Like every season for Fashion Couture, Fall 2011 was out of this world. Each and every piece from the designer collections seemed to be inspired from a different world or period in time and culture. Armani Prive channeled his collection from the roots of Japan, while Channel captured a look that belonged to another planet using feathers, beads, oversized pants, dark colors with hints of sparkle matching the beautiful stars at night. Christian Dior’s collection was colorful and theatrical under the new creative directer Bill Gaytten he managed to make the collection feel a chic night in Paris. Giambattista Valli’s collection was filled with bright colors, classic whites and beautiful animal prints channeling the late 60’s and lastly Valentino collection was filled with peices that had a magical feel with such impecable detail, it reminded me of Jane Austen’s era. View all the collections on style.com
With Paris Haute Couture Fashion week at an end, here are just some of the fabulous designer couture pieces from Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani Prive and a huge favorite Elie Saab. These designers each had their own theme taking the viewers into another world with their summer couture catwalk.
Other designers at the Paris Haute Couture shows included, Anne Valerie Hash, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino.
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Giorgio Armani Prive
Here are some highlights from the first round of the Paris Couture shows for Autumn/Winter 2009/10. Haute Couture is French for “High Sewing” or “High Dressmaking”. Couture collections are defined by the quality of materials used, custom tailoring, and intricate by hand needle work. A single piece in the collection can take a designer any where from 100 to 1000 hours to create, it’s all in the details. All though today fashion houses generate profit from their ready to wear collections, couture collections allow the designer to exhibit excellent artistry, setting the tone for ready to wear fashion while earning recognition for the design house.
A common theme through out the first round of shows was streamline tailoring and over the top embellishments. Chanel’s collection was full of bejeweled and feather trims, Giorgio Armani Privé was also full of beautiful bead work and perfect tailoring with pantsuits and red carpet dresses. Riccardo Tisci also stuck with the strict principals of tailoring in his collection for Givenchy, mixed with exotic Moroccan inspired shapes, and more modern looks using studs, spikes and chains. Although it appears that this may be Christian Lacroix’s last couture show, the designer did not miss a step with his Autumn/Winter collection. The collection was flawless with a perfect mix of draping and fitted tailoring and the Byzantine inspired embroidery details were icing on the cake.
Giorgio Armani Prive (Above)
Christian Dior (Above)