July 09, 2013

Fall 2013 Couture | Faves

Couture. The one word that everyone covets, conjuring up images of incredible, glamorous gowns and sky-high price tags. The one event in the fashion world where only the crème de la crème get to showcase their creations and every style maven worth her salt marks their calendars for. Paris Haute Couture (pronounced as "oat kuhtoor") Week has always been the highlight in my fashion calendar and you would find me watching my Twitter and Instagram dashboards like a hawk for up-to-date glimpses from the backstage to the front row seats at the couture shows.
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I mean, who doesn't love Haute Couture? It's the one event where designers can push the most boundaries and design gowns as elaborate and as magnificent to their hearts' desire without having bad press. And the fact that only top-tier designers with a long history of exquisite craftsmanship get to participate, only adds to the air of luxury and exclusivity that comes with Haute Couture Week. For most people like me who can't afford the insanely expensive collections, watching them from Style.com is the closest thing I have to owning a couture gown or seating at the front row. Yet for every Couture season, designers never fail to amaze me again and again with their impeccable details that sets Haute Couture apart and makes it special. Here are some of my favourite shows, hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Giambattista Valli
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An utterly feminine and magical collection which was inspired by flowers from peonies to roses, resulting in beautiful, delicate and exquisite gowns that brings out your inner princess.
Chanel
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Another stunning collection from Chanel featuring similar elements from their Resort 2014 collection such as tweed and structured coats. The silver used in some pieces also hinted at the futuristic quality of the collection and muted colours such as beige, black and grey were the mostly used colours. Throw in pavéed sequins, tweeds woven with Lurex, gray flannel silvered to a sheen, lamé and add in some sparkle, and you got yourself the ultimate dream-inducing Couture collection.
Atelier Versace
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Opened and closed by the fabulous supermodel Naomi Campbell, this minxish collection by Donatella Versace was one of the only collections which mostly stayed away from floor-length gowns and instead replaced them with body-con one pieces including my favourite piece, Lindsey Wixson's plunging catsuit.  Materials such knitted mink, shredded tulle, sequined lace, handwoven leather and net made the collection a unique standout and brought out the exquisite details of the clothes. Glamorous.
Zuhair Murad
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A red-carpet favourite, this year's Couture collection by Zuhair Murad showed exactly that. Using colours from midnight to brilliant azure blue, from green to black, beige and purple, this collection ticked all the right boxes for exquisite and elegant gowns that land celebrities on best-dressed lists. Featuring intricate lace designs and luxe materials, these gowns also exuded dark sensuality and gothic glamour. Embroidered to perfection if you want glamour with edge.
Jean Paul Gaultier
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Definitely one of the most fun collections in Couture 2013, Jean Paul Gaultier raised the bar yet again with this feline-inspired show. The models' hair were practically imprinted with leopard prints and all the stockings had animal prints adorned on them. I felt that this show also had a dark yet whimsical circus theme, with it's crazy cone hats and even crazier outfits matched with sky-high swirls of hair. The best part of the show was undoubtedly when Liu Wen closed it with a flurry of white flower petals as she sauntered down the runway in an almost circus mistress-like gown. 

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! Which one was your favourite?
     Charlotte

1 comment:

  1. wow! beautiful!

    check out my latest look:http://www.fashionglow.ro/?p=3192

    xoxo,Khloe

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