Paris Couture: Autumn/Winter 2009/10

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By Milton

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Givenchy (Above)

 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.

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Giorgio Armani Prive (Above)

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Chanel (Above)

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Christian Dior (Above)