Etoile “La boutique” Spring/Summer 2012- Not Just On-Trend, Ahead of the Trends

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Etoile “La boutique”, the ultimate luxury store for the city’s most discerning fashionistas, sets the pace for Spring/Summer 2012, presenting the most fashion-forward, cutting-edge trends for the new season.

Key pieces from up-and-coming designers such as Jo No Fui, sought-after items from the fashion greats such as Alaia, DIOR and Nina Ricci to name just a few are all showcased in an exclusive environment for the region’s style connoisseurs, making Etoile “La boutique” the go-to destination to stay ahead of the fashion pack this Spring/Summer.  


Spring Summer 2012 Trends:

It is all about the frothy, feminine silhouette, its daintiness accentuated by pastel colours adorned with delicate embroidery. 

Feminine florals are always en vogue for the sunny season and 2012 is no exception. From tropical blooms to hyper flower power to more subdued pastel botanicals, florals packed a visual punch on every catwalk. Dolce & Gabbana’s bold colours and eclectic details accentuated their bohemian take on the floral motif whilst Mara Hoffman opted for graphic-Aztec. Antonio Marras cornered the market when it came to floral cocktail dresses whilst Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping wowed stylistas with his must-have sixties haute couture-style, ‘Zina’ collection, awash with delicate florals.

The sculptural and geometric trend also made a strong showing on the Spring/Summer catwalks; J.Mendel, John Galliano and Derek Lam all created a stronger silhouette with bold block colours reminiscent of Mondrian.

When it comes to detailing, the emphasis is also very much on the feminine. Lace-like dentelle anddelicate embroidery were firm favourites with the established design cognoscenti, from John Galliano to Valentino while this season’s embellishment is understated and elegant.

The red-carpet-worthy dress is always in season. Eveningwear was ultra-sparkling and full of drama, with crystals, studs, and glittering jewels embellishing painstakingly made pieces. Dolce & Gabbana, Derek Lam and even the usually very understated Lanvin led the full-on glamour trend.

Pastels are likely to be popular this season too. From Valentino to Jason Wu, whatever the colour, designers went with the softest, gentlest hues. Sweet cotton candy pinks and soothing sea blues to mellow yellows, the colours that dominated came from a muted, more subtle palette that echo the warm tones of the season without overwhelming.

The primary colours were very much back in focus; blues from Antonio Marras, Jason Wu and Carlos Miele, reds from Lie Sang Bong, Christian Dior and Galliano and yellows from Zagliani and Celestina contrasted with whites that graced the catwalks of Nina Ricci, Roksanda Ilincic, and Azzaro. Royal purple also made a strong showing from Dior to Dolce & Gabbana.

Etoile “La boutique” designers in the Spotlight:

Etoile “La boutique” showcases new talent

Antonio Marras: From shorter cocktail party staples to floor-length showstoppers, dresses were the focus at Marras’ feminine show. Silks shared space with cottons, draped blouses were paired with flowing skirts, and the inspiration was Jean Genet’s 1947 play ‘The Maids.’ Vibrant fuchsia, emerald green and magenta punctuated the more muted hues of cream, beige and pale pink. The floral prints used were also exquisite.

Derek Lam: Bold colours made Lam’s unfussy yet always beautiful pieces stand out as he channelled vintage fifties glamour, combining his luxurious silhouettes with geometric prints and block colours, using fabrics as diverse as leather and silk. Modern but never cold, his pieces embody timeless elegance.

Roksanda Ilincic: Cocktail and evening dresses, always chic and elegant are the cornerstones of Ilincic’s collections. Her strengths lie in her use of bold colours, lux fabrics and intricate draping that guarantee flattering silhouettes.

J.Mendel: J.Mendel’ muses were draped in jersey and chiffon dresses, accented by neutral make-up with a bright orange lip and even brighter ballet-style with grosgrain ribbon. The ballet seemed to be his inspiration as ruching and hand-pleating accentuated the beautifully elegant, deceptively simple dresses.

Carlos Miele: Vivid colours, reminiscent of the ‘perpetual sun’ took to the catwalk at Miele’s show. Sensuality is always in vogue with this talented designer whose slinky, sheer fabrics and bold prints make for show-stopping gowns. The warm sunny hues were then matched by sea-like azures that echoed an aquatic theme.

