Favorites of Fall 2012 Couture: Giambattista Valli, Versace, Valentino, and NOT Chanel

Couture came and went and left a trail of sequins and flower petals for Fall 2012. Seriously, if it wasn’t sequined, it was floral, tulle, and sheer chiffon, and if it wasn’t those, it was draped in a cloak or luxe velvet. Good thing I love all those things.

The one thing I didn’t love? Chanel! I had seen some of the headlines where Cathy Horyn ripped the line apart but I have to say I couldn’t agree with her more. In fact,  I’d just add that there was something unwearable or fit prohibitive about every single garment shown. Disappointing, to say the least.

Giambattista Valli, however, was a stand out. By far the most amazing pieces of Couture came from that fledging but fabulous house:

Valentino was also quite stunning, with a palette of jewel tones that were emboldened and feminine.

Staying true to the New Look that made the line famous, Christian Dior‘s XX showed waist cinching styles that are wearable and classic, but shine in their simplicity and modernism. Though there were some beaded numbers towards the end of the show, I was mostly taken with the new silhouettes:

Versace‘s second couture collection was gorgeous, pastel, ad oh-so-pretty. But I can’t say the items felt THAT different from a Versace collection? Nonetheless the mint green dress is a major win, and I bet we’ll see it at the Emmys!

Last but not least, Elie Saab had one pretty dress after the next, although much of seemed very matronly. Which is fine, I suppose, but I do like to see edgy cuts, personally.

What do you think of the couture collections? Any standouts for you??