Vogue Italia: A Lady in Spring

Posted on April 04, 2012

Okay, the last dose of daily pretty weirded everyone out, so maybe this one will do the job. Pretty clothes and dream-like pictures. Also: weird sunglasses.

Enjoy, darlings.


Vogue Italia March 2012
Editorial: “A Lady In Spring”
Model: Marie Piovesan
Photographer: Paolo Roversi
Stylist: Panos Yiapanis

Valentino Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Atelier Versace Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Valentino Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Valentino Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Chanel Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Armani Privé Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Valentino Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Armani Privé Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli  Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli  Spring 2012 Couture Collection


[Photo Credit: Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia via thefashionspot.com, elle.com]

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  • hughman

    Glamazon librarians from Outer Space. 

    • StrandedFashionista

      Once this has been said, this is all I see. I want to go to THAT library. 

  • terpsichory

    Stunning. Though I get more of an Aquatic Opera vibe from this, rather than Lady in Spring.

    Those glasses are insane (in a good way).

  • Amy Ellinger

    Atelier Versace and Christian Dior FTW.  I may be in the minority, but I’m sick of that Valentino upholstery/window dressings collection.

    • chill85

       ITA re: Valentino. That A-line, long-sleeved, high-necked silhouette in virginal pastel patterns has gotten so, SO old. The colors the Valentino designers use have been basically the same at least since the show following that weird Avatar one. How many variations of mauve, mint-green or pistachio, and old tea-stained creams with bed-sheet flowers on them can there be?

      • Amy Ellinger

        Exactly!!  Its Spring, we’re happy, so give us COLOR!!!!!!!  That Armani green, and the Dior and Valli purples are to die for.

    • Louise Bryan

      Wouldn’t you know, my favorites were the Valentino gowns, although I really didn’t like the frou-frou top over pants.  Guess it’s the prim librarian in me. 

  • kingderella

    submarine psychedelic librarian diva realness. sure, why not.

    love the valentino close-up and the versace with the angular shoulders. the rest i can take or leave.

  • PeaceBang

    The Dame Edna Collection.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

    The filter on the camera takes out the pretty of the dresses.

    • Aly Light

       I actually think they’re light projections, but I really don’t know anything about it. I really like the way they look, but it definitely makes the dresses look really different– making them appear to have pattern when they don’t.

  • guest2visits

    Pretty Valentino, followed by…WHAAAAT..?   That’s almost nauseating. Now I’ve seen everything.
    Also; please stop with the Gretchen-style underwear (Gaultier); no one looks nice that way.

    • TieDye64

      And what about those earrings? They are for giants only. Ouch!

      • guest2visits

        I was so repulsed by their mouths looking like they were stitched shut; I hardly even processed the
        gi-normous chandeliers.  I can’t believe this is Givenchy.

  • marilyn

    Not as freaky a the puppet show, or as frightening as the circus show.  The weirdness is limited to sunglasses that don’t go with anything. They looked rather owlish, which did not work with anybody’s concept.  Just thrown in for effect.   For the most part, there were no memorable clothes in this showing, and no freakshow for effects.  All in all, a big waste. 

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Great images, but the lighting/shading really takes away from the clothes themselves.

  • MK03

    Someone’s not getting paid enough to smile…

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Sigh-those Christian Dior confections makes me wish my life included just one occasion that would let me wear one of those!

  • JDreesen

    Wow – i actually think the clothes look FAR better in the photos than they do on the runway.  They are stunning ensembles, don’t get me wrong; for the purposes of the editorial though, photography and lighting effects did all the heavy lifting.

    • giiiirrrr

      Me too, me too!  Many of those clothes look surprisingly bland on the runway.  Heck, I think some of them might be pretty bland in person (particularly the 1st and 3rd Valentinos).  They all look amazing in the editorial.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mine weird glasses. LOVE the eggplant Dior, but I’m still trying to figure out how the mode in the white Givechy is wearing those giant earrings. I recently pierced my tragus so I kinda have earring OCD now.

    • Amy Ellinger

      oh, I wanted Berenice Bejo from The Artist to wear that exact Dior to the Oscars SO much!!! That entire collection is jaw-dropping. 

      I can’t look at those earrings without a super-cringe!  Hope your tragus heals up quick :-)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    OooOoO those Dior gowns need to come to mama.

  • alyce1213

    A Givenchy wife beater and nose ring?
    I wish that one hadn’t been posted.

    • serenitynow02

      That nose ring is really weirding me out. In fact, the whole outfit is. It’s like an alternate universe Givenchy…

    • Ms_Flyover

      It doesn’t help that the lighting in that one makes it look like she hasn’t shaved under her arms – ever.  Really adds to the charm.

    • kimmeister

      As the wife beater and nose ring weren’t enough, to pair them with . . . sequined overalls that have just one chain link strap?  Yuck.

  • http://twitter.com/Eovaai Eovaai

    I really like the way they’ve captured the texture of the Armani Prive collection but they’ve sucked the pretty out of the Christian Dior pieces.

    • Jennifer L.

      Agreed, especially the black pleated number.

  • crash1212

    Beautiful! Even the mono-brow glasses are kicky and fun. The Dr. Seuss hats on the models for Armani Prive made me giggle.

  • Carol Ostrowski

    Call me slow, but I’m not getting spring with this one.

