RUNWAY

The Fashion runways reviewed by Trendland

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac S/S 2012

This season is looking bright for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, and not just because his collection has been getting rave reviews. The line—famous for its quirky, off-kilter take on sportswear—was just bought by…

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Alexander McQueen S/S 2012

Already on her third show carrying the Alexander McQueen label, Creative Director Sarah Burton has definitely been able to deliver that take-your-breath-away fashion runway feeling. But this S/S 2012, she added a…

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Valentino S/S 2012

The sheer amount of florals, lace, chiffon, and ruffles would have made Valentino himself proud. Although designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri got off to a rough start as designers…

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Balenciaga S/S 2012

A lot of surprises popped up during the Balenciaga S/S 2012 show. For one, the benched seating broke beneath the svelte fashion crowd, forcing everyone to stand as they viewed the entire…

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Lanvin S/S 2012

Alber Elbaz’s perfectly exaggerated silhouettes for Lanvin’s S/S 2012 collection made even the most simple of dresses look stunning. The bold, angular shoulders made the models look even more confident as they…

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Carven S/S 2012

It’s not hard to see yourself in Carven’s S/S 2012 collection, and I don’t mean in a dreamy, “if only…” kind of way. Designer Guillaume Henry, who wanted “the models to seem like…

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Mugler S/S 2012

Just take Lady Gaga’s word for it, and “Don’t f*** with a Mugler Woman”. Mugler women—as seen in the line’s latest Spring/Summer collection—aren’t scared to wear provocative, more-bare-than-there pieces, lofty, pin-thin stilettos,…

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Rick Owens S/S 2012

To label Rick Owens’ style as a goth or grunge would be a huge mistake. Admittedly, the California-born, Paris-based designer has a subversive leaning that gave us draped leather jackets and strapped…

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Neil Barret S/S 2012

Neil Barret’s S/S 2012 was wearable everyday-chic infused with the perfect dose of rock n roll. The collection was totally unpretentious. I enjoyed his graphic experimentation with more traditional patterns like houndstooth,…

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Manish Arora S/S 2012

Manish Arora decided to go more subdued this season, designing what he calls easy and believable clothes. Of course, as it usually goes in the creative industry, these things are relative; and…

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Balmain S/S 2012

Olivier Rousteing had some pretty big shoes to fill this season, as the new 25-year-old designer stepped in with the sudden departure of Christophe Decarnin, as creative director of the 66-year-old label…

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Hussein Chalayan S/S 2012

I always love to see what designer Hussein Chalayan has to say for the upcoming season with his designs. There are few designers that achieve his level of innovative while maintaining such a…

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Limi Feu S/S 2012

As the daughter of Yohji Yamamoto, Limi Feu—the designer’s assumed name—can’t help but be compared to her famous father. Asymmetry, dark colors, and layering just seem to run in the family. But…

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Gareth Pugh S/S 2012

What piece in Gareth Pugh’s new collection didn’t take your breath away? With a renowned flair for drama, the designer first set the mood with a little pre-show film starring Crystal Renn.…

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Pedro Lourenco S/S 2012

Though not a single print was in sight, Pedro Lourenço’s S/S 2012 collection was still as detailed and intricate as any other. The 21-year-old designer—who’s been sewing since he was three, according…

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Backstage at Alexander McQueen Paris S/S 2012

We love backstage photography and we love Alexander McQueen even more, so here is a selection of great backstage photography from his last S/S 2012 show in Paris – runway review coming…

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Felipe Oliveira Baptista S/S 2012

You just can’t miss the zippers at Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s latest SS 2012 collection—they’re literally in every outfit. “Freedom,” explains the designer about the collection’s theme. Zippers give the wearer the option…

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Damir Doma S/S 2012

This S/S 2012 marks the first year since Damir Doma stepped into the womenswear game, with the designer debuting a well-received premiere collection at the last S/S Paris Fashion Week. Originally a…

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Dries Van Noten S/S 2012

If prints were the first thing you noticed about Dries van Noten’s S/S 2012 collection, then you know where the designer’s coming from. ““I didn’t want to use any prints that were…

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Versus S/S 2012

Keeping in line with Versace’s ice-cream color palette for S/S 2012 Christopher Kane and Donatella Versace showed off a range of flirty pleats, cut-outs and sheer fabrics for Versus S/S 2012 collection, in…

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Marni S/S 2012

Marni’s S/S 2012 collection is said to be its strongest to date, if only for the fact that it stood against the tide of frills and fancy common to the season, and…

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Emporio Armani S/S 2012

Neodesign isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of Emporio Armani, but as the collection title given by Giorgio himself, it was definitely their direction for the season. Blonde-wigged models—many…

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Kanye West’s First Fashion Show: S/S 2012

I don’t know what’s more surprising—that Kanye West is designing for women, or that he’s even designing at all. Either way, the multi-awarded, multi-hyphenate artist can do pretty much anything he wants…

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Versace S/S 2012

“I was thinking of sirens and mermaids, their hot sexuality. And everything I like, and Gianni liked,” says Donatella Versace of her last S/S 2012 collection. And judging from the thunderous applause…

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Gabriele Colangelo S/S 2012

Designer Gabriele Colangelo usually looks to artists for inspiration. And for this S/S 2012 Collection, he has the work of Gerhard Richter all over his mood board, and recreated his own personal…

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Aquilano e Rimondi S/S 2012

The best ones never really like to show all they got. Just like Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, the two designers behind their eponymous line Aquilano e Rimondi, who have just revealed…

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Jil Sander S/S 2012

There’s a reason Jil Sander is known for its sophistication and tailoring. Actually, a lot of reasons, and they can all be seen on the runway in the label’s S/S 2012 collection.…

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Emilio Pucci S/S 2012

Fashion lovers actually got a sneak peek at Emilio Pucci’s S/S 2012 collection a few weeks ago, when Gwyneth Paltrow wowed everyone in an ab-baring two-piece gown for the Emmy Awards. Designed…

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Prada S/S 2012

New collections are always said to be the designer’s “most personal one to date”, but in the case of Prada’s S/S 2012, it’s honestly the best description you can come up with.…

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Fendi S/S 2012

Showing a different side of Italian style—less sexpot, more studious—Karl Lagerfeld mainly stuck to daywear demure this S/S 2012. With the usual Fendi flashes of flesh and fur, of course. While the majority…