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)

 

Milan Menswear Spring 2010

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 By Milton

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Alexander McQueen

The first group of menswear ended yesterday in Milan. The shows included Alexander McQueen, D&G, Dsquared, Emporio Armani, Etro, John Varvatos, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Z Zegna, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, C.P. Company, Calvin Klein Collection, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gianfranco Ferré, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Missoni, Moschino, Neil Barrett, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi 1911, Undercover and Versace. Here are few a highlights from the Milan shows.  All the fashion excitement is moving to Paris tomorrow, where more designers will present their collections for the Spring 2010 for four days.

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Bottega Veneta (Above)

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D&G (Above)

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Dolce & Gabbana (Above)

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Gucci (Above)

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John Vervatos (Above)

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Prada (Above)

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Roberto Cavalli (Above)

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Salvatore Ferragamo (Above)

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Versace (Above)

Details from the Resort 2010 Collection

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By Milton

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Chanel (Above)

Many times, small details are the ones that give life and personality to a garment. Too often, we overlook these details and don’t realize how embellishments can make a piece look beautiful.

 To demonstrate this, I picked 7 looks from the Resort 2010 collection. They have different kind of embellishments and they all work perfectly. Notice how without the embellishments, they wouldn’t look the same or they would probably look dull. Most of them utilize sequins plus a different element such as beads, crystals or mirrors.  Others, like the look from Zac Posen, use beautiful buttons and ribbon. You can also make any piece you already own special, just find the right embellishments and have fun being creative with them. 

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Alexander Wang (Above)

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Diane Von Furstenberg (Above)

 

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Marc Jacobs (Above)

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Oscar De La Renta (Above)

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Zac Posen (Above)

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Marc by Marc Jacobs (Above)