Spring 2012 Couture: A Play on Scale
In a nod towards a pretty, ladylike silhouette, the collections of the Spring 2012 couture shows in Paris showed a pairing of oversized bows and knee-grazing skirts. The trend was illustrated by French haute couture brands Stéphane Rolland and Christian Dior, and by Italian-born, Paris-based fashion designer Giambattista Valli.
Amongst a series of sharp column gowns in fabrications of ivory, black or scarlet chiffon, Stéphane Rolland exemplified the look with a plunging-neck shift dress, sporting an over-scaled bow draped boldly over one shoulder. Similarly, Giambattista Valli presented a distinctly French collection, which included a large bow worn close to the neck, stretching shoulder to shoulder. Nipped at the waist with a bell-shaped skirt, the knee-length dress is cut in layered contrasting black lace.
With sheer fabrications constructing most of Christian Dior’s offerings, the fashion house’s classic New Look silhouettes were full-skirted and nipped at the waist. One particular dress featured a gigantic vertical bow artfully knotted at the waist.
The couture shows concluded yesterday, with collections from established French couture brand Jean Paul Gaultier, and newer French couture designer Maxime Simoens.