Neo-Classic Couture – For Chanel’s spring 2013 haute couture collection, creative director Karl Lagerfeld went for a neo-classical look featuring the houses’s signature tweeds with glittering sequin detailing. The press kit images, also photographed by Lagerfeld, star model Marte Mei Van Haaster in elongated silhouettes and embroidered patterns.
The New Look, The New Lady – Lensed right after Raf Simons’ debut showing of Dior Haute Couture, photographer Ward Ivan Rafik used the same venue with its million flower set to capture stunning Chinese actress Ni Ni in the designer’s exquisite gowns. Stylist Candy Lee dresses Ni Ni in spectacular selects for the September issue of Vogue China, with the actress’s flawless make-up and pulled back tresses adding just the right amount of polish to top off her impressive wardrobe.
Haute Fairytales – Photographer Michelle Du Xuan brings us this stunning editorial from the September issue of L’Officiel China, featuring models Pauline Van Der Cruysse (Elite Paris) and Zhu Lin (IMG Paris) in a kaleidoscopic time traveling fairytale. Styled by Hanae Uwajima, the girls don a marvelous wardrobe of couture pieces by Elie Saab, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Versace and Alexis Mabille amongst others. Hair stylist Shuko Sumida and make up artist Min K create otherworldly looks with hauntingly baroque hair and vivid colors in these artful images. / Light director: J.M chaser, Photographer assistant: Joffrey Montes, Assistant stylists: Haruka Suzuki, Saori Senda, Assistant hair stylist: Yuji Okuda, Manicure: Aurélie Chevalier
Chanel Lady – Jamie Bochert is pure elegance in the press kit images from Chanel’s fall 2012 haute couture collection. Captured by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, the brunette is striking in tweeds, crystal embellishments and classic silhouettes from the “New Vintage” collection. In case you missed it, view the haute couture show here.
Monsieur Couture – For his fall 2012 couture collection, designer Jean Paul Gaultier was inspired by the work of poet Alfred de Musset–”Confession of a Child of the Century”, which tells the 19th century story of a man in love with a woman who wears menswear clothing. This influence resulted in a collection of androgynous ensembles featuring top hats, tuxedo jackets, lush furs, art-deco inspired prints and sheer chiffons. A color palette of mostly black with the rare metallic, neutral or jewel toned hue set the stage for an ostentatious showing of pure glamour and elegance. The balance between the masculine and the feminine did not just stop with sharply tailored suits, but could be seen in the juxtaposition of leather vests with sheer tops. For the finale, the show’s “bride” skipped a traditional gown for an ivory jacket matched and matching voluminous skirt.
Valentino’s Dark Romance – Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are adding a touch of seduction to their dossier with the label’s fall 2012 couture showing. Of course the sheer, floor-length and long-sleeve gowns which have become almost a requisite for Valentino shows now are still accounted for, but there is some vamp appeal for autumn nonetheless. An example would be the opening look worn by model Frida Gustavvsson featuring a sheer crepe gown with sensual cutouts worn underneath. Also a change of direction can be seen in the array of jumpsuits, tailored pants and crystal embellished sweaters. Eighteenth century influences are spotted in the collection’s detailed brocades, billowing capes and delicate ruffles for the perfect balance between hard and soft elements.
Day to Night Couture – Armani Privé’s fall 2012 collection was inspired by day to night dressing for an outing of pure sophistication. Designer Giorgio Armani opened the show with his signature menswear inspired tailoring which then transformed into elegant, floor-length gowns in straight silhouettes. The daytime dressing borrowed soft hues of blue, lilac and mauve while night embraced inky black, midnight blue and metallic accents. Crystal embroidered veils covered models’ faces as they hit the catwalk in body conscious shapes that were drapey yet sensuous all at once. Armani saved the drama for last with a stunning array of black gowns in stone embroidered velvet or silks like starlight twinkling across the night sky.
Saab Splendor – Elie Saab’s fall 2012 haute couture collection once again delivered opulent, elegant gowns for an outing described as “imperial splendor”. Indeed, there is something quite regal about the autumn collection with crystal adorned silk organza and lace detailing for a truly sumptuous vision. The Lebanese designer also embraced a varied color palette of champagne, rose-pink, peacock, sky blue, antiqued gold and jade sometimes accented with abstract patterns. For the finale, Saab presented a bridal gown in silvery organza embossed with gold brocade leaves shimmering like a jewel in a crown.
Givenchy Gypsies – Inspired by gypsies of Southern Italy, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci presented a fall 2012 haute couture collection of intricate beading and detailing. Evoking the spirit of house founder Hubert de Givenchy, the autumn season focused on structured shapes in earthy tones of chestnut, ocre, terracotta and rosy red. Despite the influence of Hubert de Givenchy, Tisci kept the collection thoroughly modern with the incorporation of sandal boots, sci-fi style visors and sweeping capes.
New Vintage – Chanel’s fall 2012 haute couture was dubbed with the name, “New Vintage”, and designer Karl Lagerfeld kept true to the theme of old versus new with an outing of elegant gowns, tailored pants and camellia adorned dresses. A color palette of soft grey, pastel pink, taupe and ivory set the tone for the fall season with patchwork prints and crystal embroidered garments. Classic silhouettes were made modern with metallic sleeves and belts. A heavy focus on layering and jackets put the fall in couture for Chanel’s grand showing of over sixty looks.