Elie Saab, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier showed either preciously pastel or rowdy rock and roll inspired collections. Elie Saab showed dainty pastels that would be perfect for the upcoming Oscars. Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri created flowery printed gowns perfect for the girlest girly girl. Jean Paul Gaultier’s new couture collection was inspired by Amy Winehouse, so you know it is perfect for any beehived diva! I am really enjoying the couture gowns this season. They are so beautiful! Photos from Style.com.
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.
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Check out Business of Fashion today.
They have all of the latest news on the designer changes that several labels are going through:
Sarah Burton confirmed as Creative Director at Alexander McQueen (Telegraph)
“A statement from Alexander McQueen and its ‘parent’ company, Gucci Group, announced that Burton will supervise the creative direction and development of all collections of the brand going forwards.”
New Designer at Hermès (NY Times)
“After seven years, Jean Paul Gaultier is giving up his ready-to-wear duties at Hermès and will be replaced by Christophe Lemaire, who has been designing for Lacoste since 2000. Mr. Gaultier’s move was expected, but the replacement was something of a surprise.”
Olivier Theyskens to Design for Theory (NY Magazine)
“Olivier Theyskens hasn’t been producing clothes since he was dismissed from Nina Ricci after his adored fall 2009 collection. But he’s finally landed a gig doing a capsule collection for Theory.”
U.K. Bans Two Vuitton Ads (WSJ)
“The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority Wednesday banned two Louis Vuitton print ads that it says could have misled consumers into thinking its products are handmade, when in fact the luxury brand also uses machines.”
Giles Deacon Talks Taking The Reins At Ungaro (Style.com)
“‘When I was doing my foundation course, before I ever got to Saint Martins, I was a really big fan of Ungaro. The Ratti prints were immediately appealing to my magpie eye… [what] I want to do is assimilate all that and make a new version.’”
As I stated before, Giles Deacon is going to Ungaro. JPG is out at Hermes and Christophe Lemarie is in at the luxury brand. Olivier Theyskens, who was dropped from Nina Ricci… BIG MISTAKE!, is now at Theory?!?!?!? Last but not least is the shocker that really isn’t all that shocking to me at all. Sarah Burton is now the Creative Director of Alexander McQueen. She has worked closely with McQueen for over a decade. I have faith in her, granted I am afraid that too many people will try to compare her to Alexander McQueen. That is to be expected though.
Target has really gone designer collaboration crazy! Coming up in the next few months are the collections by Zac Posen and Jean Paul Gaultier. Out of these collections, I love the JPG one the best. The trench coat and motorcycle jackets are tresmazing! Zac Posen’s line looks good if you are into that thing. I like Zac Posen, but his collection looks like a mix and match of things, more mix/matchy than usual. Photos from Refinery29 and Fashionista.com.
Yesterday’s camera-phone sneak peek of the Jean Paul Gaultier for Target collection led us to our receiving the actual lookbook. The original editorial from Elle—not Vogue—played a few tricks on us. There’s no lace paneling, no sheer-topped dresses, there’s a big cartoon anchor on that striped top, and that $40 trench is actually $59.99 (still affordable for just how adorable it is). But what can we expect when the line drops on March 7th? A hodgepodge of styles, really. At times the looks can look sweet, ranging from prim floral A-line skirts to bustier tops with a chipper, sailor’s neckline. But other times the looks can be positively head-scratching. The last time pin stripes and “tattoo-print” dresses appeared on our monitors was when we were watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu. Prices range from $17.99 for swimsuit separates to $199 for those sick leather jackets. Click through for all the looks!
The collection’s 100% Zac, made for a woman who likes to dress up, but might not have a red carpet to walk every other week.
It’s mostly dresses, highlights include a sleeveless floral mini with a massive side bow ($74), a well-cut purple polka-dot number with thick seams ($39), and the long printed gown at left ($69).
Swimsuits come in gold lame ($40) and tie dye (so do tees), skirts are basic black in flouncy cuts ($40) and Zac’s even included a slim black suit ($90).
You’ll have to wait until April 25th to buy it, but click through to see the whole collection.
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It’s been confirmed that Gaultier will be the newest Designer Collaboration with big box Target, releasing an exclusive lower priced collection to a limited number of 250 stores and online March 7, 2010.
Bringing truth to the whole in-like-a-lion thing, Gaultier’s March collection for Target, as a Designer Collaboration – which is different than the Go International program, which always confuses us, too – is set to “celebrate the American woman” and her ties to pop culture, as in, Madonna’s iconic 80s look as produced by Gaultier himself.
As we know, Gaultier is the man who pushed the envelope on the runway and has pioneered the overt sexuality of high fashion. What that means for Target as a mass retailer, we’re just dying to find out.
>> Loic Prigent’s The Day Before series, documenting the 48 hours before Proenza Schouler, Fendi, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Sonia Rykiel shows, doesn’t air on the Sundance Channel until Sept. 9, but they’ve put up 11 clips total spanning the four segments, and the entire Fendi episode has leaked to YouTube — watch here. A couple of favorite clips below: the first in which Karl Lagerfeld’s muse Amanda Harlech yells for some music, initiating the Fendi employees’ seasonal late night fashion show — one male staffer even wobbles the runway in vertiginous Fendi heels; the second in which Proenza Schouler’s clearly nervous Jack McCullough — who yearns for a cheeseburger — and “fidgeting” Lazaro Hernandez are inclined to physically touch every look backstage before it goes out on the runway. Ikram boutique’ Ikram Goldman calls it “blessing” the garment.
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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: