Vogue China: Simply Elegant

Posted on October 10, 2012

Darlings, we’ve been remiss in bringing you a Pretty of the Day in order to get you all centered and serene and shit. Allow us to rectify. With Vogue China, a buttload of couture, and a title like “Simply Elegant,” there’s not much left for us to say, is there?

Enjoy, kittens.

Vogue China Collections Fall/Winter Spring 2013
Editorial: “Simply Elegant”
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Stylist: Nicoletta Santoro
Models: Hedvig Palm, Romee S, Julia Frauche , Nastya K , Lara Mullen


Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Givenchy Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Collection

Armani Privé Fall 2012 Collection

Armani Privé Fall 2012 Collection

Chanel Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 Couture Collection

Valentino Fall 2012 Couture Collection




[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier via thefashionspot.com, style.com]

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  • ChaCha_70

    Thanks TLo, I needed that. I love me some classically beautiful Armani Prive. Stunning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Just thought the very same thing. Made my whole day. Amazing!

  • A. W.

    I love it all… except the Versache dresses. They look like prom dresses crafted for some Texas oil tycoon’s daughter.

    • librarygrrl64

      Yes, they are hideous. I actually let out an audible “ew!” when scrolling past them.

    • 3boysful

       That was a jarring scroll-down.  Victoria’s Secret “gowns” as Simply Elegant?  I think not.

    • Delaney Davis

       I thought they looked like the “princess” dress-up clothes my youngest sisters used to wear!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

    The voluminous white dress made me burst out laughing.

    Nothing against the dress (which is beautiful), of course, but the way it UTTERLY CONSUMES the models is just hilarious.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She looks like the Chicken Lady from Kids In The Hall.

  • gabbilevy

    Those Gaultier dresses are out.of.this.world, but this mostly leaves me feeling cold. For the most part, it looks like they shipped the runway models straight onto the set for the shoot, snapped a couple of poses and sent them on their way (I’m still not certain that the trio in the Dior dresses *arent* the same as the runway models). No creativity or interpretation whatsoever. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I completely agree!  Waste of an editorial.  As for the gowns, I’m partial to the blue Armani Prive, and I absolutely covet the Giambattista Valli floral one. 

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    That black velvet Armani creation is straight out of a ’30s movie.  Jean Harlow, or Carole Lombard, or really any of those gorgeous ladies would have looked stunning in it.  (I’m thinking more the sleeveless one than the illusion-sleeved one).  The Gaultiers are just plain fun!  the Valentinos–Valentini?–are oddly frumpy.  Dior should leave tie-dyeing to the hippies.  Versace, as always, leaves me cold.

    • kimmeister

      I think the Valentino dresses just aren’t photographed to their best advantage here.  I think the first and last ones (just not the lace one) are probably amazing in person.

  • http://twitter.com/Moondragonic Charlotte

    The blue and gold Gaultier dress look like a redesigned Tardis. Yes, that’s a compliment. 

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

       Dammit! You beat me to it. That’s EXACTLY what I was going to say.

      • watchmeboogie

         Me too!

    • kimmeister

      And a fabulous Tardis it is.

    • MK03

      That was my reaction too!

    • Emily Rice

      Yes. This exactly! TARDIS couture for the win.

    • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

      It’s like Gaultier looked at all those pleat-waisted TARDIS cosplay dresses and aprons and thought: “those bitches have nothing on me!”

  • gdougs

    Now THAT is couture.

  • Nicole Chubb

    I’m sorry, am I the only one confused that there is not one Chinese model in Vogue China?

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

       No, I had the exact same thought.

    • MilaXX

       I hadn’t noticed so I went looking to see if there was at least a bi-racial model in the lot. This make me sad.

    • kimmeister

      Not at all.  They have a billion people, and yet outsourced their models?  For shame.

