Category Archives: Fashion Week 2012

Victoria Beckham goes from strength to strength with New York show

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Designer puts faith in body-conscious dresses with nod to sporty and military looks in the eighth show for her main collection
Victoria Beckham goes from strength to strength with New York show

A model wears one of Victoria Beckham’s dresses in the designer’s catwalk show at the New York Public library on Sunday.

“I get so inspired by my family,” Victoria Beckham said backstage at her show at the New York Public library. “I was in the kitchen one day and Romeo ran in with his baseball kit on and that’s what inspired those bright sporty collars on the dresses. And the beanie hats – they were inspired by the ones David is always wearing.” Beckham is a woman who knows how to reel in her audience with an anecdote almost as expertly as she knows how to execute a faultless collection.

This, her eighth outing for her mainline collection, was her strongest show yet. The show unashamedly explored the by-now trademarked Beckham look of body-conscious dresses that stop short of being blatantly sexy by dint of their elbow-length sleeves and high necklines. This season there is a nod to sporty and military looks, all expressed in what the designer described as “a silhouette I believe in”. She said: “I’m not pregnant any more and these are the clothes that I really want to wear.”

This confidence in her catwalk designs was echoed in the silent choreography of the show itself. For the first time David Beckham sat in the front row – in the past the footballer was banned for fear he would be too much of a distraction as Victoria Beckham sought to gain industry approval for her new career.

But with the accolade of Brand of the Year awarded by the British Fashion Council under her belt, she no longer has need of such careful manoeuvres. David played the proud husband, seated next to the Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, while the designer herself took her first ever catwalk bow – well, a smiling wave – at the end of the runway.

The show focused on day dresses, albeit high-voltage ones. Despite the show’s being in the middle of awards season, the designer steered clear of dropping any none-too-subtle catwalk hints to Hollywood. She doesn’t need to: more than one A-list actor is expected to give the Beckham evening wear an airing over the next couple of weeks.

This confidence carried through to the clothes. There were hints at earlier collections, with revisited themes explored more thoughtfully. The sculpted internal corsetry of the earliest collections was gone but had been replaced with rib-hugging canvas panels to lend structure – all the better for showing off a tiny waist.

Best was what can be described as the military body-con section. Khaki dresses snaked below the knee and had what looked like multiple parachute straps across the back. An army-green coat with gold buttons and a black python lapel and collar was a standout.

These ultra-luxury details, which, Beckham explained, were the result of experiments in her accessories line, are likely to raise the already substantial prices still further. But this was a tactic designed to mark out the mainline collection as distinct from her newer secondary line – Victoria, Victoria Beckham – which shows later in the week. Beckham said: “Certain dresses that might have been included in this collection in the past have been moved to the Victoria line to enable me to focus on construction.”

This show marked the consolidation of the brand, allowing the label to catch its breath before it doubtless moves to the next level of steady growth. Beckham’s formula of basing the brand within the parameters of what she wears in her own wardrobe is undeniably successful.

With that in mind, the inclusion of chunky baseball socks with flat biker boots was a styling curveball. An image of the designer landing at LAX in a military-detailed cocktail dress is easy to imagine. But picturing Mrs Beckham in biker boots? Less so.

 

Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/12/victoria-beckham-new-york-show?intcmp=239

Paris Fall Fashion Week 2012: A Finale at Yves Saint Laurent

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Yves Saint Laurent and its parent company, PPR, confirmed that Hedi Slimane will become the new creative director of the venerable fashion house. Slimane was menswear designer from 1996 until 2000 at YSL, where he created a sleek and hyper-elongated silhouette. He refined that sensibility during a nearly seven-year tenure as menswear designer at Christian Dior. “Hedi Slimane’s exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison,” said YSL CEO Paul Deneve.

In the Wednesday morning announcement in Paris, YSL also noted that Slimane will continue to pursue the photography career that he launched in recent years.

Among the prestigious design houses that give French fashion its mystique in the broader culture, Yves Saint Laurent ended a chapter with proud confidence at its Fall 2012 show, while Givenchy pointed toward an exciting future, and Chanel, it seems, is in stasis.

