The Powerful 5 That Blew My Couture Socks Off
Ever since I started blogging I loved looking up the latest news and highlights from the years’ fashion seasons. One of my favourites being Couture week. It has been so long since I’ve done a post like this, that I thought ‘why not.’ Couture for me is all in the details. It’s all about the craftsmanship. I never find my myself drawn to the collection that is bizarre and whacky but more elegant and classic. One that highlights the hands that have worked crazy hours to create a stunning masterpiece. Also one of the main reasons why I fell in love with fashion in the first place.
Not only is the week filled with beautiful gowns, highly crafted tailored suits and finest jewellery that can make the even the wealthiest person cry. But it is all set to the beautiful backdrop of Paris. My favourite place in the world, so it is no lie that Paris Fashion Week is also my fav, whoops!
Therefore I have picked out 5 of my favourite designers to explore their collection and show you pieces of detail that make them masterpieces.
We all know that Elie creates the most stunning gowns. They are everywhere on the red carpet and always make an impact, like this one. But during Couture week they are just amplified to the max. And to top it all of they are all made by hand. As always the collection shows off Elie’s signature style and elegance along with a fairytale, whimsical glamour. What I love about this collection is the contrast of pastel tone colours and lightweight fabrics with bold structured tailoring.
One thing I loved about Givenchy’s collection was the contrast of lace and shiny leather (put it this way its not PVC, its couture). The collection is very structural also. The lace, which is known for being quite a lightweight and difficult fabric, has been manipulated into structured, tailored garments. One of the photos shows the white lace used for a fitted jacket. You can clearly see the seam work throughout the jacket, and it looks like there is boning within these seams to create the shaping in the silhouette. There are further examples of structuring in the collection with origami style layering and pleating.
But in the complete opposite end there are still some beautiful gowns, showing some fantastic couture techniques. The dress below for example has a white panel breaking up the stripes. This panel, once you look closely, has lines of stitching with pearl beads through it. The fabric itself looks manipulated in some as it has wavy pleated look. But most obvious of all is the ultra chic feathers weaved into the stitching as well.
Giambattista Valli’s collection featured a lot of familiar couture techniques and references which was quite refreshing, as this year there was a lot of abstract collections on the catwalk. What drew me most to this collection was the embellishing. Very detailed bead/sequin and embroidery was evident throughout most of the looks in this collection. On the shorter dresses and separates you can see some of the most detailed of the work. Giambattista Valli also chose to use feathers within their collection. One dress is particular shown below takes the couture technique to the extreme, with layers upon layers of hand-sewn of feathers. You can just picture them bouncing as this model walked.
One of the almighty brands of fashion week. And usually, along with Chanel, is one of highlights in the fashion calendar. And this is no presentation it is a SHOWcase! I actually gathered a lot of pictures from this show as there was a lot of varied looks within this collection. Some parts of the collection looked liked it had come straight from their ready to wear collection. The collection was heavily influenced by the circus with silhouettes inspired by clowns and performer costumes. Some of garments had some signature Dior, like heavily beaded and crystallised fabric, and very tailored suits, and big skirts (my favourite). If you look at some of the garments below the incredible embroidery tells stories of the circus, like the animals and the performers.
Well if you thought Dior created a show, then think again. Chanel on the other hand, created a theatre show inside the Grand Palais, this time taking the shape of the “Villa Chanel.” The collection started of with muted grey tone garment before moving into an array of pastel tone and sea of tutti fruitti floral embroidery. This is the style of Chanel couture that I just love. Tambour embroidery techniques allow for this detailed cluster of fabric and feather flowers with hints of sequins to create a Spring garden effect. The Chanel collection always shows off the talent of their atelier, which adds an extra layer of magic.
You can also watch the behind the scenes making of the collection below. This is always a highlight to the Chanel show for me.
Couture Street Style
Another great aspect during any fashion week is seeing the fashion from the street. It is no secret that the front rows of top designer catwalks are filled with as many bloggers and influencers as there is a-listers. So I just wanted to also share a few of my favourite blogger looks from the week.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I loved playing around with photos to give something a bit different to the blog post. Its soon time for the fashion season to get into full swing in the next couple of weeks. I am looking forward to bring you some more correspondence on my favourite designers and hope you look forward to seeing whats to come.
Until next time!!