  • Lisa

    WOW!!  So gorgeous and amazing!  Yes, TLo, you more than made up for yesterday’s creepy with this bunch of lovely – thank you!

  • Sarah Thomas

    I could be wrong, but according to my grandmother a lady never shows her full nipple until after Memorial Day.

  • http://www.djplaw.com/ Tadiana

    The glasses seemed like an odd, out-of-place gimmick to me.  The pictures are beautiful, but the clothing is almost unrecognizable with the shadows and filters.  I’d be a little disappointed if I fell in love with one of these outfits from the magazine (anything but that ridiculous Givenchy) and then saw what it actually looks like IRL.

    • understateddiva

       Agreed on all points!  The glasses are interesting but they don’t serve any purpose.  I wasn’t a fan of the idea behind the marionette spread, but at least it was fully realized.

  • http://twitter.com/grooxcore Marie Ee

    I’m annoyed that the lighting makes all the clothes look about 3x as good as they really are. Deception.

    • http://twitter.com/carelessriver Cassie (C.M.W.)

       Some of the “reality” shots hit me kind of like an anvil hits the Road Runner. The true test, for me, was “Which of these pieces looks just as good in that lighting and in ‘reality’?” And those are the ones I liked best.

  • Anne Lucchesi

    The way this is shot immediately makes all of these outfits to me scream “Florence Welch, get out your checkbook!”

  • Elizabeth Davis

    How nice. Bejeweled barnacles are in for Spring. Looking at some of the sunglasses, I couldn’t help thinking of Olivier’s weird eyebrow treatment for the pet store challenge last season on PR.

  • VicksieDo

    This is beautiful, creative, inspiring :-)

  • Wellworn

    I know it’s all artsy and what not, but they actually made the clothes look worse compared to the runway shots. 

  • quiltrx

    Really interesting shoot.  I have to say, though, I think the lighting effects actually detract from the clothes in most of the shots.

    Glad to see this Dior line I love so much keeps popping up in editorials!

  • granddelusion

    Extraordinary nipple placement.

    • TAGinMO

      Great name for a band.

  • saanrio

    Do the people at Vogue Italia know how to let the clothes speak for themselves?  Because I am really starting to think they are so focused on making “art” that they lose sight of the art they are supposed to showcase: the clothes.  

  • formerlyAnon

    These are very cool and very interesting to look at. The projections are pretty brilliant.

    (I think Carouse may be in a back room making those glasses, though.)

  • boweryboy

    I prefer the puppeteer editorial more – I could see the clothes and they looked better than the runway.

    This is the opposite for me.

  • geeeque

    i am always for glasses in pictures, any way any how.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Artistic but I prefer to see the clothes.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    shot by paolo roversi, & well too.

    although i have to say it reminds me a lot of old raygun magazines from maybe fifteen years ago.

    &, while i agree that some shots make the clothing look worse than on the runway, others make it look spectacular, ie: the gaultier, the valentino, the givenchy, the second dior, the privé coat– more. i particularly like the way that the kamakazi-ing into overblown & unfortunately sheer first dior is made to look opaque & is brought by that opacity into a realm of mystery & sensuality it certainly lacks on the runway [where it looks, more or less, like an old vintage slip w/ a lot of extra fabric appended].

    i can easily live w/o the fabric eyeglasses–theyre the one real klaaaangg of a note amid a quite decent editorial. & i can live w/o the nose ring. but, even après painful dental incursion, i am finding it a bit physically difficult to live w/o those enormous paired-w/-givenchy earrings. i mean, i am really feeling the lack. anyone know who made them?

    even more: anyone wanna donate them thisaway?

  • Dani Colman

    Without the bra, that mesh shirt must really chafe.

  • jjfg

    Was that – a door knocker of a nose ring in there?  Also, granny panties.  Feh.

    Otherwise – nice, artistic stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Who the hell decided to cover these beautiful clothes in shadows? 

  • Ennovi_R

    The clothes look better on the runway pics.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I’m getting both a boobs ‘n’ also Betty Draper Francis brocade & bouclé vibe here.   Most are not my dish of tea, but if everyone liked the same thing, it’d be a dull planet.

    Sarah Thomas’ comment FTW.

  • NCDFan

    Hard to see the pretty with all the insane eyewear and the shadows. Didn’t see anything that looked better or more interesting in the photos.

  • DeborahLipp

    That’s a whole lotta Why?

  • greatscoutm

    I like (some-ish) the dresses in the runway pics better.  The styling of the editorial is too haute camouflage…

  • Chaiaiai

    Lovelovelove the styling of the second Dior.  The Givenchy with the strap?  Really?   I did find myself wondering “WHO IS THIS WOMAN?”  

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Ugh.  I get that this is supposed to be underwater (right?), but the shadows are so bad you can’t even SEE the clothes.  And a nose ring, really?  Not impressed with this editorial at all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    The Atelier Versace silver gown has boob brows AND gills.  Tired of see-through stuff now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    The Valentino looks like a costume from Miss Havisham Does Porn.

  • ccm800

    that JPG is gonna irritate the HELL outta her. 

  • Mirna Zgrabljić

    I totally loved everything about this editorial when I saw it in Vogue It, so I cannot thank you enough for posting runway photos with all of the outfits. The sunglasses rule. Underwater world meets gothic romance meets conservative lady living in year 2064.