Louis Vuitton: The designer that Poppy Delvigne described as "transcends the era". This show really let this idea shine with the box- bags, beehives and checkered prints.
Alexander Mcqueen: Quite a dark theme going on here contrasting to the bright pastels of many others shows. However to keep up to date there were coloured details in gold as well as summer sweet 50's style dresses.
Valentino: As always Valentino held a beautifully simple show, the focus was all the carefully crafted clothes. This show allowed Valentino to pull together and clarify all the themes we've been seeing through the last few seasons such as the colours; nude and black as well as the lace and transparent embellishment. This season however there was a definite emphasis on the cut out dresses, a contrast perhaps to the more masculine dark leather we saw in fall?
Chanel: A wind farm was the setting at Chanels show this season, this appeared to be a statement preluding the fact that this was to be the biggest of Chanels shows so far. I felt like this show was perhaps a summer version of the Fall RTW 2011 show, with similar style jackets and blanketed material except with of course the lovely yet predictable twist that made it a summer collection; colours. "Pearls, pearls, pearls.." was what Karl Lagerfeild had to say about his collection. Pearls once again featured at Chanel but this time not as body art on the models but on the clothes instead, the pieces of clothing was not just embellished but swamped with the things.
there was a sense of "pure Saint Laurent" in this show. Perhaps new designer Hedi Slimane felt the need for him to go back to the brands root for his first shot at designing for Laurent. There was a very bohemian look to the show, with large hats and long skirts. It was as if a girl had gone to a vintage shop and managed to create all these gorgeously elegant clothes, while maintaining a sense of timelessness.
Theme of athleticism held strong at the show. But the feminine, soft materials maintained a relaxed feel; such as this smart trouser suit which ended with a laid back material cuff at the ankle. As at Chanel there was also a sense of lightness and transparency that's still wearable.
Stella Mcartney: Stella felt this collection was more "direct" than her others. There were definitely more colours than her usual collections and the shoulders Mcartneys so famous for appeared even bigger. She felt she needed to maintain the athleticism in her collection which symbolizes that line between genders.