SS2012 Couture: A Sleeve Love Affair

January 30, 2012


It’s couture show season, friends, and all the greatest design minds are sending their spring-summer 2012 collections down the runway. While I sat drooling over the images of the shows broadcast to date, it occurred to me that a trend was happening.


Call me old, but it is such a breath of fresh air to see sleeves again. I am in love with the voluminous pillows of sleeves harking back to an era when women were tastefully elegant and hemlines were reasonable.

I can’t be certain, but I believe we owe a debt of thanks to Dutchess Kate and her wedding gown shot heard round the world who may have personally ushered sleeves back into vogue both literally and figuratively.

Gautier is still shockingly sexy in his homage to Amy Winehouse, Chanel is quintessentially true to their heritage and Armani Prive is streamined, modern and feminine. I’d like to be buried in that Christian Dior houndstooth number – I’d like to think your welcome party to heaven is impossibly chic.

Thank you, fashion houses. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into silhouettes and palettes the rest of us can embrace and enjoy.

The ladies applaud the ladylike.

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