The clothes that designer Stefano Pilati created for hisfinal collection at YSL smoldered with audacity and dark sexuality. The clothes stirred passion and demanded attention. Yet this last presentation was a calm affair, one that exuded professional rigor and respect rather than any emotion akin to sadness, regret, or acrimony.

Executives at YSL announced Pilati’s departure more than a week ago, as the shock waves of Raf Simons’s departure from Jil Sander were still roiling the fashion industry. Pilati had been dogged by rumors that he was on his way out of the storied house almost from the moment he arrived. Over the years, his collections were both praised and criticized, but he nonetheless made his mark on the brand with his ability to capture the perfume of French chic with his bubble skirts, Tribute bag, and double platform pump.

Pilati presented his last collection as the Paris Fall 2012 season is in its final days. In a long sliver of a shadowy room, before an audience of editors and celebrities such as Katy Perry and Salma Hayek—wife of YSL corporate head Francois-Henri Pinault—models strode along a wooden floor made shiny from age. The dignified black YSL logo hung on a gilded backdrop. The models wore high block pumps with mirrored heels that had some of the young women teetering at a dangerous pitch and had others moving with impressive grace.

It was a predominantly black collection—with jolts of white and purple—filled with slim, high-waist trousers, belted jackets, and lush leather tops with roomy elbow-length sleeves. Pilati crafted slim skirts and open-back dresses out of seductive silver chain mail; jacket lapels were richly lined in silver mesh; and a glamorous white tuxedo was embroidered with silver calla lilies.

 

Paris fashion fall 2012
From left: Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Getty Images (3)

 

Calla lilies, with their trumpetlike shape, are considered a symbol of purity and rebirth. They are favored at both weddings and funerals—beginnings and endings. And to see them as such a central theme in the collection—through embroidery, appliqué, and prints—gave this finale a kind of sweet inevitability.

When the last model made her pass down the corridor lined with guests, the thunderous music paused briefly. The audience continued its applause. And when the designer emerged, folks rose to their feet in a gesture of respect. Pilati wore a dove gray suit and merlot-colored scarf. He took a brief walk down the runway to absorb the moment.

He was leaving YSL with a collection that spoke of the brand’s history while also exuding modern sex appeal and daring. He had added to the house’s aesthetic vocabulary and helped it to churn toward profitability. He had accomplished a great deal.

The designer smiled and then made his way backstage. It was a quiet and simple end to a tumultuous tenure.

The designer smiled and then made his way backstage. It was a quiet and simple end to a tumultuous tenure. A new designer is expected to be announced shortly.

At Givenchy, designer Riccardo Tisci has settled into a house once defined by the gamine aesthetic of Audrey Hepburn. He has transformed it into a label with a dark, wry, and powerful stance: more Girl With the Dragon Tattoo thanBreakfast at Tiffany’s.

The collection he showed for fall captured all those provocative elements with skill and elegance. His tailored jackets with their collage of textures and mix of charcoal gray and black had strong shoulders, nipped waists and a back view that hinted at formal tails and peplums. His trousers were lean but softened by pleats. He layered a scrim of black chiffon over lingerie-style dresses in red, and he adorned a bare, purple slip dress with gems.

Source : http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/06/paris-fall-fashion-week-2012-a-finale-at-yves-saint-laurent.html

Feminine frills and pretty pussybows: Alexa, Nicola and Pixie lead the very fashionable front row at Topshop show

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They’re famed for their alternative senses of style, but the fashionable front row at Sunday’s Topshop Unique Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk show today was filled with some very ladylike starlets.

Alexa Chung ditched her androgynous look for feminine frills, Pixie Geldof went demure in a midi-length shirt dress, while Nicola Roberts was pretty in a pussybow dress.

The front row regulars were joined by model Poppy Delevigne (equally ladylike in polkadots and tweed) and rather more edgy Jameela Jamil and Laura Carmichael.

