Paris Couture Week just wrapped up, and once again the collections were awe-inspiring. Elie Saab showed an array of gorgeous gowns perfect for red carpets. John Galliano showed us how seductive a ladylike woman can be, while Jean Paul Gaultier explored the sassier side of femininity. Karl Lagerfeld went all out in a collection that seemed to walk out of a fairytale. Couture lets our favorite designers' imaginations run wild; the result being collections that are wonderfully bizarre or magnificently gorgeous, or both. For fashion lovers, couture is like candy. Here are our very delicious highlights from Spring 2011's couture collections, so click and enjoy.
While Dior's Fall 2010 couture collection was a floral vision, Armani Privé's got straight down to business. Luxe business, that is. Flowy suits, cropped trousers, artsy jackets, metallic blazers, and tweeds are tamed by neutral hues. It's a collection that will make any working gal a fashion hit. Enter for 10 ways to look chic at work, inspired by Armani Privé's latest line.
At Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2010 show, the looks were anything but bridal. Instead, the collection featured sexy evening dresses and separates in bold Autumn colors, military details, and a splash of uptown tweed. Lhuillier also sent some memorable couture gowns down the runway that were definitely red carpet ready.
Couture Week is upon us — can you feel the excitement?! Here's a fun thought: Let's make believe we're all invited to sit front row, smack dab in the middle of all the fashion madness. What will we wear? Construct an outfit that will not only knock my socks off, but also wow your fellow front-rowers.
I'll start you off with these Alexander McQueen Star Platforms ($799) because couture requires sexy, whimsy, theatrics.
Let's go Fab Finding. Be sure to come back and tell me your Fab Finds are up, or just tag your Fab Finds with Couture Week. Now, you can build outfits by creating your very own widget of clothing items. We have everything you need to build outfits, and you can use your Fab Find bookmarks, too. This is an even better way to put together an entire outfit when completing your Fab Finding missions. Learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one. And here's a detailed explanation of bookmarks from GeekSugar.
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Here's something special to keep the Couture fantasy alive. We always get excited to see the latest high-end offerings from houses like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacroix, Armani Prive, Valentino, Christian Dior, and more. But we also consider ourselves to have the discerning eye that can distinguish the fine art of couture from everyday, though no less fabulous, ready-to-wear. Can you tell the difference? Do you have the eye of the tiger? Play our style skill game and prove it to me.
With Paris Couture Week over and out, we've got a special something to keep the fantasy alive. We always get excited to see the latest creative offerings from houses like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacroix, Armani Prive, Valentino, Christian Dior, and more. But we also consider ourselves to have the discerning eye that can distinguish the fine art of couture from everyday, though no less fabulous, ready-to-wear. Can you tell the difference? Do you have the eye of the tiger? Play our style skill game and prove it to me.
Why newbie Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli chose to do a colorless, i.e., black and sometimes nude, couture collection is questionable, alas, the creations are highly wearable, flirtatious, and super femme. With a rich mix of volume and transparency, the house still caters to the red-carpet set, but this collection might also appeal to the daughters of longtime clients. A couple details were unnecessary — the wings were silly and the ruffled shoes were distracting — whereas trompe l'oeil black lace and mystical headpieces were lovely. Not bad, but I miss Valentino red . . .
Judging from Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall couture creations, he didn't have a shortage of inspiration. The powerful warrior princess, the chic '20s flapper, the old-Hollywood actress, and the feisty futuristic goddess all had a place on the catwalk . . . and in JPG's eyes, they all prevail. Exquisite gowns set a glamorous tone: some with floor-length capes attached to them, some robe-like, and some chiffon with armor-like bodices. Fur played a big part — fur collars, coats, chubbies, and skirts made appearances. And what's luxury without beading? It showed up in the most unique ways, my favorite being the fine gold beaded overalls Kim Noorda rocked. Color didn't play a big part, but there were random bouts of rich purple, yellow, pink, and brown.
Dark Lord Givenchy delivered one of the most entrancing Couture collections yet. Ricardo Tisci dipped his goth glam hand into the Indian Ocean and came up swimming in gold headdresses, harem pants, sheer layers, jewel-encrusted accents, and serious mystique. Tisci strayed from his ivory/black palette and brought in straight jacket ombre red, and lime green and hot pink embellishments — a nod to Bollywood. Numerous black and gold getups stun, while a spiked and slitted black turtleneck gown emits pure dramarama.