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In a world that is ever changing and uncertain… there is one thing that we can look to for comfort: beauty. And Paris delivered on this topic by way of last week’s Couture offerings. Dior was lovely (as usual) with its dipping in and out of centuries, while blending in modernity. Yet it was Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Ulyana Sergeenko and Valentino who drew in this curious mind. Below are a few of the highlights and of course all collections can be found at style.com.

Elie Saab
Dark decadence characterized Elie Saab’s chandelier lit world in hues of blues, pinks and blushes. Then came a sequence in black white and gray. In case you missed the memo, pearls are making a triumphant return as the “Queen of Gems” and Saab pays great homage to this noble affair through Tahitian treasures of all colors. At times, this beauty appeared be a burden to wear, with so much lavish embellishment.

Giambattista Valli
Eccentric glamour in the Gardens of Alhambra was at the heart of Giambattista Valli’s frenzy of frocks. It was a paradise of pajama pinstripes, reimagined pleats, feathered tulle, and ethereal floral loveliness. Recovering from a Champagne infused night was never so appealing.

Ulyana Sergeenko
There may have been an undercurrent of the upheaval in the Ukraine and reflections on the fall of the Russian Zsars in Ulyana Sergeenko’s collection, but there was a strong dynamism of sensual femininity meets fiery resolve. The most striking looks were those with shimmering fabrics that appeared wet and metallic, which were in stunning contrast to those soft mohair and lady-like silk offerings that were not always demure.

Valentino
Classic goddess splendor appropriately summarizes the incredibly alluring collection from Valentino. More specifically, it was inspired by the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite take on the Roman toga with flowing draperies, decadent embroideries, opulent pearls, and leather ribbon. There was a heavenly liberation at play that was absolutely romantic, while inviting temptation with sheers waiting to be undone.

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Valentino, Valentina, Rome, Valentino Parfums, Valentina Eau De Parfum, Instagram, #MyValentinaNights, Valentina Instagram Contest, Facebook

Do you know Valentina? Or where she is in Rome? As Valentino Parfums introduces their new Eau De Parfum Valentina, they ask you to discover this with the proposition that the city is your source of inspiration: feel it’s heartbeat and capture it’s energy. It is an invitation into Valentina’s world.

The Valentina Website experience is a wonderful video and interactive adventure through Rome at night in search of where Valentina might be gallivanting (she leaves clues) as well as an opportunity to view the bottle, olfactive notes and story behind the fragrance. The most engaging part of the experience is the invitation to share your vision of a Valentina night in your own city via #MyValentinaNights on Instagram and Facebook – and possibly find yourself following her mischievous footsteps in Rome.

Van Cleef and Arpels, Mary Katrantzou, Lesage, Lanvin, Fabergé, Swarovski, Valentino, Prada, Cartier,  Cara Delevingne, Fabergé, Cara Delevingne, Alexander Fury, Giles and Rochas, SHOWstudio, utumn/Winter 2012, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Nick Knight

When 2 very good things conspire – Instagram and Nick Knight – magical things happen. Sprinkle in a flash of Cartier here, a little Katrantzou there, along with a tender fluffy friend for good measure and Nick Knight’s first ever Instagram photo shoot materializes. The refreshing abandon of careful retouching in exchange for clever web tools results in what is a true “live shoot”: all images were posted directly from camera onto Tumblr accompanied by Tweeted commentary from fashion director Alexander Fury. Hello innovation sensation!

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Christian Dior, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal, Gaultier, Chanel, Worth Couture by Giovanni Bedin, Versace,  Sharif Hamza, Vogue Russia, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabethan, Haute Couture

Because there can never be enough haute couture AND royal fashion, it seems fitting to regard this sumptuous vision created by Sharif Hamza for Vogue Russia, inspired by Queen Elizabeth (the original) on the heels of Queen Elizabeth’s (the second version) Diamond Jubilee celebration. Also, in eager anticipation of the upcoming haute couture collections, it is an opportunity to reflect on a noteworthy curation of past couture, including Christian Dior, Valentino, Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal, Gaultier, and Chanel. God Save The Queen… and haute couture.

Vogue Italia, March 2012 Couture Supplement, Christian Dior, Paolo Roversi, Vogue Italia, Valentino, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Marie Piovesan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Atelier Versace, Armani Privé, Aspinal of London, A Lady In Spring

No one plays with shadow and light like Paolo Roersi. His crafty blend of scullduggery stirs the beautiful and the curious with haunting elegance for Vogue Italia’s March 2012 Couture Supplement titled “A Lady In Spring”. Shadowed by birds, insects and a variety of other flora, Marie Piovesan is cloaked in an array of spring 2012 couture collections: Valentino, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Armani Privé to name a few. And it has rarely been more glamorous to be “masked” in eyewear, which makes the mystery all the more decadent.

Sebastian Kim, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Sigrid Agren, Silver Screen, Femme Fatale, Numero

The women of the silver screen are among my favorite power women and Sebastian Kim has captured Sigrid Agren as the femme fatale archetype at her beguiling best. Here the clever use of blue-gray interior and dramatic shadows charge up the sumptuous colors and details of the dresses. His work has not been on my radar, but it is now…

www.sebastiankim.com

Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Dior, Valentino, Armani Privé, Shadow Puppet, Angels and Demons, Paolo Roversi, The Great Illusion, Lara Stone, Fairy Tale, Vogue ItaliaShadow puppetry has rarely brushed shoulders with such glamorous company as Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Dior, Valentino, Armani Privé. Paolo Roversi’s light and shadow play is enchanting as are whispered tones of color. In this series titled “The Great Illustion” for Vogue Italia, I feel like he hit upon great visions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and maybe a few from Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. Even in this world of wolves, thorns and demons, I would happily inhabit it.

www.paoloroversi.com