Monday, 14 July 2014

Crazy for Couture

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Ornate, beautiful and ridiculously expensive - it could only be Haute Couture!

With the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior, Elie Saab and Jean Paul Gaultier offering us their latest fairytale creations, this couture week was full of wonderful garments and surprising moments.

As always, Karl Lagerfeld let his imagination run wild at Chanel, with strong references to Victoriana and characters from classic English novels. With particular attention paid to the intricate designs, white tweed suits, gladiator sandals and high neckline dresses took centre stage to tremendous effect. At Dior too, womens-wear designer Raf Simmons took his inspiration from the past, with hints of the classic 'new look' made famous by Christian Dior during the late 1940's. However, this look was updated with a minimalist chic as models paraded down the runway in masculine silhouettes and printed floral skirts.

Atelier Versace as always went for high impact glamour, with slashed necklines and daring side splits giving the scrutinising front row, which included Jennifer Lopez, a rare inside into the famous Italian fashion house. Jean Paul Gaultier also courted controversy by closing his show with Eurovision star Conchita. Apart from the fabulous finale, the Gaultier collection was dramatic and exciting, with many wearable pieces for wealthy Parisian women to add to their ever expanding clothes collection.

However it was Valentino, Ulyana Sergeenko and Elie Saab who provided us with stunning fairytale moments. Chiffon and silk floated effortlessly down the runway at Elie Saab, with gowns covered in crystals and sequins from head to toe. Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paulo Piccoli paid homage to the Ancient Greeks with a-symmetric gowns and simple column dresses which looked absolutely divine. As for Sergeenko, who is the only Russian designer to currently show haute couture at Paris, her collection consisted of exquisite pieces that could have belonged to Golden Hollywood movie stars like Rita Hayworth, as tailored tea dresses and full length ball gowns flitted and flowed with the movement of the wearer. Tres Bien!

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