Spring 2012 Fashion

The Haute Couture came to a close in Paris on Thursday. These dresses are out-of-this-world inspirational symbols of intense creativity and extreme contemporary art, definitely not your everyday wear.

Donatella Versace exploded the show with beads, paillettes and tight dresses, while bringing to the catwalk another season of her successful sexy fashion. Above the knee gladiator heels, a bright yellow bodysuit, and a gold plated strapless bustier mini dress, Versace called them her “warrior women.”

Chanel’s couture collection came parading down the runway with tiered dresses, ankle-length tweed skirts and dropped waist sequined evening dresses. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the room with a full size replica of the interior of a jet, complete with a carpet embroidered with the popular logo of “CC.”

Christian Dior’s sheer cocktail dresses and embroidered silks caught the eye with the grays, blacks, and reds.

Giorgio Armani’s couture collection offered slinky dresses, bright sequined gowns, chartreuse skirt suits and bright green evening dresses. Armani stated the collection is for “the woman who is at first calm and easy and then is drawn out of her own skin.”

Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection was a homage to the late Amy Winehouse with the cat eyed makeup, beauty marks and beehive hair. His models walked the runway in corsets, black veils and high slit pencil skirts. “I think Amy Winehosue was truly a fashion icon,” Gaultier said after the show. Gaultier also delivered an androgynous male model down the runway in an embroidered dress with his hair teased into a beehive.

Valentino delivered a series of dreamy dresses floating down the runway, in white and cream, adorned with accents of color and some with toile. The necks were high and hems were low.

Elie Saab sent beaded and sleek ball gowns, from pale greens and blush pinks to sheer nude gowns with silver beads down the runway.

French fashion designer, Alexis Mabille, debuted bright colors in pinks, purples, oranges, reds, blues, and greens. The dresses ranged from cocktail wear to ball gowns with some floral embroidery and others glittering with beads and all were topped off with a huge flower.

Givenchy’s collection featured several long, elegant and punk beaded gowns in sheer white fabrics, black leather, sleek silhouettes, complete with nose rings.

The Christian Dior collection seemed to take the show with the plaids and hounds-tooth prints.

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