Barbara Bui looks to the icons of the 70s

As I somewhat unkindly posed to a designer during this current a href=”http://www.fashionising.com/fashionweek/paris-fashion-week”>Paris fashion week, fall 2012 may prove unkind to the fashion industry’s big names if women reject the androgynous and voluminous aesthetics being offered up on runways en masse. Making themselves look bigger is seldom high on the list of things anyone wants to achieve through their clothing, and as a result many people are pondering just where the look has emerged from. Conspiracy theories abound with some people asking if it’s not all something to do with the mood at that fashion house after all those sackings? It’s not. For a large part, it is instead a natural evolution of the 1970s fashion revival and if we look to the collections that are still offering up the segue between the two looks we not only see where we’ve come from, but we see one potential way to style where we’re going.

Barbara Bui’s fall 2012 collection is one that shows such a segue. Inspired by 70s icons Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall, Bui’s fall / winter 2012 runway offered much of what we expect from collections inspired by the two icons including a perfect interpretation of a slim cut, firm shouldered double breasted suit. Where Bui’s collection highlights the progression of the trend is in its more modern outerwear, particularly the collection’s lame and Far Eastern inspired pieces, and Anna Selezneva’s opening jacket.

Points it may provide, but little of those dominate in a collection, one of the few so far shown in Paris, that is so well rounded.

You can see all of the Barbara Bui autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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