Ok, so what have we learnt so far? Spring Summer 2012 is about lots of pretty dresses, digi prints, backs out, a bit of bottom, big earrings and some ladylike stuff. But UPDATE. According to Lanvin it's going to be fierce too. Thank God. Pretty and chic is all very well, but not all of us are natural ladies at heart (you know who you are), so when the lights dropped at the sweltering Lanvin venue (I know we shouldn't whinge, but jeez Paris is HOT) and a spotlight picked out the silhouette of a lone model striking a strong pose in a big shouldered dress, I personally felt a bit relieved.
Alber Elbaz is trying to let the shoulder pad make a comeback, and it would be rude not to pay attention. Sure they feel a bit Autumn Winter 2010, but who are we to argue with the Elbaz? Don't worry though, they aren't the big shoulders of Balmain, rather just an accentuated shape - rounded rather than Dynasty - and they sat atop very ladylike pencil skirt dresses. That'll keep everyone happy then. What followed was classic Lanvin. Asymmetric dresses, voluminous pleat waist skirts, jewelled dresses and perfect tailoring. And then it went rock'n'roll on us. Snake print - as in actual snakes printed on silk - jumpsuits, trousers, tops and cardigans, heavily textured mini dresses, further adorned with choker necklaces. That is another thing, like it or not, the choker is back, and their big. Then to finish Alber brought it back to the ladies with a succession of very feminine gowns, from his signature silk numbers to barely there whisps of pleated chiffon. Gorgeous as ever, but it seems that the must have item of Spring Summer 2012 is going to come in quite cheap, in fact many of you will already own it...big pants. Yup, we've seen so many big pants on the catwalk that next summer it will be totally acceptable to show them off. Just throw on something transparent and you're good to go.
- Kay Barron