Saturday, 1 October 2011

Paris Fashion Week SS12 - Victor and Rolf

The Victor and Rolf show was held in Jardin de Tuilleres, a huge stretch of gorgeous trees and lawns below the Concorde monument, after wandering for over an hour we found the catwalk space. The queue an hour early for the show was huge and it wasn’t until ten past two that the show began.
The show began with two singers on stilts in huge billowing floor length skirts, the skirts split to reveal the catwalk and this made for the models entrance. Rather spectacular!
The first outfits were smart looking suit jackets and pencil skirts with woven strips of ribbon adding contrasting bright colours, hemlines dropped to the knee and holding a feminine silhouette with cinched waists and ruffled skirts.  Orange, turquoise and black were the highly contrasting colours that were mainly used in a bold summer palette. Summer trends that we have already seen were highlighted with crop tops worn with highwaisted skirts, sheer mesh cut outs and wide legged culottes.
The dresses hems dropped even lower to the knee and fantasy ruffles started to grace shoes and shoulders while the woven ribbons rose to the waist and created a gorgeous feminine silhouette for the a-line skirts. Tiered ruffled skirts in pink adding to the candy floss fantasy theme before darking to metallic navy with structured shoulders and plugning necklines.  The evening wear began with sweeping tiered layered maxi dresses in navy, black and again with the contrasting ribbon in salmon pink. Many dresses were strapless while a few featured huge structured shoulders adding the the already over the top ruffled silhouettes. The finale pieces were firstly a turquoise, enourmous netted skirt with an asymmetric black lace overlay and the final dress an off white wedding gown with appliqué pattern and worn with a cropped veil.
The collection overall was beautiful with the exceptional skilled structuring and completely on trend for next summer, also creating a trend with the woven contrasting fabric.

Jemima Daisy 

Pics by Sannita Hancock

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