    • http://twitter.com/FuLinlin FuLinlin

       As far as I remember the models in Vogue China are usually Chinese, with the exception of editorials with Hollywood actresses or something like that. But looking at the article I found it interesting that everyone working on the shot (stylist, phtographer) seems to be non-Chinese. Maybe its something they bought from elsewhere? Maybe an editorial that was made for a Sister publication but for some reason not printed? I don’t know, but to me it seems pretty common for local editions of the same magazine to reuse the editorials of others. I sometimes see covers on German magazines that I remember seeing somewhere else a few months ago.

    • Cathy S

       I was thinking this exact thing and went scrolling the comments to see if I was the only one who thought it was odd.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SYNWNMDUBJBJL66NUNMGZEIDI AnonMom

    Vogue China and not an Asian woman to be found.  Huh…

  • Vanja

    The black Valentino and Armani dresses aren’t photographed that well, all the interesting details are not visible. I LOVE the Gaultier dresses (not the colour palette though) they look like sketches come to life.  That last Valentino dress with the pleats is gorgeous!

  • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

    That Chanel dress….the poor model (in both instances) looks like she’s being sat upon by Big Bird’s whiter, bigger mum. 

  • MilaXX

    Thank you China Vogue! This editorial is a well needed breath of fresh air. Loving the pretty here. I see dresses recently worn by Jennifer Lawrence and  Julianna Margulies. Only Julianna’s fares well in comparison to the models. My favorites have to be the Gaultier dresses. They just make me smile for some reason.

  • yybb

    They have not changed much from runaway looks.

    • Aly Light

       I know… I think this whole editorial must have been done by an intern in their sleep. Nothing’s changed from how it’s presented on the runway, and it’s just pretty dresses standing in pretty rooms. Snooze.

  • M_E_S

    LOVE the blue one with the window.  It reminds me of a high fashion TARDIS dress.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Those Jean Paul Gaultier gowns are fantastic…like couture steampunk.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Wouldn’t Dietrich have ROCKED those Gaultier creations?  (Yes, I know, I’m stuck in old-Hollywood-land).

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    The tie dye Diors in the first shot remind me of some of Christian Siriano’s dresses from a few years ago, where he had the beautiful firey sunset print. 

    • 3boysful

       I’m still not sure I’d lump acid green tie-dye in the “simply elegant” category.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m a little disappointed that they’re letting the clothes do all the work.  Why not just assemble a bunch of runway photos?  (And yes, I was expecting to see more Asian models.  If Chinese models can’t get work in their own country, where are they gonna get work?)

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The Givenchy is wearing the model, but I am in undying love with the Gaultier dresses/shot and I will take the Giambattista Valli for my own wardbrobe. Love the slick hair, clean faces, and pointed toes with these bold looks.

  • Trisha26

    Nothing says “simply elegant” like a “buttload of couture!” I’ll take any of the Armani, Chanel & Gaultier. The Dior “tie dyes” look very cheap.

  • Wendi126

    The model in the Gaultier and gold tophat looks like the love child of Alex DeLarge and Little Nell

  • understateddiva

    Starlets, Armani Prive is your friend next awards season.  Please do not go the Versace route.  Unless you can convince them to redo the skirt in a matte chiffon.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Versace, horrible. Love the shibori technique on the Dior dresses. Adore the Gaultier! Now that would work for the Avant Garde on PR. Stunning over all! Thank you!

  • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

    I just am loving every single look here!  It’s just stunning, start to finish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    that wedding dress is to die for.

  • ccm800

    JPG still kicks ass. 

  • http://twitter.com/SarahJoyAdams Sarah Adams

    I want the Tardis dress (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) and the green one with the gold necklace. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/molly.oberhausen Molly Oberhausen


  • kategs

    There is something about the way that the Asian Vogues style their editorials that I find so much more interesting and flat more beautiful.  That Armani blue gown is just stunning.

  • frannyprof

    I love this editorial, but so much dreariness on the runway! Those Dior dresses look like they were designed by a depressed “Twilight” obsessed teenager.

  • quiltrx

    Just gorgeous!  Thank you T Lo…my blood pressure just dropped a few points!

    (is it wrong that I get all happy when I see some of my favorites from a collection in an editorial?  Makes me feel like I might have some germ of good taste.)

