Last week in Paris, the Fall 2011 Couture shows brought out the latest of fashion’s most extravagant runway show category
I love couture! In fact haute couture is what began my fascination with fashion over a decade ago, perusing all the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and W – beautiful artistic renditions of various inspirations translated onto a wearable canvas. Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier- just a few of the many names which grasped my initial addiction to my favourite form of art.
I love the creativity and the whimsical wit that goes into creating couture, into making a gown so exaggeratedly out of proportion yet so beautifully fitting on a woman’s body. The infinite types of materials, textures, and colours which can be arranged into something worthy of Anna Wintour’s praise! And of course, something that would make the general public of the world cringe and wonder how something “so ugly,” can have a $30,000 price tag.
However, a part of my love for couture is that regal feeling a gorgeous gown can bring. A princess dress. One day. One day when I’m making enough and successful enough, I cannot wait to go to Oscar de la Renta and get fitted for my first couture gown (on that note my mother’s first mega designer dress was an Oscar as well)
Anyways, I’ve gone on far too much of a tangent…back to Fall 2011 Couture…
Prevailing trends of the season? Lots of sheer delicate whites and cremes as seen at Elie Saab and Givenchy; an abundance of ostrich feathers, pops of coral and a more jungle take on leopard print evident in Alexis Mabille and Giambattista Valli.
Case in point:
My favourite collection by no surprise was as usual, the ever so classy, Elie Saab:
Chanel, I’m sad to say was not a great hit in my book- however I did find myself attracted to this particular look from the Kaiser’s collection:
Dior on the other hand- complete disaster so we won’t even go there–
besides the cheetah-licious look at the beginning of this post, Giambattista Valli was the other collection besides Elie Saab which caught my favour most:
Lots of drama! I’m loving the coral and the feathers and the overall pizzazz of the collection!
All photos from Style.com
Who’s your favourite couturier?
If you can have one of the dresses from above, which would you choose?