyyy!) and b) she was responsible for my favourite look from the Grammys this year, Gwyneth Paltrow’s black and gold gown.
Her Paris Fashion Week RTW collection was full of these long-sleved dresses with the same flirty hem and funky pattern that you see here. Plus I love that her platforms all had white soles!
- Chanel RTW Fall/Winter 2012
I loved all the purple in Chanel’s collection this fall. Sometimes fall/winter runways are very drab (and there was a lot of grey and black this year) so I was really glad to see this purple in there – such a pretty colour!
- Valentino RTW Fall/Winter 2012
Ah Valentino, how you disappointed me so on this year’s red carpet. From Shailene Woodley’s Oscar near-miss and Viola Davis’ BAFTA Awards near-miss, to surefire misses on Livia Firth at the Oscars and Michelle Williams at the SAG Awards, I was very concerned about what your collection would hold for us on the runway.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by how wearable this outfit was. First of all, I love the mix of tough and feminine fabrics. And then the black and white? Love. And the sheer? LOVE! Don’t even get me started on the bow :).
- Yves Saint Laurent RTW Fall/Winter 2012
When I didn’t like Kylie Minogue’s blue dress at the BRIT Awards, it was mainly because of the fit, not the style, so I wasn’t holding anything against Yves Saint-Laurent. Thank goodness, because this was probably my favourite collection of all the Ready to Wears I looked at from Paris Fashion Week.
There were lots of deep V-necked dresses and lots of pantsuits. So I chose this photo as the most representative of the collection – a deep V-necked pantsuit! It’s a sexy look without revealing too much. Love it!
- Cacharel RTW Fall/Winter 2012
I wouldn’t have thought of pairing white tights under a short dress, especially not in fall, but I appreciated that Cacharel tried hard not to make its collection too dull and boring. Just because it’s for fall/winter shouldn’t mean it’s dull!
I loved the colour/pattern and style of this dress.
- Giambattista Valli RTW Fall/Winter 2012
Ultimately I wasn’t a fan of Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli Oscars gown, but it was a similar red to this and I loved the infusion of red on the runway.
Also? Loving the deep V while it’s colour-blocked with a black panel so it’s office appropriate.
- Nina Ricci RTW Fall/Winter 2012
- Balmain RTW Fall/Winter 2012
So many things about this look that I love – I would put it as my second favourite behind YSL’s runway. Love the embroidery on the pants, and the cozy knit sweater that’s loose fitting while the pants and booties keep some structure to the outfit. LOVE!
- Mugler RTW Fall/Winter 2012
Haha and this was the most ‘normal’ of Mugler’s whole ‘ready to wear’ collection, I swear! If they filled in some of those slits though I think I like the way this dress drapes and flows. And I love the white chest panel with the black straps!
- Hermes RTW Fall/Winter 2012
- Christian Dior RTW Fall/Winter 2012
- Isabel Marant RTW Fall/Winter 2012
- Lanvin RTW Fall/Winter 2012
So Lanvin completely failed for me on Meryl Streep for her Oscar win, but wowed me with Emma Stone’s gown at the Golden Globes, so they can come out with some real winners. And this runway, albeit dark, was stunning. This dress is gorgeous with its draping. Love it!
- What are your favourites? Gotta be Yves Saint Lauren first for me, followed by Balmain and then Christian Dior!
- Do you ever look at runway fashions? Or do you find them too ‘out there’ as well?