Jason Wu: A collaboration with nineties graffiti artist KAWS produced a flower-petal print that dominated Wu’s much anticipated show. First Lady Michelle Obama’s favourite designer produced a pretty collection full of fabric innovation and embellishment, from sports-style shorts to a weightless nylon that moves like chiffon to candy-shaped beads on collars.

From the Established Fashion Houses:

Azzaro: High octane eveningwear that harked to seventies glamour was the focus of Azzaro’s new collection. Sequins, chiffons and silks guaranteed red-carpet worthy turns with his trademark elegance always evident.

Nina Ricci: Peter Copping produced another stellar collection with an ultra-feminine, retro-tastic theme. High waists and small cage hats seemed to look to Jackie O for inspiration for his ‘Zina line’ with blossom prints and embroidered whites stealing the show.

Christian Dior: Dior graced us with an eclectic combination of contrasts; leather and chiffon, sweeping sheer silks and tweedy black and white prints, sequins and frills all featured and worked effortlessly on the single or two-tone looks.  A higher waist, soft necklines and larger sleeves characterised Gaytten’s Parisian chic collection.

Dolce & Gabbana: Sunshine and aperitivo-filled days were very much in focus at the very Italian Dolce & Gabbana’s spring summer show which featured a multitude of prints in an array of bold and beautiful colours. High waisted fifties silhouettes, tailored shorts, structural bodices and pencil skirts were enlivened with lace, sparkling gems and jewels. A collection full of fun.

John Galliano: Impeccable tailoring, ruffles and romance, the central themes of all Galliano collections were still evident in Gaytten’s Spring/Summer 2012 show. Pleated skirts and a primarily monochrome palette punctuated by pale pastels showed off the intricate ‘Mary Pickford to Mary Poppins’ looks.

Rochas: Channelling the 60’s Hitchcock heroines, Marco Zanini’s much sought-after day dresses will be a welcome addition to any summer wardrobe thanks to their wearable fifties feel.  A-line shapes in luxurious fabrics, V-neck satin tops and sweet retro-sweaters were the staples as dusky pinks, faded florals and pale greens fitted in with a muted pastel palette.

Brands available at Etoile “La boutique” this Spring/Summer 2012 season

Ready-to-Wear

Available at UAE boutiques

·       Alaїa

·       Antonio Marras

·       Azzaro

·       Christian Dior

·       Derek Lam

·       Dolce & Gabbana

·       INGIE Paris

·       Jay Ahr

·       Jitrois

·       John Galliano

·       JO NO FUI

·       Kary’o

·       Kotur

·       Leonard

·       Le Silla

·       Lie Sang Bong

·       Marra Hoffman

·       Mystique

·       Nina Ricci

·       Rochas

·       Roksanda Ilincic

·       Ygla Azrouel

·       Zubeldia

Available at UAE and KSA boutiques

·       Alaїa

·       Derek Lam

·       Ingie Paris

·       John Galliano

·       Kary’o

·       Kotur

·       Mara Hoffman

·       Mystique

·       Nina Ricci

·       Roksanda Ilincic

Available at KSA boutiques

·       Alaia

·       Antonio Marras

·       Azzaro

·       Casadei

·       Carlos Miele

·       CDM

·       Collette Dinningan

·       Derek Lam

·       Gianvito Rossi

·       Herve Leger

·       INGIE Paris

·       John Galliano

·       J.Mendel

·       Johathan Saunders

·       Jason Wu

·       Lorena Sarbu

·       Mara Hoffman

·       Nina Ricci

·       Repetto

·       Rochas

·       Roksanda Ilincic

·       Sanderson

·       Thomas Wylde

·       Zagliani

·       Zanotti

Accessories

Available at UAE boutiques

·       Christian Dior

·       Dolce and Gabbana

·       Kary’o

·       Kotur

·       Le Silla

·       Nina Ricci

·       Helene Zubeldia

 

Available only at KSA

·       Casadei

·       CDM

·       Gianvito Rossi

·       Kary’o

·       Kotur

·       Mystique

·       Nina Ricci

·       Rochas

·       Repetto

·       Rupert Sanderson

·       Susan Valerio

·       Thomas Wylde

·       Zagliani

·       Zanotti