Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Couture Autumn 2012 Review (best bits and a little rant)

I'll make one thing clear straight off the bat, I'm not going to discuss Dior.  I in no way agree with Galliano's actions over the past year, he's lost the plot, however he was a genius and made Dior one of the couture houses I used to study growing up, maybe not every Dior collection but always the couture shows.  His clothes were amazing.  The collection that went down the runway last week for Dior was not.  I found the whole collection from Bill Gaytten ...... Awful! Galliano understood women better then we understand ourselves sometimes, the fit, the decadence, the AMAZING dresses... Gaytten's collection would not attract any women I know!

I'll leave the negativity there and move swiftly on to the matter in hand....

Armani Prive didn't really entertain me either! The oriental inspired collection did feature some lovely romantic floral prints, fabulous Japanese infused tailoring, sharp silhouettes and stunning head pieces however I felt like I had seen the whole thing before and for me that just ain't couture.

Then there's Karl!  Chanel took inspiration from and gave tribute to Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and her 1920's elegance.  There were the famous tweed jackets but double breasted and slightly over sized, longer length skirts and some very edgy dresses with traditional Chanel accessories.  Classical elegance with a Karl Twist. Fabulous.

Givenchy was equally as exciting, Ricardo Tisci, my favourite at Paris Couture week for the past two seasons surpassed himself again.  Inspired by the bird of Paradise, (the mythical bird and the flower apparently) the collection was simply gorgeous and I hope to see alot more of it on the red carpet!  There were bright whites and natural shades, ethereal tulle, sequins and ostrich feathers... stunning.

Another one of my favourites Ellie Saab simply took my breath away.  Angelic gowns and beading that looked like it took 100 years to stitch!

Finally Jean Paul Gautiers 62 Piece strong collection had a very strong sexual undertone, just what we love Jean for! There was drama and glamour and some fabulous pieces.  I'm am afraid though that Jean Paul is the only designer left in Paris Couture that we can look to int he future for fun without ridiculouse, high drama and for want of a better word Pazaz! 

I will simply end by saying Paris Couture week missed Mr Galliano ... not matter how much he didn't deserve to be there.

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