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Paris Haute Couture Spring 2013

Last week whilst we were changing nappies, dealing with tantrums and negotiating more TV time…  the Paris Couture shows happened.

Yup, I know. Couture is a far, far cry from the playground I’ve been hanging at lately too.

So, why do we even care? Why does Couture matter anyhow?

Miranda Priestly explained it best in The Devil Wears Prada…

“ ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

Got it Miranda.

So, we’ll all be wearing this *stuff* soon…


Frothy, creamy, transparent, pretty and oh so girly. Get inspired by tutu wearing toddlers and rock some frou in your frock Mamas.


Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Ellie Saab


Neon, citrine, daffodil, sunshine. Whatever you call it, yellow is here to stay. If you haven’t got your head around it yet, you need to. C’mon, it’s a happy Crayola colour!


Christian Dior, Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli


Chic, classic and quietly polite. Modern Mamas everywhere will be loving this proper frock shape… it hides a Mama Tum. And Bum!

Bell skirts

L-R clockwise from L: Dior, Dior, Giambattista Valli, Valentino


Strong, bold and brazen. She’s jewel toned and you can’t miss her.


Ellie Saab, Armani Privee, Dior


Be a lady, cover up and keep yourself *noice*. Who knew your own Mama’s advice was “on trend”?!

Covered up

Valentino, Ellie Saab, Valentino, Valentino


Play peek-a-boo in the most demure kinda way. It’s totally covered up, but totally see-through. Perhaps best away worn on Date Night, away from the sandpit…

Sheer black-001

Ellie Saab, Atelier Versace, Valentino

Which look will you be wearing to Playgroup?

Kate xx

(image credits: Getty Images)

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