Star-studded: Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Poppy Deleivigne, Laura Carmichael, Nicola Roberts and Jameela Jamil made up the very fashionable front row at the Topshop Unique AW12 Catwalk Show at London Fashion Week on SundayStar-studded: Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof, Poppy Deleivigne, Laura Carmichael, Nicola Roberts and Jameela Jamil made up the very fashionable front row at the Topshop Unique show at London Fashion Week on Sunday

Ladylike: Nicola Roberts
Ladylike: Pixie Geldof
Ladylike: Alexa Chung

 

Ladylike: Nicola wore a pretty dress with black satin pussybow, Pixie was demure in a utility-style shirt dress, while Alexa wore a frill-neck blouse

Girls Aloud star Nicola teamed her white dress and black satin pussybow with black studded platform heels. The singer wore her blonde hair with dark roots in a sleek straight style.

She said of the collection: ‘I absolutely loved it, there was so much quality in the fabrics. It looked really expensive in the silks and the velvets.

‘It’s easy to wear. Designer can be daunting but Topshop is so easy, there’s a piece for every girl out there, they always get it right. I loved the winter coats, the jumpers, the two-toned fabrics.’

Polka dots and prints: Poppy Delevigne looked chic in blue polka dot trousers, while Olivia Palermo stood out in her colourful ensemble
Polka dots and prints: Poppy Delevigne looked chic in blue polka dot trousers, while Olivia Palermo stood out in her colourful ensemble

Polka dots and prints: Poppy Delevigne looked chic in blue polka dot trousers, while Olivia Palermo stood out in her colourful ensemble

American reality star Olivia Palermo wore spring’s colourful trend with a bright yellow top beneath a black blazer and floral print trousers with leopard-print heels.

Alexa Chung, fully recovered from being hypnotised and levitated in front of the A-list crowd at Saturday night’s Stella McCartney presentation-come-magic show, wore flared jeans and ballet flats with a frilly cream blouse and carried a bright red Loewe Belen bag.

She was pictured chatting away with her seatmates Pixie Geldof, who was unusually understated in a demure, albeit utility-style, shirt dress, and Poppy Delevigne.

Funky: Chloe Green was understated in a knit jumper, and Jameela Jamil wore denim dungarees
Funky: Chloe Green was understated in a knit jumper, and Jameela Jamil wore denim dungarees

Funky: Chloe Green was understated in a knit jumper, and Jameela Jamil wore denim dungarees

Rita Ora
Natasha Khan
Jade Williams

 

Colourful: Rita Ora, Natasha Khan and Jade Williams embraced spring pastels with splashes of brights

Topshop supremo Sir Philip Green attended with daughter Chloe and rarely-seen son Brandon.

Chloe, whose shoe collection debuts in May, wore a knit jumper, skinny jeans and ankle boots.

The A-listers were treated to a very welcome canteen serving heart English warmers like cottage pie and brownies at the Old Billingsgate venue; Alexa Chung was seen tucking into fish pie.

Top family: Sir Philip Green with his children Chloe and BrandonTop family: Sir Philip Green with his children Chloe and Brandon

Riveting: Alexa, Pixie and Poppy kept themselves entertained as they waited for the show to begin

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2103415/London-Fashion-Week-2012-Alexa-Nicola-Pixie-lead-fashionable-row-Topshop-show.html#ixzz1peirqtPP

The girls with the best seats in the house: Lady in red Emma Stone and Woman in black Rooney Mara flock to the front row at Calvin Klein show

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Emma Stone appeared to be in the mood to paint the town red when she showed up at the Calvin Klein show at New York fashion week.

The 23-year-old showed she is style savvy as she she paired her strawberry tresses with a bright red frock and killer heels that matched perfectly.

And Emma wasn’t the only Hollywood starlet gracing the front row to show her support for the American designer.

A perfect match: Rooney Mara (L) and Emma Stone each wore outfits that matched their respective hair coloursA perfect match: Rooney Mara (L) and Emma Stone each wore outfits that matched their respective hair colours

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara also rocked up at the fashion event, and just like Emma, the 26-year-old wore an outfit that coordinated perfectly with her hair colour.

