Fall 2013 Couture Fashion Week came and went by so fast. I barely had time to think about it, but that might have also been because I was so focused on The Fourth of July. I was in love with the collections as usual, but there were a few that really caught my eye. I am truly in love with the duo of designers at Valentino. I think they really have found their groove and bring much sophistication to the house. A lot of people think that Jean Paul Gaultier’s recent collections have been lackluster, but I was really feeling the disco rainbow leopard looks he put out there. Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab make the kind of couture that really just screams COUTURE! I know this is what people want to see Raf Simons do at Christian Dior, but that is just not Simons style. I like what he is doing at Dior. To be honest, some of the clothes leave a little something to be desired, but Then you get a few pieces that really wow you. Armani Prive really brought the old school Hollywood Glamour. The blush notes really look good on any skin tone and the fabric floated on air. I have been a fan of Alexis Mabille since I started writing this blog. He was just coming to prominence and starting to get a name for himself. When you look at his clothes, you can see why he is so popular. The clothes are heaven. They are what I could imagine a couture darling ordering for herself back in the day. These photos came from Style.com. Go check them out for the rest of Fall 2013 Couture Fashion Week.
The designers at Valentino made sure the collection was for the young at heart. Short babydoll dresses and kitten heels were popular themes throughout the collection. I have to say I actually like this collection better than the past collections that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli and have done for the brand.
If the Valentino collection was for the young at heart, then the Elie Saab collection was for the sexually aware, yet classy woman. The collection was full of fiery reds, bare legs, and deep v-cut necklines. Elie Saab did not disappoint me at all. Between this collection and Dior, you really see what couture is all about. Oh and did anybody catch Karolina Kurkova walking the Elie Saab show? I guess it is safe to safe that the Victoria Secret models have successfully merged back from couture to commercial to couture again.
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.
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Fall 2009 Haute Couture Season has come and gone. It was so quick, but what do you expect when you only have 9 couture designers. I was very impressed with all the collections this season. Usually I find something or another that does not suit my eye, but I was surprised by the looks. On a sad note, this fall’s Christian Lacroix collection may be his last because his company filed for bankruptcy. They are trying to restruture it, but I read on one website, the other day, that they basically fired most if not all of the staff. 🙁 Since I liked all of the collections. I have decided to show you what I feel are the 3 best looks from each collection.
Photos From Style.com
P.S. Here is a little video from New York Times The Cut on the making of a Chanel Couture: