Runway: Fall 2012 Couture

Just a few weeks ago, Paris was swarming with fashionistas excited to see what designers were going to be sending down the catwalk at the Fall 2012 Couture shows. Christian Dior, Valentino, Chanel, and Giambattista Valli were just a handful of talented designers that were unveiling their latest creations. Rich colors, elaborate dresses, and intricate designs waltzed down the runway creating a kaleidoscopic experience. This season will be all about color, femininity, and boldness.

Florals

One big trend that we saw on the runway was abstract floral prints.  Giambattista Valli (far left) created a bolder floral look by adding full ruffles, while Chanel (middle) settled for a more subtle, but elegant look.  Christian Dior (far right), like Valli, opted for a bolder look with florals in a rich blue hue.

        

Sheer

Sticking around for fall is the ever-popular sheer trend.  See-through designs were tastefully adorned with jewels and lace to create beautiful works of art.  Ellie Saab (far left) worked her magic to create, yet again, elaborately decorated gowns that were nothing shy of absolutely exquisite.  Maison Martin Margiela (middle) focused on sheer bottom halves intertwined with lace patterns and bejeweled face masks.  Valentino (far right) showcased simple and delicate designs in bold colors like deep red and  navy blue.

        

Dramatic Shoulders

Dramatic shoulder designs were another big trend on the runways. Many dresses showcased extreme ruffles, layering, and cut-outs. A big fan of this trend was Giambattista Valli (far right), who sent many models down the runway donning lavish, shoulder eye-catching gowns. Stephanie Roland (far left) had designs that focused on the shoulders by adding fringe, cut-outs, and chiffon layering. Chanel (middle) opted for more soft and feminine looks, with pastels and sheer layering.

        

High Slits

One final trend we saw on the runways were dresses and skirts with high slits to show off those sexy legs of ours.  Zuhair Murad (far left) really took this trend to the next level in this ultra sexy, but tastefully designed, dress. The black lace and high slit create a stunning look. Versace (middle) incorporated slits with gowns full of layers and colors. Valentino (far right) created more subtle, feminine slits like this black gathered skirt.

        

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