The actress matched her jet-black locks with a fitted dress and chunky platform sandals to boot.

The pair both cast a critical eye over the collection as they intently watched the models sashay down the catwalk.

Front row: The Hollywood starlets were in prime position to watch the models sashay down the catwalkFront row: The Hollywood starlets were in prime position to watch the models sashay down the catwalk

 

Casting a critical eye: The actresses intently watched as models displayed the Autumn 2012 Calvin Klein collectionCasting a critical eye: The actresses intently watched as models displayed the Autumn 2012 Calvin Klein collection

 

And they appeared to like what they saw as the girls then took the time to congratulate the label’s creative director Francisco Costa backstage after the show had wrapped.

Emma was also seen catching up with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour as they dissected the show once it had come to a close.

The clean, architectural and unadorned style that Costa has crafted as his Calvin Klein signature seemed a perfect fit for the two starlets he had chosen to invite to the coveted front row seats.

Red and black: Emma and Rooney both went for classic looks but each made sure they coordinated as much as possible
Red and black: Emma and Rooney both went for classic looks but each made sure they coordinated as much as possible

Red and black: Emma and Rooney both went for classic looks but each made sure they coordinated as much as possible

 

Man of the moment: The girls posed backstage with the label's creative director Francisco CostaMan of the moment: The girls posed backstage with the label’s creative director Francisco Costa

Strike a pose: The actresses worked the cameras as they made their way backstage after the show had wrappedStrike a pose: The actresses worked the cameras as they made their way backstage after the show had wrapped

Costa purposely created a looser hourglass shape for his collection, showing off clothes that give room to move and breathe, sculpting stiff wool fabrics into outfits with rounded jewel necklines and a little extra fabric at the hips.

Speaking backstage after the show, he described his Autumn 2012 collection as ‘mysterious, sexy and super urban.’

He added: ‘The iconography for this is all super modern.’

 

Fashion fans: Emma dissected the show backstage with US Vogue editor Anna WintourFashion fans: Emma dissected the show backstage with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour

White hot: Lara Stone sizzled in a simple satin shift and an elegant ponytail
White hot: Lara Stone sizzled in a simple satin shift and an elegant ponytail

White hot: Lara Stone sizzled in a simple satin shift and an elegant ponytail

Model Lara Stone was also sat front row to show her support for the label, looking white hot in a simple shift dress, which she teamed with an elegant slicked back ponytail.

Emma had been seen on her way to the show wearing a long grey coat over her scarlet outfit and carrying a silver clutch bag.

The ingenue dyed her naturally blonde hair red because she claims it makes people find her funnier than as a fair-haired beauty.

Red alert: Emma stone was ravishing in a ruby dress as she made her way to the show in New YorkRed alert: Emma stone was ravishing in a ruby dress as she made her way to the show in New York

She is busy promoting her upcoming summertime blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man – which hits US theatres on July 2nd.

She plays Peter Parker’s true love Gwen Stacy in the film.

Emma is  Gwen Stacy to Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, and the pair quickly developed an off-screen romance too.

Stylish: Emma paired her scarlet outfit with a pale grey wool jacket and silver clutch bagStylish: Emma paired her scarlet outfit with a pale grey wool jacket and silver clutch bag

Red-dy or not... she's coming: Emma is promoting the upcoming Spiderman reboot movie
Red-dy or not... she's coming: Emma is promoting the upcoming Spiderman reboot movie

Red-dy or not… she’s coming: Emma is promoting the upcoming Spiderman reboot movie

She and 28-year-old Andrew have recently attended press events in Tokyo, Paris and Moscow during the whirlwind tour.

Andrew reboots the role previously played by Tobey Maguire in the latest Spider-Man movie, which sees his character struggle with his everyday problems as a human as well as his super powers.

Emma recently spoke out about her on-screen kiss with her beau.

