*******www.FashionTV****/videos PARIS - FashionTV reviews the best of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012!
We head backstage at Georges Hobeika where models like Josephine Skriver are getting thick lashes. Model Kendra Spears opens the show, a take on the orchid, the most romantic, feminine and coveted flower on Earth, according to Hobeika.
Alexis Mabille also does his take on the flower, but in a much more simplistic and statement-making format. Models' faces are painted the same color as their dress and the tissue paper flower atop their head.
Versace's asymmetrical and form fitting Grecian glamour queen look stunned atop a gold gilded staircase featuring models like Karlie Kloss and Arizona Muse in 15 striking designs.
Backstage at Zuhair Murad, we say hello to Constance Jablonski and then watch the stunning showcase, which is also parts sophistication, elegance, and power in beautifully detailed gowns. "Eighties is the inspiration for the collection this season," says Makeup Artist Christelle Cocquet. In the front row, French former beauty queen Mareva Galenter and French-Morocccan singer Sofia Essaidi.
At Stephane Rolland, the designer was inspired by the art of French artist Michel Deverne, who created architectural and sculpted designs. Former supermodel Yasmin Le Bon finished the show in a stunning, statement making 110-pound gown.
Backstage at Maxime Simeons, models like Simona Andrejic get a tight, high ponytail and liquid liner. The Spring/Summer 2012 haute couture show is based on the Japanese movie Enter The Void and clothes are quite graphic, sculpted, and color blocked.
Valentino's floral infused couture runway looked like something romantic out of The Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. It was the essence of bourgeois meets French countryside.
Alexandre Vauthier took on a disco-infused theme for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection where the models had lots of sexy skin showing with tassels, wraps and other loose looks that make them perfect for high-end nightlife escapades.
Elie Saab haute couture is a stunning display of peplum dresses, intricately hand beaded gowns, sleek sheaths, and dresses you know will be on the red carpet soon, maybe even at the Oscars. Colors range from white to coral to blue. James Bond star Olga Kurylenko is in the front row in a fitted yellow lace dress.
The Christophe Josse show featured 20 looks including 8 dresses, 11 gowns, and one ruched strapless wedding dress. The pieces were inspired by I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar and Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho in Beijing.
Oversize sleeves and attention to detail were de rigour at Dany Atrache with cut fabrics, fringe on skirts, lifelike florals, and architectural cutouts. Tiers were prominent as were feathers and colors were subdued.
Gold sequins, lavish dresses, and stunning gowns were seen in bright colors and embellishments at Cengiz Abazoglu Haute Couture for Spring/Summer 2012.
On Aura Tout Vu was decidedly much more urban and mainstream with pops of color and a fiery woman that came to life on the runway in the form of black leather, reds and oranges, sequins, crystals, and flame motifs. At the end, a trail of smoke followed a model who's dress bottom looked like one giant puff of ash.
Beth Ditto, Dita von Teese, and Douglas Little were on hand for the Jean Paul Gaultier show, which was a tribute to the rocker soul style of Amy Winehouse. Karlie Kloss led the pack in a bright orange wig.
Appearances: Sasha, Kate King, Irina, Josephine Skriver, Kendra Spears, Georges Hobeika, Juju Ivanyuk, Isabella Melo, Karlie Kloss, Daria Strokous, Maud Welzen, Sarah Blomqvist, Karmen Pedaru, Lindsey Wixson, Melissa Tammerijn, Mirte Maas, Zuhair Murad, Katryn Kruger, Constance Jablonski, Christelle Cocquet, Mareva Galenter, Sofia Essaidi, Ingrid Seynhaeve, Lilou Mikamoto, Linda Hardy, Zofia Reno, Sigrid Agren, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Anna Selezneva, Haifa Wehbe, Stephane Rolland, Alana Zimmer, Martha Streck, Kasia Struss, Kaitlin Aas, Frida Gustavsson, Antonia Wesseloh, Bette Franke, Pier Pablo Piccioli, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Anais Pouliot, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Vlada Roslyakova, Alexandre Vauthier, Cora Emmanuel, Kati Nescher, Olga Kurylenko, Anja Rubik, Toni Garrn, Christophe Josse, Beth Ditto, Dita von Teese, Douglas Little, Jean Paul Gaultier
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