Diane Kruger and Hailee Steinfeld brought their Hollywood star power to the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion show in Paris last night. Karl Lagerfeld's long-time friend Diane, who flew to Paris after celebrating the San Francisco 49ers' win in Vancouver, wore head-to-toe Chanel to the event. Meanwhile, Hailee wore a Chanel cardigan and Christian Louboutin heels. Other celebrities who turned out included stylish girls like Rita Ora, Clémence Poésy, and the singer Grimes. Click through for a look at the fashionable front row.
Celebrity fashion-lovers flocked to Paris for this week's haute couture fashion week. Kicking things off in style was Versace's runway presentation, drawing Gleeks Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison as well as Jessica Alba and Mad Men's resident siren Christina Hendricks to sit front row, while Christian Dior, Armani Privé and Chanel attracted royalty of the real (Princesses Charlene and Tatiana), and Hollywood (Sophia Loren), variety. From day four, Valentino brought the heavy-hitters with Olivia Palermo, Clémence Poésy and stylish duo Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in attendance. Louis Vuitton didn't put on a show, but the celeb-filled store opening brought the level of style we've come to expect from a week at Paris couture fashion week. Step inside to see the our best-of-the-best, fabulous front row round-up!
Chanel is always the jewel in the crown of the haute couture fashion week schedule, and this season's A/W show certainly didn't disappoint. Karl Lagerfeld took the brand's signature ready-to-wear fabrication, the iconic Chanel tweed, and made it couture-worthy; embellishing it with delicate pearls and dainty floral motifs, splicing into pastel patchworks, trimming with chiffon and sculpting into effortlessly elegant evening coats and sheaths. Of course Coco's classic two-piece skirt suit made an appearance, but it's the way that Karl made it his own that's the trick. Watch this breathtakingly beautiful video to see how the nimble fingers of Chanel's skilled seamstresses take Lagerfeld's vision from sketch, to reality, to runway. Le sigh.
Couture Week is under way, and celebrities have arrived in Paris to sit front row at their favorite high-fashion runway shows. On Tuesday, Chanel brought out the likes of Alexa Chung, Diane Kruger, and Poppy Delevingne, to name a few. All of the front-row stars put their personal spin on their Chanel looks. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more! On Allison McNamara: Melanie Auld.
Raf Simons set the scene for his Couture collection with wall-to-wall flowers in a private home on the Avenue d’Iena in Paris — lovely as they were, they still played second fiddle to the craftsmanship of his Dior debut. In perfect balance, Raf celebrated both the fashion legacy at Dior, while staking out a claim for his own. He married the history of the house's '40s aesthetic with re-creations of Dior's archival patterns sewn into the backs of his ornately embroidered dresses, but the skillful tailoring told a much more contemporary story. Slim trousers, topped with fit-and-flare dresses and peplum trim were part of Raf's own modern narrative, as were the full, voluminous gowns topped with sheer, t-shirt like tops. Right down to the pointed-toe pumps, red lips, and pearls, Raf honed in on our favourite parts of ladylike dressing without building caricatures, thanks to proportions, functionality in evening wear, and trends that play to today's woman and her point of view. For Raf, vintage Dior was the jumping off point — but it wasn't the full story.
- Trends: Menswear, peplum, cinched waists, outerwear as evening wear, dresses over pants
- Colours: White, navy, black, petal pink; a splash of canary yellow, red, and fuchsia
- Key piece: Ladylike coats, cinched at the waist and worn as dresses; fit-and-flare dresses over slim-cut pants
- Accessories: Classic, pointed-toe pumps, wide metallic belts, pearl-encrusted chokers and cuffs; ladylike gloves
- Who would wear it: Demure, classic beauties like Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams; we'd love to see Diane Kruger in the full-skirted, blue-floral print gown.
With front row attendees like Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, and Lea Michele, it's safe to say the line to nab a piece of Donatella Versace's Fall '12 Couture collection for the next red carpet appearance will be a lengthy affair. The show — held at the prestigious Ritz Paris where her brother Gianni Versace showed his couture shows for many years before his death — turned up the volume on what the Italian fashion house does best: jaw-dropping minidresses and gowns. The collection was filled with Versace's signature glamour and glitz as a rainbow of pastel hued looks made their way down the runway. If the sheer corset dresses and scarf print minis weren't enough, Donatella's penchant for over-the-top decadence was proven in her flourish of studded wide belts, strappy high heel pumps, statement cocktail rings. Look closely and you can see all intricate fabric techniques she utilized like weaving patent leather together into a leather jacket, creating delicate sheer cutouts, and our favourite, a glittery mesh detail we're dying to get our hands on. More details from the collection below, then check out the complete collection.
- Trends: High slits, sheer cutouts, metallics
- Colours: Yellow, green, pink, purple, gold, light blue.
- Key piece: The diaphanous printed gowns with high slits are perfect for a red carpet event.
- Accessories: Strappy pumps, wide embellished belts, and statement rings
- Who would wear it: Girls who want to turn heads like Katy Perry, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.