Best dresses and suits from the Spring 2012 Couture shows in Paris

by Sylvia

best dresses and suits Spring 2012 couture collections paris

Over the last week some of the world’s best designers have shown their (haute) couture shows. Although these dresses are unaffordable for most, they still offer great inspiration and give us a glimpse of new colors and trends. Many of the world’s designers will be inspired by these dresses and cheaper versions will hit the stores throughout Spring and summer.

Here are my favorite dresses and suits for women over 40 from the 2012 couture shows in Paris.


Chanel’s show was all about blue and featured a lot of cobalt blue (very on trend) but also lighter and darker tints of blue. I love the straight dresses with the big pockets. Always great for a stylish and casual look. I like the big wide necklines and when you combine that with a very long jacket in the same fabric, it just looks incredibly stylish!

best dresses for women over 40 from Chanel

Alexis Mabille

Alexix Mabille’s show started with a quote from Marcel Proust—”It is only women who do not know how to dress that are afraid of colors”. Something to consider and think about… Here are my favorite colorful creations.

Alexis Mabille dresses Spring 2012

Armani Prive

I mentioned in my earlier post on the best evening dresses to wear to the Oscars, that I loved Armani Prive’s collection, featured at the top of this post, which is full of moss green and a few purples. Lots of asymmetry  and drapery as well, which you all know I love, with wonderful silhuettes.

Bouchra Jarrar

I liked the simplicity of this collection. The short belted jackets over classic pants, the simple grey and black dresses and the chic long skirt with wide top.

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2012 couture collection

Do you have any favorites from the latest couture collections?


I deeply respect the Couture shows. Elie Saab was so feminine and I loved the pastel colors – peach, pink, yellow, and that gorgeous mint. There are many Oscar worthy dresses in that collection. I also liked Dior which had a lot of white, black, and red yet still looked fresh and Summery because of the sheer layers. And as blue is my favorite color (any shade!) I was entranced by Chanel. I adore his stockings. A few years ago it was the ballet ribbons and this time it is sparkles above the knee. Lovely!


Yes, Dior had a few nice dresses as well, but those pastel colors of Elie Saab are just not for me. Chanel was again superb!


Chanel has done it again! I love the casual look! The straight dresses has to be my favorite from that collection.
I also liked the Jarrar collection for it’s simplicity! Especially that long skirt with that wide top..


And I think that Coco would have approved of this collection too, especially the nice big pockets!


I like the orange and red dresses by Alexis Mabille, sans hat however! 🙂


The hats would make a great entrance though at a special party!


Love the Armani. So elegant


Me too. Love the colors and silhuettes!


Oh, I just LOVE those wide necklines of Chanel, especially the cropped jacket and the lighter teal blue dress. So elegant. And pockets! Beautiful and practical.


Yes they are wonderful. I hope we see those dresses back as cheaper versions in the shops some time….


Woah!! CHANEL MURDERED IT! I’m interested to see how the Armani Prive skirt will translate off the runway.


Chanel is having a good year I feel. I also really liked their Chanel pre fall collection

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