Paris Couture Week 2012: Yasmin Le Bon showcases 50 kilo Stephan Rolland dress


Supermodel in red: Yasmin Le Bon showcases 50 kilo Stephan Rolland dress at Couture Week… but needs two men to help her get it down the catwalk

There's a downside to designers showcasing beautiful fabric in all it's glory… it can get rather heavy.

When Stephane Rolland's muse-of-the-day – former supermodel Yasmin Le Bon – took to the catwalk wearing the Paris Fashion Week show's final look, she needed two assistants to help her get the gown down the runway.

The, literally show-stopping, red silk jersey dress – with assorted
lacquered metal panels on the bustier and down the front of the skirt – weighs 50 kilos (110 pounds)… probably almost as much as Yasmin herself weighs.

Show-stopping: Yasmin Le Bon in the final gown showcased at Stephane Rolland's show - flanked by her two assistants

Show-stopping: Yasmin Le Bon in the final gown showcased at Stephane Rolland's show – flanked by her two assistants

Perfectly placed: The dress weighed 50 kilos, and at it's longest point the fabric - which doubled back on itself - was 45 metres long

Perfectly placed: The dress weighed 50 kilos, and at it's longest point the fabric – which doubled back on itself – was 45 metres long

At its longest point, the fabric on the dress was 45 metres long.

But the two good-looking assistants showcased the train at its best by artfully arranging it around the model's feet.

Elsewhere in the show, models wore gowns in a strict palette of red, lime green, black and ivory.

The cuts were kept simple, but highly-sculptural, showing off beautiful silhouettes and, more importantly, fabric in its purest form.

Rolland's spring-summer haute couture
offering was inspired by the work of kinetic artist Michel Deverne, and
his floor-sweeping gowns were kept ultra-simple to show off the movement
of the materials.

Beautiful silhouette: The fabric on the red silk skirt fell beautifully, showcasing the 47-year-old model's enviable figure

Beautiful silhouette: The fabric on the red silk skirt fell beautifully, showcasing the 47-year-old model's enviable figure

Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Women in white: These four gowns show off the range of fabrics that Stephane Roland showcased at his Paris show

Clean silhouettes – combined with sweeping waist appendages and expert draping – were broken up only by the odd shiny breastplate or waistband in gold metal.

Some fashion critics felt that the simplicity of the gowns made the collection repetitive, but going back to basic and showcasing fabrics including silk jersey, gazar and organza in all their natural beauty is something that should be applauded.

Just like we should applaud the models who managed to cart the, often heavy, clothes down the catwalk.

 Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland

Simple palette: Rolland stuck to reds, white, black and lime green – but the variety of fabrics and cuts offered more than enough variation