Posts tagged Haute Couture
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

Jean Paul Gaultier FW2012 Couture Highlights
Jean Paul Gaultier FW2012 Couture Highlights

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.

MARGIELA

Maison Martin Margiela FW2012 Couture Highlights
Maison Martin Margiela FW2012 Couture Highlights

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.

VALENTINO

Valentino Fall Winter 2012 Couture Highlights
Valentino Fall Winter 2012 Couture Highlights

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.

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Season's Round Up #14: GIVENCHY FALL WINTER 2012 COUTURE COLLECTION
Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 Couture Collection
Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 Couture Collection

If you're looking for flair and whimsy  from the ongoing FW2012 Couture Collections, there won't be any other house who has showcased it in such a unique way other than Givenchy. Taking inspiration from the amalgamation of gypsies and that of of the sixties [as per the presentation notes], Tisci's couture offering perfectly featured the importance of high quality craftsmanship, given the marriage of intricate embroidery, use of rich fabrics and play of deep colors that evoked strong & powerful emotions. Each piece looked as if it was made with painstaking precision and the highest degree of artisanal value. Apart from that, the way Tisci designed the cut of each one was so individual and unique, but at the same time if you look at all of them in it's entirety they worked well as a coherent collection. Overall it was a fierce & intense showcase that I think will take guts to pull-off; though the reward of being able to do so is that you'll definitely evoke an air of mystery and glamour as a modern woman. Anyone willing to take the risk?

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CREDITS: Photos from Givenchy

Season's Round Up # 13: CHANEL FALL WINTER 2012 COUTURE COLLECTION

Ah Chanel.

For the maestro's FW2012 Couture Collection, we saw him bringing back Chanel to its core - tweed interplayed with modernity in a way that is simply exquisite and exemplary. This is how a designer should converge a brand's roots with today's aesthetic and I dare say some can learn much from what Lagerfeld has achieved with this collection [ehem ehem Mr. Simons].

Chanel Fall Winter 2012 Couture Collection
Chanel Fall Winter 2012 Couture Collection

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, the pieces you see above are the ones that stood out for me. Loved the strong showing of tweed jackets topped with oversized scarves tied into bows. Apart from that, the play of fabric and patchwork colors was a phenomenal way of bringing classic pieces into the 21st century. Oh! And lest we forget the use of couture wool beanie hats and lurex to add spunk - genius! I think a lot of the pieces from the show can be considered as a.Must Haves - I myself have my beady fasione eyes on those couture beanies. They're so fashion forward! Lagerfeld certainly has a knack for making such mundane simple everyday things into covetable fashion forward pieces - but then if you think about it, that is the backbone of Chanel. If only cold weather was omnipresent in Singapore, then I think you'd be seeing me in all Chanel towards end of this year ;)

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CREDITS: Photos & Video from Chanel

Season's Round Up # 12: DIOR FALL WINTER 2012 COUTURE COLLECTION

The Dior FW2012 Couture Collection has got to be the most anticipated show this season - mainly because it is Raf Simons' first showing as the brand's latest creative guru. All of fashion world is actually abuzz about his debut with the brand - described as a collection that pays homage to the roots of Dior, whilst incorporating modernity into it. Apart from that, Simons' trademark architectural take on fashion was stamped all over the pieces, ensuring though that it doesn't over power and stays the course of Dior's backbone of feminine elegance.

If you ask me though, I have a different view on it. I thought the collection was in it's entirety - safe. Don't get me wrong here, I think he did an excellent job debuting a collection in the amount of time he had and still staying true to the roots of Dior and his aesthetic as a designer. But that said, I honestly think he could've pushed the envelope a bit more. There's actually nothing much more to say from my end on this - suffice to say it was an underwhelming collection for me given all the hype & excitement. I guess I'm just not that into it unlike the rest of the fashion world.

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CREDITS: Video from Fatalefashionll

Season's Round Up # 11: VERSACE FALL WINTER 2012 COUTURE COLLECTION

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiCijDKKCVk] With the SS2013 Menswear Collection done and over with, we now welcome with open arms the Fall-Winter 2012 Couture season. With couture about the whimsy & extravagance that fashion beholds, designers are often than not bringing out the big guns when it comes to testing the limits of their creativity and craft. Its exactly for this reason that I find couture collections exhilarating - given the amount of creativity that you see off the runway, it's just intoxicating! This season, we are first served by the atelier of Versace. After a 7 year hiatus from the couture shows, focusing this part of the business on 1:1 and red carpet events, Versace's showing is an indication of strengthening their roots: full blown femme fatale.  It was a collection that marked their return - stronger & fiercer than ever!

Versace Fall Winter 2012 Haute Couture
Versace Fall Winter 2012 Haute Couture

From what I've seen off the runway, I loved the interplay of frilly, soft fabrics with sexy, stiff and hard leather pieces. It was the perfect synergy of female sass, empowerment and sex appeal in the flesh. She showcased signature looks - tight fitting corset & free flowing dresses - that are updated and modernized. Taking cue from the SS2013 Menswear collection, we saw yet again the recurring theme of gladiators and wrestlers through the wrestler belts that hugged the bodies of the models in trenches, and even gowns. Apart from that, gorgeous flirty gladiator sandals in a slew of bright pastel colors balanced otherwise frilly outfits.

Versace Fall Winter 2012 Haute Couture
Versace Fall Winter 2012 Haute Couture

Soft & hard; fluid & solid - opposing ideas brought to life in a collection that brought girl power to a whole new level. It was such a brilliant display of creative crunch from Donatella. Well thought of - from the fabrics & materials used, to the crafting of the pieces and even the colors - I think this collection of hers is uber sleek and modernly feminine, more importantly, wearable. I think I'll even go out on a limb and say this will be one of my absolute faves for the season.

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CREDITS: Photos from Versace; Video from Fatalefashionll