Some may say couture is a thing of the past with no place in today's fast moving and versatile fashion. Yet this seasons spring/summer 2015 Haute Couture shows proved how breathtakingly beautiful this old custom truly is.
Haute Couture, generally translating to 'high fashion' in English, shows the skills and craftsmanship of seamstresses and tailors as they show off their most exquisite creations on the catwalk. The week started with Atelier Versace and a show pumped full of Italian glamour and daringly sexy cut-out dresses in electric blue and bright red. And with Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn sitting front row, this was a collection fit for the stars. Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli followed with jaw dropping collections full of sweeping dresses and puff ball skirts. Raf Simmons at Dior focused on the 1950's silhouette and the famous 'New Look' created in 1947, with cinched in waists and calf skimming dresses showing off the ankle. While Giambattista Valli stayed true to the perception of couture, complete with floral decorations, feathered coats in pastel green and pink as well as dramatic headpieces which covered the eyes. Chanel also opted for embellished beanie hats and netting masks for their show on Tuesday in what proved to be stunning show.
Kendall Jenner made another catwalk appearance for Karl Lagerfeld who opted for a spring garden as his opulent couture setting. There were even male models hired just to pretend to water the huge flowers dotted around the centre of the runway!
British brand Ralph and Russo gave us one of the most beautiful shows of couture week. There were dresses dripping in precious jewels, appliquéd skirts with an astonishing amount of detail and pretty neutral colours which only reminded us of the spring to come. Elie Saab was another great highlight of the week, and as always presented the fashion pack with a collection of stunning ball gowns fit for the red carpet. With sweeping trains and a fantastic wedding dress to close the show, Elie Saab delivered everything couture should be; classy and elegant. At Jean Paul Gaultier, who last year announced that he would no longer be showing ready-to-wear womenswear, Naomi Campbell closed the show in a tiny leotard. The collection was fun and humorous, adding a lighter touch to proceedings but there was lots of equally impressive pieces including a beautifully tailored dress half made out of a mans' tuxedo and the other half a pretty ballerina skirt.
Armani Prive was another collection which captured imaginations. With an exotic, Japanese theme running throughout, tailored dinner jackets were paired with silk cigarette trousers, perfect for the jet set lifestyle Giorgio Armani loves. Valentino too was pure and angelic, with high necklines and romantic empire dresses covered in Aztec style prints. There was a 'folky' look to the show, especially the billowing silk shirts underneath cute a-line dresses. Overall, this couture week brought high fashion to life in only the most spectacular way – with lots of jewels, sequins and glamour!
Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last