Julie just about summed it up in her favorite looks from the first two days of Haute Couture Week when she said, “The Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy.” As a fashion-loving lady, there are so many things in its spectrum that excite me, but nothing makes me salivate so much as couture. Today, the last day of the shows, is all about the couture jewelry (we’re talking Dior Joaillerie, Chanel Joiallerie, and Van Cleef & Arpels), so let’s have a look at yesterday’s headliners: Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, and Elie Saab.
We have now entered day two of the prestigious Paris Haute Couture Week, the spark that lights the fuse of fashion weeks to follow. Yesterday was Atelier Versace (for the first time since 2004!), Alexis Mabille, Christian Dior, and Giambattista Valli, among others. This morning, not one, but two Chanel shows took place, followed by Giorgio Armani Privé and Givenchy later in the day. Of course, it’s my long-standing dream to attend just one of these breathtaking ceremonies, but for the time being I’m forced to spectate from the sidelines. Couture Week brings out some of the biggest and brightest names in street style, and I’ll be damned if they weren’t dressed to the nines. The biggest turnout comes from models, actresses, superstars, and socialites, who no doubt have the means to show up the girls actually on the runway, but they tend to skew fairly casual for these festivities. Here are my choice looks from the past two days; expect another feature covering the next two!
Craig Lawrence Fashion Film from AnOther Magazine on Vimeo.
To simply view photos of Craig Lawrence’s knitwear collection isn’t enough to appreciate his unconventional designs. In fact, his Muppet-ish designs are downright laughable in photos. The best way to experience his fall/winter 2010 collection is through a video inspired by the abdication of crowns and which features model Anastasia Kuznetsova morphing — bending and twisting — from a sheer nude gown to a gold foil jacket. She’d probably look like a weather balloon in a still photo, but in the video Kuznetsova resembles an avant-garde tree at one point and a true rock star at another. Now that Lawrence has broken out on his own — after designing for another talented and far-out designer, Gareth Pugh — he’s definitely a couture force to be reckoned with. [Trend.Land] Keep reading »
Models at Chanel‘s haute couture show yesterday had their hair styled in heart-shaped bouffants. Just in time to inspire our Valentine’s Day ‘dos! [Paris, 1/27/2010] Keep reading »
If you’re like us, you’re no closer to owning a piece of haute couture than you are, say, walking on the moon. But while hand-sewn $50,000 jackets may be a bit out of grasp, certain couture details are actually well within range. One of our favorites is the hair ribbon hair style we spied at French couturier Alexis Mabille’s recent Paris show. Rather than going same-old with a standard bow, Mabille tied long, almost ankle-length ribbons into the models’ hair and let them hang free. (You can sort of see it here, the end peaking out from behind her calf).
Given that getting around town could be, well, a tad hazardous with five feet of ribbon trailing behind you, we’ve modified the look a bit and made it incredibly easy to do. We break it down, after the jump. Keep reading »
At today’s Christian Lacroix Haute Couture show in Paris, models wore polka dots, lots of tulle, and braided buns. In an interesting twist, their hair coordinated with their outfits. Now, my older sister painted her nails every single night for a year so they would coordinate with the next day’s outfit, and that was a lot of work. The hair coordinating would be at least 10 times more difficult, unless you wore the same color every day, of course. Keep reading »