Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2012 Paris Fashion Week. Photo: AFP Getty
WHO? Vanessa Bruno
IN A NUTSHELL: Mid-1960s were a source of inspiration, both in terms of the soundtrack and the prevalence of thigh-skimming tunics and minis. There was also a nod to that silver foil encrusted 60s view of the future, with silver lurex fabrics making their way into just about every look. These were spliced in patchworks with Liberty lawn and quilted fabrics for a look that in shorthand could be summarised as Barbarella's granny.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: We loved loved the lean patchwork tunics paired with silver minis. It shouldn't work but it just did.
VERDICT: Much at Paris Fashion Week is great on paper (or at least on the runway) but in reality? Not so much. By contrast, this collection was utterly believable in its wearability - and that's much rarer at PFW than you might think. Bruno took the prim and dowdy and recreated it into shimmering and effortless summer dressing that is just as perfect for pounding the Parisian pavements as it is for pounding the catwalk.