Thursday, 26 January 2012

Givenchy Couture Spring 2012

I'm sure my posts about Givenchy couture shows are all the time so I will keep this short: The collection is exquisite, the workmanship is incredible and I love Tisci's vision. One of the dresses took 350 hours to make as the crocodile scales were individually cut, numbered, bleached, dyed and resewn onto tulle. Incredible 


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Chanel Couture Spring 2012

Twitter was all a-buzz with talk of Chanel Air before their couture show, the talk of air hostesses serving drinks and a cloud painted ceiling was intriguing. The setting seemed less ostentatious than previous stages and it was the perfect backdrop for a lighter, pared back collection. Karl Lagerfeld might not be feeling blue but his collection was only blue, 150 different shades to be exact. The collection was classically elegant but with a more youthful feel. The open boat necks and severe dropped waist detailing and subtle embroidery and embellishment gave a fresh, contemporary edge. A surprising number of day looks signifies that Chanel couture is a real business, not a red carpet only affair. 


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

A Galliano-shaped hole remains in the House of Dior and after last season's horrendous couture show, I think everyone was on the edge of their seats to see what would become of one of the most iconic of the couture houses. Bill Gaytten delved deep into the Dior archives, evident in the use of houndstooth, the "New Look silhouette, full skirts and just a dash of Dior drama. Described by Gaytten as "X-ray Dior...all the structure of iconic Dior, but all of it see-through", the collection was well recieved with The Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong describing it as "A class act by any standards". Though there were still a couple of sub-par pieces, I enjoyed the ladylike, feminine collection in delicate fabrics. There aren't many red carpet choices but the beauty of the collection speaks for itself without the need for celebrities. 


Atelier Versace Spring 2012

One of the most anticipated shows of this couture season, Atelier Versace returned to the couture week schedule after an eight year hiatus. It's fitting then that the super-brand had a star studded front row including Anna Dello Russo, Cameron Diaz and Diane Kruger to view the 15-piece collection modeled by the likes of Karlie Kloss, Lindsey Wixson, Karmen Pedaru and Arizona Muse. There were some really strong looks, particularly the shimmery slivers of silver Chantilly lace making up the first few looks, the shorter Versace gold dresses and the degrade orange strapless dress. There were weaker looks which looked like an awkward, hurried rehash of previous Givenchy/Armani Prive/Chanel collections. The architectural, sculptural details were a bit of departure from the prettier, more romantic Atelier Versace look - see Angelina Jolie at last week's Golden Globes or Anne Hathaway's infamous dress from the Atelier. I'm not sure how many of these pieces will be seen on the red carpet, but I'm sure the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian will love them. 


Monday, 11 July 2011

Azzedine Alaia couture Autumn/Winter 2003

To put the current Alaia couture in context, I had a little look back to his last couture outing in Spring 2003. The difference between the two collections is really evident, this collection was much sexier, with a focus on the silhouette and sheer fabrics. 

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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Azzedine Alaia couture Autumn/Winter 2011

Mr Alaia's return to couturefrom an eight year haitus has made this show the most anticipated of all the couture shows this season. A master of beauty who evokes tremendous devotion, there is no doubt that the collection was exceptionally beautiful. Famed as the king of cling, his silhouettes were a secondary story in this collection behind his exploration into texture. With the long ruffley gowns, Alaia manipulates the fabric in a way that no one else possibly could.  "There's everyone else. Then there's Ala├»a."


Elie Saab couture Autumn/Winter 2011

Elie Saab definitely has a look, the collections tend not to deviate from each other too wildly but hey, if the formula works there's little point in changing it. Delicate tulle gowns at their very best. 


Armani Prive couture Autumn/Winter 2011

A visual feast for the eyes, Armani's Prive collection for AW11 is perfection. Mr Armani has made a triumphant return to Earth after his shimmering, gemstone-inspired space-age Spring couture collection. Clearly inspired by the Orient, the fusion of traditional Japanese elements is subtle and results in a beautiful, elegant collection without straying onto theatrical, costume territory. I'm looking forward to seeing these looks on the awards circuit. 



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