Season's Round Up # 15: GAULTIER, MARGIELA, VALENTINO FALL WINTER 2012 COUTURE COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS # 1
With the end of the FW2012 Couture shows in Paris and the anticipation of the SS2013 RTW shows in September, let's do a round up of some of the noteworthy shows that I didn't have time to do full reviews but I thought were quite interesting - GAULTIER
2 words best describe Gaultier's show - risqué and totally androgynous. High fashion drama drama drama was at the center of the show - from the hour and a half late start to the bold and daring looks that went down the runway - definitely something that you won't forget. I myself love the looks that can be worn by both genders - specifically the corset number you actually see on one of the male models. I also love the opulent feel that the gowns evoke, which look like a modern take on flapper dresses of way back when – only longer.
Masked models seemed to be a key theme in the runway and it was ever present in the high fashion line from Maison Martin Margiela. The collection evoked a sense of mystery and intrigue, not only through the fencing inspired masks, but through the use of colors that somewhat reminds me of a foggy dawn or evening. The 15-set look used colors that were quite earthy, most likely to help root an otherwise out of this world avant garde showing. Nonetheless, it's this type of whimsy and fashion forwardness that help inspire slews of new up and coming designers; so kudos to the team for having the vision to land such a collection.
I think this is one of the most stunning, luxurious and rich collections from the FW2012 Couture shows that I've seen. The use of pieces that border between RTW - such as jumpsuits and capes - interplayed with rich fabrics was phenomenal! I loved the use of deep dark colors i.e. black and navy and of course more traditional Valentino ones such as red, specific to the flowy gown you see in the photo above. The use of prints and frilly fabrics, on grandiose pieces, which I personally think are still wearable in spite of the fact they're couture, is a decadent welcome to the collection. All in all, definitely one of the best in my books.