27 January 2010

Who’s wearing what on the FROW (and the first sighting of this season's clogs!)

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The month-long jaunt of back-to-back fashion shows is upon us and we cannot wait! Kicking off the high-octane glamour is couture week where, so far, we’ve seen an equestrian extravaganza at Christian Dior, shimmering star gazing from Armani Prive, girly glamour at Givenchy and sweet pastels at chez Chanel (phew, that’s A LOT of dresses!). But it’s time to deal with the details. No, we don't mean the clothes, silly – Paula Reed has already covered those. We mean studying the A-list talent who’ve been cramming on to the front rows. Here’s who we’ve spotted…

The ultimate celeb-stalking came at Chanel, of course. Taking her seat alongside Tavi was Alexa Chung, giving the leggy models a run for their money in a cute linen frock from Karl’s barnstorming S/S ‘10 collection and prepped-up preppy style with vintage accessories. We must note that this is the FIRST piece of photographic evidence we’ve seen to prove you don’t have to be 12 to pull off a pair of wooden clogs in real life. The fact that they’re designed by trend-setter Lagerfeld no doubt helps, though... Joining Alexa and bringing a dash of colour to the monochrome FROW was newly pregnant super-duper-model Claudia Schiffer in a yellow Pre-Fall tunic to keep her barely-there baby bump under wraps while still looking as chic as ever. Not fair.

Considering she adores Dior, it was no surprise to see Dita Von Teese jetting over to Pareee to inspect John Galliano’s latest offerings. In fact, it was her head-to-toe leather gear that gave us the surprise, especially as it's highly reminiscent of the outfit she rocked at last season’s Dior show (hmm, admirable consistency or sheer laziness? We can’t decide). A belted jacket over a matching dress topped off with risqué thigh-high boots AND elbow-length gloves? Ooh la la! Now don’t get us wrong, we love getting leathered up from time to time and have long been fans of the burlesque beauty’s dominatrix dress, but this combination is a tad overboard, no? We bet she can’t wait to whip up a frenzy with one of those riding crops! Playing it somewhat safer in a refined skirt suit from the designer’s S/S ’10 collection was Kylie Minogue, oozing Parisian chic. We’re seriously coveting her Bardot-esque hairdo that allows the outfit’s twisted neckline to take centre stage and that wrap-over tulip skirt, which flashes a modest knee, is terribly glam. Top marks for complementing the bold black buttons with a pair of peep-toe pumps and those matchy-matchy glossy nails for a modern edge, too.

Over at Armani Prive, Anne Hathaway was runway ready and looked ever-so-sleek in her futuristic Giorgio Armani dress accented by silver snakeskin Louboutins to perfectly match the moon-inspired couture collection. Here’s hoping there’s much more elegance to come from the savvy actress – one thing’s for sure, she now has oodles of choice come Oscar night. We have our bets on the show’s opalescent full-skirted finale numbers... Meanwhile, Hilary Swank was equally interesting in an asymmetrical dress by Elie Saab for the presentation of the new Natalia Vodianova collection. Isn’t that vibrant blue hue just fabulous?

It’s no secret that we’ve long been in lust with Lou Doillon’s wardrobe, so we were delighted to see her working this drool-some outfit at yesterday’s Givenchy show. With a colour pop courtesy of her red nails and corresponding lips and rosy cheeks, this is one lady who has sexy androgyny nailed. So magnifique! The design house’s new (unlikely?) muse, Ciara arrived 40 minutes late but it was her never-ending set of pins framed by a leather Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci S/S '10 skirt and ankle-grazing wedges that really got the crowd talking. They should just be grateful that she left those OTK red PVC boots at home...

- Jessica Vince


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