Look familiar?: The models displayed unstructured dresses that bore a strong resemblance to those sported by Emma and Rooney
Look familiar?: The models displayed unstructured dresses that bore a strong resemblance to those sported by Emma and Rooney

Look familiar?: The models displayed unstructured dresses that bore a strong resemblance to those sported by Emma and Rooney

 

Wearable: The new collection showed dresses that offered more room for its wearersWearable: The new collection showed dresses that offered more room for its wearers

 

Elegant ebony: The vast majority of the collection was in black and neutral tones
Elegant ebony: The vast majority of the collection was in black and neutral tones

Elegant ebony: The vast majority of the collection was in black and neutral tones

The star told Access Hollywood: ‘There is a nice first kiss and it’s different than the upside down one [with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst]. And we liked it.’

Miss Stone was recently announced as one of the new additions to the star-studded lineup of presenters set to grace the stage at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

It’s her first time at the ceremony, the Oscars will be airing live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, February 26th on ABC.

 

Clever coats: The earth toned outer wear in luxurious fabrics looked comfortable and stylish on the models
Clever coats: The earth toned outer wear in luxurious fabrics looked comfortable and stylish on the models

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2102270/New-York-Fashion-Week-2012-Emma-Stone-Rooney-Mara-flock-row-Calvin-Klein.html#ixzz1pdkDBZ9F

Rihanna dares to bare in a very revealing gown at star-studded Stella McCartney party

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It was a fabulously fashionable affair filled with the best of Britain’s style crowd.

But superstar Rihanna had no trouble at all eclipsing everybody when she attended Stella McCartney’s Winter 2012 London Evening Wear Presentation and dinner in Mayfair, London on Saturday night.

The singer oozed sex appeal in a slinky green wrap dress which broke all the tradition rules with a plunging neckline, tantalisingly low back and thigh-high slit, but worked beautifully.

Slinky: Rihanna dazzled at the Stella McCartney Winter 2012 London Evening Wear Presentation on Saturday night in Mayfair in a daring evening gownSlinky: Rihanna dazzled at the  Stella McCartney Winter 2012 London Evening Wear Presentation on Saturday night in Mayfair in a daring evening gown

That's a wrap: The slinky dress featured a plunging neckline, low back and thigh-high slit
That's a wrap: The slinky dress featured a plunging neckline, low back and thigh-high slit
That's a wrap: The slinky dress featured a plunging neckline, low back and thigh-high slit

Source :  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2103202/London-Fashion-Week-2012-Rihanna-dares-bare-revealing-gown-star-studded-Stella-McCartney-party.html#ixzz1pdivhLIY

‘No imagination, no morals’: Liz Jones’s damning verdict on Kanye West’s ‘ghastly’ fur-filled Paris show

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Oh, of course Kanye West received rave reviews from the fashion press for his second collection shown in Paris on Tuesday.

The fashion writers, who hailed this collection as ‘much improved’ and a ‘concise statement’ probably don’t even know what astrakhan, used liberally in his designs, actually is.

Let me tell you about this most ghastly of ‘fabrics’. Astrakhan is the fur of an unborn lamb. Yes, a foetus. The sheep is slaughtered, and the unborn lamb is ripped from her womb, its coat still curly and unformed. (Did you also know that lambswool is most commonly taken from the backs of just slaughtered lambs? What did you think they did: used a little pink comb?)

Ghastly and cruel? A model wears am astrakhan top under a bizarre fur arm-warmer
Ghastly and cruel? A model a fur coat at the Kanye West show in Paris

Ghastly: Astrakhan, the ‘fabric’ used to create the vest, left, is made from the foetuses of lambs torn from their mother’s wombs. Kanye West’s gratuitous use of fur was likely sponsored by the U.S. fur industry, says Liz

Kanye West also used crocodile skin, and fox fur for bags, back packs and huge arm warmers.

Even his view of women seems dubious and strangely out of date, given so much skin tight leather, and bondage whips.

And while much is being made at the moment about the fact models work so hard for often so little money (viz, the story that Marc Jacobs doesn’t always pay his runway models, given the prestige heaped upon them for wearing his polka dot proms), I wonder why Arizona Muse, Vogue cover girl and one of the world’s best paid mannequins, feels the need to wear so much white fur to earn a another crust, which she surely doesn’t eat anyway.

