I just want you all to know that I thoroughly enjoyed the fall 2015 couture fashion shows. They are giving me all the feels. Sometimes I am skeptical of what I see. Sometime designers either do too little or too much with couture. This season though… was amazing.
Hello readers! I can’t wait to bring you part one of the Spring/Summer 2013 Paris Couture roundup. I decided to so you all some of my favorite shows this season! I’m so excited. Check out pics from Alexis Mabille, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Elie Saab, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Valentino. [SOURCE]
Raf Simons for Christian Dior Spring 2013 seems to be a hit amongst the fashion elite and Paris Fashion Week has barely started. The show which is to be the first among what the media is calling a showdown between Raf Simons for Dior and Hedi Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent or Saint Laurent Paris as it is now being called.
Raf Simons, formally of Jil Sander, will be replacing John Galliano at Dior. After many months of speculation, many say that the official announcement will come from the couture house on Wednesday. Many can rejoice because Raf Simons seems to be a great fit for the house of Dior. His last collection for Jil Sander for the Fall 12 season was a massive hit with critics, and looks to be a precursor to what Simons may design for Dior now that he is on board. I wonder what is going to happen to Bill Gaytten. He was Galliano’s lackluster assistant that took over after Galliano was fired from Dior. Photos from Style.com.
Spring 2012 Couture Fashion Week is going on right now in Paris, France. The menswear shows have just finished, and in a few weeks the hoopla of fashion week will start all over again. Aren’t you excited?!?! I am!
Donatella designed a Versace collection that looked like a 60s lacy space gladiator. The colors went from a lavender grey to neon green. This collection was great considering this was the first couture collection they had done in quite a few years.
The Paris Fall 2011 Couture Shows are here again and beauty is among us. I am totally loving what I have seen so far. Alexis Mabille and Christian Dior brought the dramatics. If you are looking for a fantastical ball gown, stop there first. Anne Valerie Hash and Bouchra Jarrar showed the finer side of suiting for women by experimenting with neutral and bright shades. Giambattista Valli fell into a gap in between the other four designers by designing cake-like couture in a white, black, and pink palette.
So I guess we can pretty much say that the House of Dior will survive without its genius John Galliano, while Lanvin continues to awe the critics. Looking at the Dior show yesterday, I think we can pretty much say that while the show wasn’t perfect, it was still a pretty fantastic show with elements that we have seen before like big hats, thigh high boots, and pretty fabrics. The part that made me feel some kind of way was when the entire in house design team came out in white lab coats at the end of the show with no John Galliano in sight, which brings me to this little tidbit.
People have been claiming that couture is dead because couture clients have been dwindling down and most rich people just buy ready to wear clothes that look like couture. I think this season is showing that couture is alive and kicking. The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has even added some new members in recent years. Couture will be here for awhile.
As much as I love paying attention to all of the different fashion weeks, it can get overwhelming. Can you imagine if I had to travel to all of them. I did New York this year that was crazy. I mean it was fun, but it was crazy ripping and running all over town, and doing homework, and doing blog work. Anyway….I think Paris Fashion Week ends on Wednesday. In the meantime, check out these collections. Photos from Style.com.
John Galliano designed some kind of sailor themed Christian Dior show that seemed more Gilligan’s Island than anything. It wasn’t bad. When I heard the reports of a sailor themed show, I said to myself uh-oh not another sailor themed fashion show, but I liked it. I think it was the colors and prints that did it for me.
Cacharel was beautiful. The colors were amazing. The prints were amazing! Very impressed with what I saw. I would buy so many of the dresses in that show. They were so bright and beautiful.
Jean Paul Gaultier gets a standing ovation from me. He used plus sized models again. AGAIN! He used Beth Ditto, Crystal Renn, and Marguita Pring. The collection was inspired by rock and roll and Joan Jett, hence the wigs.
Viktor & Rolf’s collection was inspired by the men’s shirt. I love how they took said inspiration and made pants that looked like they were made from shirt arms, and big linebacker tops that looked like shirt exploded many times over. The design duo always know how to create something creative that you might not have thought of doing before.
Living in New York City you have to a have an appreciation for vintage. Although I’m a trendy shopper every now and then I enjoy frequent trips with my girlfriends to consignment shops all around the city. Recently, I caught this really cute vintage 1982 Christian Dior cropped checked blazer on one of my vintage hunts and believe it or not the label wasn’t what caught my attention about the jacket. It was the enormous and extra sleek shoulder pads that caught my eye.
Armani Privé was not as impressive as I thought it would be. It was like he tried to take the whole greige/beige, camel is the new thing to wear trend and translate it to couture. I wasn’t impressed. There were some nice things in the collection, but I just couldn’t get into it. Also a few of the gowns were a bit ill-fitting on the models, and the hair was a mess.
Bouchra Jarrar was a new name to me. Her collection was just OK. I felt like it was missing something. It was very boxy, geometric, and full of shift dresses. I don’t know about this one either.
Chanel was Chanel, or so I thought. Once I looked through the pictures I fell in love the the huge silhouettes and beautiful coats. The color scheme of ruby reds, golds, blues, and creams looked so royal. I think this collection was fit for a queen. The hair and boots were not cute though. I could have done without those bits.
Dior was a floral masterpiece. I really couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Seriously. It was gorgeous. All of the dresses were based on flowers and the models’ hair was wrapped with plastic wrap like the kind you see on bouquets. The special hats were made by Stephen Jones. Love at first sight is possible.
For Givenchy, everything was covered in lace, fringe, and long hairy fur. Very interesting. It kind of reminded me of bits and pieces of Alexander McQueen’s collections. I’m not a fan of the white stocking with open toe shoe look. It was very somber, Adams Family scary, and interesting.
I am literally drooling on the screen at all of these different designer offerings. TMI! Sorry, but it Spring 2010 couture is banging!!! Also don’t forget to give to Haiti. They still need our help, and enter in my contest with We Love Colors.
Anne Valérie Hash
I thought the whole collection lacked a certain cohesiveness. The pieces I did love were full of hologram and mixed print goodness.I know she is still trying to build on things, but I wish she would work on her cohesiveness.
I was not expecting Alexis Mabille’s collection to be so literal, but I liked it. The collection reminded me of some kind of chic graphic, geometric circus uniform. I really like it though. Panels of colors were mixed with different shapes and fabrics just like a patchwork quilt.
Christian Dior made my mouth drop to the floor. The collection was beyond gorgeous. John Galliano usually creates beautiful collections but this one, to me, was his best yet. The equestrian theme meets Frankenstein Gibson Girl was a great combination. I can’t wait to see who is going to be the first to rock the boots. They were awesome too.
Photos From Style.com