Elie Saab Fall 2012

Sometimes it seems as though some designers 

don’t particularly like women.

They cut their clothes for frighteningly thin, 

borderline emaciated

boy bodied models, 

and the garments don’t even look that comfortable.

And then there is Elie Saab.

He clearly worships the female form.

He designs for the natural curves of a woman’s body.

His clothes are built for an hourglass silhouette.

A constant international red carpet favorite,  

Elie Saab’s designs embrace femininity and sexuality.

And not the bimbo-esque over inflated, 

in your face sexuality, 

but instead the low thrumming, 

turn-every-head-in-the-room, 

effortless sexyness,

sensual and all encompassing.

The eye shouldn’t make a vertical pass

over a woman’s body – 

it should roll around the curves.

After all, that’s what separates her from the boys…

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2012

Divine.

Lanvin Autumn 2012

Lanvin Autumn 2012

celebrated 10 fabulous years of Alber Elbaz.

Ignoring a time of fledgling austerity

Elbaz’s collection was a celebration

of opulence and party girl decadence.

Maximum jewels adorned dresses for a night on the town,

red fur boas, coats on shoulders, giant faux sapphire and

emerald and garnet necklaces with

swinging oversized mirrored pendants.

Hips and shoulders accentuated hour glass silhouettes,

and fiercely winged eyeliner

celebrating the party spirit.

Yves Saint Laurent Autumn 2012

There was no sign of the malnourished, waif-like 

child model in Stefano Pilati’s final show

for Yves Saint Laurent.

This collection catered to a sophisticated woman.

A chic Parisian power player, 

bold and fearless,

invulnerable and distant,

haughty and just a little chilly.

The collection harkened back to the 80’s,

Pilati’s favorite decade,

with big boxy shoulders and strong tailoring.

His models were like the glamazons of the 80’s,

with strong faces and broad shoulders.

Hair was slicked back, 

the visage clean and uncluttered,

but with a firm, dark mouth.

After his 8 year tenure at the helm of Yves Saint Laurent

his final bow to the fashion editors and buyers

fittingly received a standing ovation.

all images by Monica Feudi for Vogue.com

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