  • Le_Sigh

    Oh – J’adore – especially the middle three looks – the Armani face veil, the Ice Queen Chanel, and Jean Paul Cubist dresses.  Want so very badly.  

  • julnyes

    Not much effort was made in the styling dept – these looks are carbon copies of the runway styles. Meh.

  • formerlyAnon

    Gaultier for the win, Dior first runner up.

    I have no idea what the heck goes on in the minds of the decision makers at Versace.

    • dharmabum8

      Thank you for saving me the trouble of typing out my thoughts. Yeah, what formerlyanon said!

  • http://twitter.com/jalae Janey

    I mean, I understand sometimes beauty doesn’t need to be overcomplicated and some spreads can look wonderful with the models just standing. But…this was an incredibly boring spread. NOTHING is going on. It literally feels like the photographer said, okay models stand here and I’ll take some quick photos. The photos puts those dresses to shame because those are beautiful dresses.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

      With you there. I kept scrolling down and thinking half the pictures were from the runway shows. 

  • Qitkat

    I’d just like to stand in the same room with any of these incredible gowns, especially Armani Privé or Gaultier.

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    They just took the exact runway looks, styled the models the same way and put them in front of some scenery. 

  • RzYoung

    ooo beautiful face veils!

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Nice frocks, pretty girls, pretty rooms but really, I think they need to send their stylists and photographers to Korea to learn how to be interesting.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y3OY6COEVBS2STNCUNIRZ3COUE Claudia

    I really heart that Valentino collection.

  • choco

    Meh. This is no Vogue Korea. There isn’t a holistic vision to any of this. 

  • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Krysta

    The Versace dresses look SO much better in the Vogue pictures than the runway, and they’re still doubtful–what is that skirt made out of, wrapping cellophane?

  • PeggyOC

    The dresses are beautiful, but that is some dull, uninspired creative work.  It could be a catalog shoot.  Think what Vogue Korea would have done with these dresses.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

    Jean Paul Gaultier dress makes me scream TARDIS!

  • Katie McKinney

    I like the third look from the bottom it looks like a steam punk tardis.

  • Judy_J

    That black v-neck Armani Privé gown is gorgeous!  Simple, elegant, tasteful.

  • AthenaJ

    I adore that Giambattista Valli dress. I could stare at it for hours – minus the ‘Silence of the Lambs’ styling of the model…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bozofish Nancy Robinson

    The top-hatted model in the Gaultier Vogue shot looks like ANTM 2011 runner-up Molly. And that’s the best I can say about any of these…

  • iheartbuffy

    Jean Paul might be a genius. Unwearable in anything but an editorial, but a goddamn genius.

  • Myra C

    I think it is beautiful.  But am I being pedantic when I’m wondering why there are no Chinese models in this spread for VOGUE CHINA??

    Edited: Oops, I guess I wasn’t the only to wonder about this!

  • PrunellaV

    The Armani veils are cool, but some of them look like beards.

  • http://twitter.com/Elissa_Malcohn Elissa Malcohn

    After about a second I realized that the model in the first Giambattista Valli photo was not wearing a chandelier hat.

    I wish the Dior dresses didn’t have those vertical streaks.  The ones on the first, brown dress especially remind me of bird droppings.

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

    I would only coin about half of these looks as “elegant”.  Tie dye & bustier gowns plus the Alice in Wonderland giddyups don’t fit that description, IMO.  But what do I know?

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful gowns. Some of the fabrics would make prettier curtains than dresses though. I love the idea of tie-die ball gowns.
    And the black velvet Armani, and the white swan Chanel.

  • Wellworn

    Erica Kane would look at those Versaces and say “Tacky day!” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pix-Lee/653502929 Pix Lee

    Lizard Lady Lazer Eyes

  • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

    This might seem crazy, but I’m kind of thinking that with a very simple dress, the right hair, and the right one selected, one of those  Armani Prive bejeweled face coverings would be an exceptional veil for a bride… Just saying.