Celine Autumn Winter 2011 2012

Phoebe Philo’s collection for Celine incorporated minimalism, craft, sportswear and inspirations from automotive interiors with streamline cuts. The overal simplicity of this collection caught our eye. Trousers played an important roll in this Autumn Winter collection which was refreshing. Two toned troousers were a favourite which used both tweed and leather fabrics. Celine Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection could show the return of the polo neck. The chevron stripe jumper gave a true statement to what the collection was about, laidback sophistication. The use of panels within the construction of pieces complimented the block colour trends that came from London Fashion Week this season. Panelling in shirts to the panelled cream leather dress showed this collection complimented the figure.


Colours: Olive, brown, cream and pink

Must have items: Slim fitted trousers and panelled dress

Footwear: Pointed loafers and low ankle boots

Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn Winter 2011 2012


Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection was all about making a statement. Not necessarily of outlandish fashion but more of a statement of society. Jean Paul Gaultier collection at Paris Fashion Week included a witty take on age, Jean Paul Gaultier stated, “how to look young – without Botox”. Models were styled with grey wigs that had been backcombed and given exaggerated French pleat styles. Before his show in Paris on Saturday Jean Paul Gaultier evaluated his collection, “no corsets, no flesh! It’s quite ladylike. I can’t believe it”. Here at Kindred Sole we love the grown up elegance of Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection but love even more how a theatrical style was involved including models stripping off layers of clothing, leaving a pile at the end of the runway. The collection embraced Parisian chic with the use of prints, trouser suits and belted trench coats. The tailoring at Jean Paul Gaultier was so chic and with pieces including pussy cat bow blouses and tweed skirts and jackets, the collection was wearable.


Colours: Camel, brown, black and cream

Must have items: Belted trench coat and trouser suit

Footwear: Smart black and brown high heel shoes

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Autumn Winter 2011 2012


Vivienne Westwood is a name synonymous with fashion. Her shows are guaranteed to get people talking as a statement is always at the heart of the collection. Vivienne Westwood Gold Label collection at Paris Fashion Week encapsulated a ‘Woman as Warrior’ theme. “I can’t keep banging on about climate change, so I decided to express my thoughts about the planet through strong women, and the fact women are the guardians of culture,” said Dame Vivienne Westwood after her show. Her inspirations from around the world were captivating. Prints and patterns created the fabulous looks of the show including batik prints, country florals, pinstripes and British plaids. The statement making geometric prints balanced with Victorian blouses with puff sleeves meant a balance between warrior and femininity. The tousled hair styled with face paint complimented the collection.


Colours: Burgundy, Moss green, Red and grey

Must have items: Victorian blouse, ruched pencil skirt and kaftan

Footwear: Glittery footwear, ankle boots and pointed shoes

Lanvin Autumn Winter 2011 2012 


The dark colours at Lanvin were luxurious and chic. Jewel hued tones for evening gowns were fabulous accents for Lanvin Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection. We were captivated by the wide brimmed hats and structured dresses, skirts and capes within the first set of the collection. The sternness style of the collection was mystifying. The show progressed to include black and white large floral print dresses (we love!) and draped evening dresses which are designer Alber Elbaz’s signature style. The final set included brighter colours which created dresses with volume.


Colours: Black, white, cream, jewelled purple, peach pink

Must have items: Cape, wide brimmed hat and high volume dress

Footwear: Loafers, ankle strap shoes, platform sandals and high heel ankle boots

Christian Dior Autumn Winter 2011 2012


Christian Dior’s Paris Fashion Week show began with a moving speech from Dior president, Sidney Toledano. This was following the dismissal of designer John Galliano amid anti-Semitic remarks made. Due to these circumstances there was tight security and a heavy police presence. The disgraced British designer was absent from the show. Christian Dior’s Autumn Winter 2011 2012 collection included 62 models and seemed to reveal an overal look back on Dior’s previous seasons. The collection was ultra feminine. Fabrics were either sheer, appliqued or included features or fabric manipulation. An influence of lingerie was apparent with floaty silhouettes and frilly bloomers. The colour’s within the collection were perfect for Autumn with burgundy, black and emerald green colour tones being used.


Colours: Black, white, silver, burgundy and emerald green

Must have items: Featured dress

Footwear: Nude strappy platform sandals, black platform high heels 

Lizze Leary is founder of online shoe boutique and fashion blog Kindred Sole. Take a look at Kindred Sole for the latest must have designer shoes, fashion trends and style advice.

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