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Brief Published: 26 Jan 2012

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.

Stéphane Rolland
Christian Dior

Giambattista Valli