Okay, so the reason the rapper used so much fur, so many foetuses, so much ‘exotic’ skin (crocodiles are routinely pole-axed, and take many hours to die)?

Surely she doesn't need the money? Arizona Muse was draped in white fur at the Paris show
Jourdan Dunn walked in the show, which saw skins from crocodile and other exotic creatures used to create dresses and other garments

Surely she doesn’t need the money? Arizona Muse was draped in white fur at the Paris show; while Jourdan Dunn, right, wore a dress trimmed at the top with crocodile – whose skin is routinely removed from their bodies after they are pole-axed and left to die slowly

Unnecessary: A fur back pack
Unnecessary: A fur back pack and a crocodile skin trim

Unnecessary: A fur back pack, left, and right, crocodile skin used to trim a garment at the neck

Well, for one, he was undoubtedly sponsored, probably by Saga furs, the body that governs and promotes the fur trade in north America.

Second, he has no ideas, or anything new to give us. He doesn’t know how to cut a pattern, or construct a seam, or even sew a buttonhole.

But he wants us to think his collection is luxurious, elitist and covetable, so he falls back on the thing that all designers with no imagination or morals fall back on: electrocuting small animals via their vagina or rectum, and often skinning them alive.

They create a trickle-down effect, which means even more cats and dogs are skinned alive in China to satisfy demand for cheaper, copycat clothes.

The problem was, Kim Kardashian was sat front row, draped in a fur stole.

If anything is going to make fur seem cheap, nasty, trashy and  unnecessary, it is the presence of the reality TV star.

Bit of an own goal for the former rapper, dontcha think?

Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Kim Kardashian joined a fur-draped front row - though Liz says reality TV star Kim's presence only served to make the collection seem yet more trashy

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2111475/Paris-Fashion-Week-2012-Kanye-West-No-imagination-morals-says-Liz-Jones.html#ixzz1pdi8Te6u

Baby, you’re a Firework! Katy Perry sets Paris Fashion Week alight in blazing dress

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Having blue hair might be enough to get ordinary fol noticed.

But Katy Perry has gone the extra mile with a bizarre ensemble at Paris Fashion Week.

The 27-year-old singer appeared to honour her Firework hit by wearing a pastel pink pleated dress emblazoned with a bright red fireball that dominated the lower part of her frock.

Chin up! Katy Perry cuts a sombre figure leaving the Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion WeekChin up! Katy Perry cuts a sombre figure leaving the Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week

Katy completed the look, which seemed to have been styled with a sprinkling of inspiration from Lady Gaga, with a long unbuttoned mint green pastel jacket and a studded bag to match.

She was of course hidden beneath a pair of large shades, with her ponytail scooped off her face in a not so flattering Croydon facelift.

Her quirky outfit was further decorated with mismatched earrings and spiky peep toe yellow heels.

But even Katy’s own make-up artist believes the Brit-winner takes things a little too far.

Best foot forward: Katy's ensemble was a little unusual, matching pastels with fire colours
Best foot forward: Katy's ensemble was a little unusual, matching pastels with fire colours

Best foot forward: Katy’s ensemble was a little unusual, matching pastels with fire colours

 

Jake Bailey told Style.com: ‘Katy is evolving. I think she’s only begun to tap the surface of all the different looks she’s going to do in her career.

‘When it comes to her music videos and performances, she has more fun than anyone else. That’s her show.

 ‘She likes to be over-the-top, maybe too much at times, but this is Fashion Week and she is respectful of the designers and she wants to represent.’

Despite her slender figure and mingling with the models, Katy insists she has been gorging on French food just like the other tourists.

She tweeted: ‘Toasted ham and cheese on a baguette in the morning #parisisperfect’.

Front row, darling! Katy and French actress Anais Demoustier take their seatsFront row, darling! Katy and French actress Anais Demoustier take their seats

 

 Bonnie Wright
 Bonnie Wright and Kate Mara

 

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2111643/Paris-Fashion-Week-2012-Katy-Perry-sets-France-alight-blazing-dress.html