All posts tagged "Haute Couture Spring"
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2014
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Zuhair Murad
Spring is in bloom! It was a veritable garden on Zuhair Murad's runway to close out couture this season in Paris. There were gowns in all manner of pastels from lavender, peach, and mint to pale pink and canary yellow that were intricately adorned with camellias, roses, sweetbriar, peonies, gentian, and laurel. Nearly every look came cinched at the waist with a gold metal belt of leaves. From short knee-length cocktail dresses and full dramatic ball gowns to sleek skinny legged pants paired with sexy lace deep-v tops there were plenty of straight forward glam looks for women looking to...
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Valentino
Valentino: The setting for Valentinoâ€™s Spring Couture show may have been in Parisâ€™ HÃ´tel de Salomon Rothschild, but the interior transported show-goers into a steamy jungle, via Rome. The set was created by Maurizio Varamo, who details the scenery for the Teatro dellâ€™Opera di Roma, setting the stage for the flurry of opera-inspired looks crafted by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren were on point this couture season. The design duo presented their Viktor & Rolf collection on the toned bodies of the ballerinas of the Dutch National Ballet. With frizzy hair that fell over their white painted faces, the girls perched en pointe in their ballet shoes donning mostly nude numbers. The result: mods that looked like spooky dolls not unlike something out of a Japanese horror film...and that's a good thing.The flesh-toned ensembles looked like pieces that real-life ballerinas might don. In some cases, it was hard to tell where the...
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Elie Saab
Elie Saab: A pristine march of pastels ruled Saab's Couture runway, rife with soft shades of lavender, pale blue, and rosy pinks. Tastefully executed embellishments and embroidery (often of the floral variety) and a tempered dose of sparkle reiterated why Saab is a tapis rouge go-to. The decidedly feminine silhouettes included high-necked, long-sleeved numbers, tinged with demure sex appeal thanks to the sheer factor, and empire waists that lent an easy wearability to the fanciful frocks. Did it all feel a bit dreamy, painterly, and rather Roman goddess-esque? No wonder, considering Saab culled inspiration from Dutch artist Sir Lawrence...
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Maison Martin Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela: The fashion set prefers to inhabit digs that are artfully decorated; a colorful backdrop to their lives if you will. With Maison Martin Margielaâ€™s latest Couture showing, home-apropos textiles have found their way onto the runway. Models shrouded with face masks (this yearâ€™s version is a sheer black with applique eyes) served as mannequins for the richly textured fabrics. Raw hems and unfinished fabrics hinted at a wealth of history. The likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Raoul Dufy, and Paul Gauguinâ€™s work got translated into oversized coats and pant suits.
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Armani PrivÃ©
Armani PrivÃ©: The iconic Italian designer might be fÃªting his 80th birthday this year, but Giorgio Armani still has his finger on the pulse. His audience tippled on flutes of bubbly prior to his Spring 2014 showing, which concluded with the Paris installation of his One Night Only world tour, celebratory motions and all. Quite the late-night feat, considering Armani's show was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. But perhaps all that nocturnal activity offered a touch of inspiration for the designer, as his looks encompassed a night sky palette: midnight navy, dusky blue, wisps of grey, and the...
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Vionnet
Vionnet: Making his debut chez Vionnet, Hussein Chalayan presented his first demi-couture line for the brand, which is now owned by Goga Ashkenazi. Ever the technical master, Chalayan's designs have often merged technology, science, and architecture. So it comes as no surprise that his futuristic touch was quite a move forward from Madeleine Vionnet's historical designs. The show opened with several soft, simple bias-cut organza dresses, then onto a couple of looks that in periwinkle and turquoise that were scalloped in the front, and meant to imitate a melting staircase. Chalayan's influences for the collection included everything from furniture...
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Bouchra Jarrar
Bouchra Jarrar: Having just received the official haute couture appellation only a month ago, Bouchra Jarrar proved that she's more than worthy of the honor with this season's standout collection. Jarrar is known for her expert tailoring, not for a parade of ornate evening wear, and thus, there were only three gowns in the collection. Each ultra-minimalist satin gown was devoid of the embellishments, draping, and nipped-waist peplums seen on the other couture catwalks.
Haute Couture Spring 2014: Ulyana Sergeenko
Ulyana Sergeenko: Up for an exotic Couture jaunt? Ulyana Sergeenko took her audience on the Orient Express, complete with train sounds and a set to match. But in the Russian designerâ€™s fourth go at the Couture circuit, she also took viewers to the Silk Road, materially speaking. The first silk look was in the form of a soft plum jacket and skirt, anchored by a white shirt, which was followed by the sumptuous material turned out in every jewel tone imaginable, accented with paler hues.