Raf Simons for Dior! Chanel! Valentino! Givenchy! Interview brings you the latest coverage from the Fall 2012 Couture shows.
"Flower Women" was how Christian Dior referred to his New Look silhouette, and Raf Simons's first collection as Creative Director at Dior was inspired by those hourglass shapes from the 1950s. But his flower women are the modern kind, and they like pants.
Gypsy opulence and the pure lines of 1960s style went into the "collision of contradiction" in Riccardo Tisci's labor-intensive couture for Givenchy, where he continues to stretch the limits of what can be done with materials. This season, it was leather. Tisci took nappa leather in skinny strips for full-length fringe gypsy shawl capes.
Paris's Winter 2012 haute couture shows ended on Wednesday with two high flying shows: Jean Paul Gaultier's rollicking take on 19th-century decadence and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's mysterious ode to royal blue and Botticelli beauty for Valentino.