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Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy Spring 2012

Sexy, polished luxury: that’s exactly how I would describe Givenchy’s Spring 2012 collection. Tailoring was at its peak on the runway, with the perfect blend of masculinity and femininity as is becoming inherent to the brand: tuxedo vests paired with form-fitting skinny pants in the most ladylike colors, sequin lapels on blazers, sheer insets and sleeves exposing skin in an extremely sensual way, peplum jackets that will be perfect for the office and for nights out and so much more.

Get your legs in shape for Spring if you want to wear Givenchy: those form-fitting pants are more like leggings and on top of that there are leg-baring shorts and skirts for the season.

Spring was really all about functionality and modernity. In most Givenchy collections, there is a sense of “There’s no way I can wear that” or “If I splurged, where would I wear that?” Not here. I not only want to wear the whole collection, but I could see myself in the looks. There was an ease and elegance to it all from head to toe and I loved that Riccardo Tisci went in that direction.

Let’s not forget the major models who walked the runway: Natalia Vodianova, Erin Wasson, Karolina Kurkova, Frankie Rayder, Nyasha Matonhodze, Mariacarla Boscono, Joan Smalls, Gisele Bundchen and the list goes on.

Visit www.givenchy.com for more information and see more looks from the Spring 2012 collection below.

 

*Images courtesy of Style.com.

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Trend Alert: White, Feathers and Lace Worn by Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalia Vodianova

This week, the fashion gods and I are aligned. Remember my story showing you how to wear white for Fall? Well some of my favorite style mavens are showing us all how it is done this week.

The old fashion adage of “No white after Labor Day” no longer holds true. Why would you store cream wool trousers, pristine winter white coats and chic pearl handbags just because the season has changed? Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalia Vodianova are wearing white without a second thought.

Beyoncé went total glam at her Pulse fragrance launch at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. She looked regal in a white silk crepe halter gown with feather detailing from Lanvin’s Resort 2012 collection, worn on the runway by Kristina Salinovic. She accessorized with lace Nicholas Kirkwood sandals. Totally stunning and another win for her maternity style.

Sarah Jessica Parker was seen at the 2011 New York City Ballet Fall Gala in a one-shoulder white lace Stella McCartney dress from the Spring 2012 collection. She is such a style influencer that she even wears pieces that haven’t yet been shown on the runway. The collection will debut on October 3rd at Paris Fashion Week so stay tuned.

Last but not least was Natalia Vodianova who looked beautiful at the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Annual Garden Party in London. She chose a white silk tulle and lace gown, embellished with feathers from Givenchy’s Fall 2011 Couture collection, worn on the runway by Zuzanna Bijoch. She accessorized with a gold clutch from Givenchy and for beauty, she wore a simple chignon and a fiery red lip. Totally effortless.

What do you think about the white, feather and lace trend for Fall? My recommendation is to try it with accessories and simple separates. Ease yourself into it with a pair of white pumps like those SJP paired with Prabal Gurung, a feather clutch for nights out, or a white lace cami underneath a black blazer.

*Images courtesy of Getty and Style.com.