8 hours ago | By Alice Gividen
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SHE’S A GEM
Paris: For F/W 12, designer Alexis Mabille imagined “women as jewels.” The result was quite literal; the palette consisted of gem tones ranging from amethyst to onyx to garnet, and embellishments consisted of pearls and chunky rhinestones. The season’s necessary elements were present — floor-length capes, silky velvet and shapely volume — as well as the matte textures and minimalist silhouettes that seem to be gaining ground in the over-the-top world of couture. Drama was not forgotten, several looks featured copious amounts of frothy, gathered tulle. —Anna Jane Davis
Silhouette: Full-length + flowing / Mermaid
Color: Black / White / Amethyst / Ruby / Garnet /Aquamarine / Deep Emerald / Pale Topaz / Metallic gold + silver
Key Items: Gown with built-in cape / Organza suit
Materials: Velvet / Lace / Tulle / Silk — Satin or matte / Chiffon / Lurex / Organza Broderie Anglaise
Print + Pattern: Arabesque + scrollwork motifs
Details + Trim: Dense beading / Pearls / Bows + ties
Accessories + Footwear: Jeweled hair clips / Chandelier earrings
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