Exclusive custom-fitted clothing made from high-quality expensive fabric, usually produced in Paris, Milan, London, New York and Tokyo…that is Haute Couture.
Alexis Mabille is not afraid of colors. From brightest red to palest blue, each outfit was monochrome and the models’ heads were embellished with gigantic tissue flowers. Their faces were painted the same shades as their flowers, symbolizing the sunlight coming through same color umbrella.
The theme of Armani Privé couture was metamorphosis, with particular emphasis on the snake. This couture was one of the best to date.
Bouchra Jarrar has never used prints on the runway before, so a silk floral wallpaper motif was the real news for this label. Snoods in fur and stripe knits accessorized many outfits.
The Chanel collection of shades of blue was the futurist extravaganza with a new fashion attitude. Models were walking with their hands tucked in pockets.
Christian Dior’s sheer layered garments were embroidered with flowers, creating very elegant and feminine look.
Elie Saab showed slim evening gowns in pastel shades. His dresses are uncomplicated and easy to digest. Let’s see which celebrity is going to walk down the red carpet in this one.
Giambattista Valli showed everything he’d ever learned in atelier on one catwalk.
Givenchy’s ten-piece Couture line up was divided into three rooms. This outfit was the standout in the black and white room. The white sequin lining was flashing when model was walking.
In Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture catwalk you could feel the presence of Amy Winehouse. Her personal style was in all of his outfits.
Maxime Simoens found inspiration in Gaspard Noé’s Tokyo-set piece Enter the Void creating a new take on contemporary Japan.
Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri found inspiration for Valentino’s new couture collection in the finest flowering of French thought and in the eighteenth century’s Age of Enlightenment. Sprigged flower prints covered many dresses.
Versace’s dresses made of plastic paillettes were tight and cut to accentuate the curves of a woman’s body. The curving gold metal insets brought up the shapes even more.
Photos: #1,#6,#7,#10 Alessandro Viero; #2,#3,#5,#9,#11,#12 Yannis Vlamos; #4 courtesy of Chanel; #8 courtesy of Givenchy for style.com