• JOYCE paid a visit to Anthony Vaccarello backstage before sitting in the front row of his Autumn/Winter 2012 show.

    For the last two years, rising star Anthony Vaccarello has experienced life-changing moments in his career. First, he received the ANDAM fashion award in 2011. Then a particular thigh-high black slinky dress from his Spring/Summer 2012 collection made its way from the catwalk onto Gwyneth Paltrow’s perfect body landing him his first ever magazine cover. By the time Paris Fashion Week arrived, insiders were gearing up to see what fashion’s newest star had to offer.

    It was late afternoon as supermodels du jour including Karlie Kloss and Anja Rubik, began arriving at the show venue. After being snapped by street fashion photographers and bloggers they made their way backstage to undergo a transformation into the icy yet sexy Vaccarello woman complete with swept back sleek hair and multi-toned smoky eyes.

    The Autumn/Winter 2012 show attracted plenty of fashion insiders, including front row regular Kanye West, each of them eager to see what the 32-year-old Belgian designer had up his skinny sleeves. West arrived backstage to wish Vaccarello good luck, while the models strutted their stuff during rehearsal. Shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, known for his high-voltage spiky heels, also came backstage to give the girls a final check. He collaborated with Vaccarello to create pointy sky-high heels that perfectly complimented his utilitarian, tailored and of course, sexy collection.

    The results were breathtaking. Petrol blue bomber jackets and tailored blazers were teamed with either super skinny skirts or trousers. Metallic green disco dresses and liquid gold column gowns, often with bondage inspired bodices, provided the new answer to 1980s glamour. Mini dresses with asymmetrical necklines or sleeves, came with cut-outs. If that wasn’t daring enough, there was the asymmetric “half-tux” paired with a mini skirt and asymmetric jumpsuit tux to make a statement.