The Best of Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

In every season, there is always something that’s bound to catch your fancy. Every fashion aficionado can attest to this. However, the Spring/Summer collection is especially hounded for everything exuberant, iridescent and relaxed. The big shots from London, Milan and Paris have dedicated themselves to exhausting their creative juices to keep the chic woman, well, chic all year round, starting with the toes.

Here’s a round-up of the most interesting runway highlights for Spring/Summer 2012 that will make you wish it was spring break or summer time.

Balenciaga

The Paris Fashion Week was packed with surprises and Balenciaga’s Jurassic themed shoe line was the icing on the cake. These square-toe booties are criss-crossed with wide black leather straps and feature huge pointy back flaps that remind you of winged dinosaurs (think Pteranodon or simply, “Petrie” of Land Before Time.) The textured leather is too beautiful to pass up and the prints can give that much-needed oomph to a plain dress.  If the tiger print doesn’t grab enough attention (which is highly unlikely), the heels with stoppers at the base just might.

Balmain

Another winning theme during the Paris Fashion Week was the Wild Wild West which Balmain pulled off so well. Under a new direction by Olivier Rousteing, the French label came out with a collection that’s generally characterized by gold hardware, embroidery, ornate leather cuts and jewel embellishments. Not bad for a debut collection.

Louis Vuitton

The audience was in for a sweet treat during the Louis Vuitton show when Marc Jacobs made a complete 180 degree turn from his dominatrix-inspired collection last year to a fairytale-like presentation. The models, in their soft hued ensembles, launched themselves off a white carousel and paraded in pastel colored pumps, ranging from peep toes to pointy toes. Some of the designs include strappy pieces and lace ups. The silver toes are simply stunning!

Alexander McQueen

Even after Alexander McQueen’s demise, his legacy of bold and unorthodox fashion lives on as models strode in heelless wedges. “It’s all about femininity and womanhood. It’s about embellishment and celebrating women’s beauty,” says creative director Sarah Burton. This explains the amalgam of lace, chiffon, embroidery, ruffles and silk in the entire collection. All these elements were incorporated literally from head to toe. For Spring/Summer 2012, the house of McQueen introduces textured and ruffled wedges in the prettiest colors (coral pink and pale lavender) and the strappiest gladiator wedges.

Christian Dior

Under the tenure of John Galliano, Christian Dior has been associated with everything whimsical and daring. The present acting director Bill Gaytten, however, took a different path and opted for a more tame and demure line. Platform sandals that were very feminine feature slim buckle straps at the ankle and laser cut leather materials with zipper trim. Some styles showcase tall thick heels that are lined with silver and covered in suede.

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