Back to the Runway – Atelier Versace makes its first appearance on the runway since 2004 with the fashion house’s spring 2012 couture show. This season, the Atelier line has all the trappings of a classic Versace collection–body hugging silhouettes, metallic accents, bustier cuts and jewel tones which all scream sultry elegance. Spring also showcases a variety of lacework with sheer cutouts for a romantic touch. Beauty for the show included a high ponytail paired with a seductive smokey eye.
Dior Couture – Patrick Demarchelier captures a retrospective of Dior Haute Couture ranging from 1947 to present day in a photo book that was released late last year. Below we have a preview of some of the most striking images from the 240 page, “Dior Couture”, which features models Sasha Pivovarova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Jac Jagaciak, Maryna Linchuk and others. Demarchelier describes the designs best by saying, “When you’re a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream, with Dior Haute Couture, the dream is already there.”
Atelier Versace Collection – After catching glimpses in editorials and red carpet events, we finally have a look at the complete Atelier Versace fall 2011 lookbook. Modeled by Kasia Struss, the collection features a delightful mix of eastern and baroque influences with water color hues and landscape prints. Combining crystals, leather, satin and sequins, the Atelier range is lavish yet elegant for the fall season.
Gaultier’s Rules – Whether it is for couture or ready to wear, Jean Paul Gaultier manages to put on a show with a polished flamboyancy like no one else. For the fall 2011 season, Gaultier created garments which juxtaposed sophistication and whimsy with lightweight feathers, rebellious leather and fur accents. Referencing previous collections as well as producing some new tricks, the French designer offered his own brand of couture with the grandiose showing.
The Saab Vision – Elie Saab’s couture collections always take feminine elegance to new heights and the fall 2011 showing was no exception. Sticking to delicate tones of ivory, bronze and gray, Saab’s gowns were adorned with Swarovski crystals and sequins which truly made the dramatic silhouettes and plunging necklines sparkle. Adding lace-works to the runway in the form of flirty skirts and dresses; the collection contained wearable options to offset the sumptuous glamour.
Valentino’s Airy Couture – Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli deliver a lightweight and ethereal collection fit for a princess with the label’s fall 2011 haute couture line. Showcasing romantic ivory and silvery hues, the Valentino woman dons delicate lace and watercolor accents in the form of painted tulle, dévoré chiffon and metallic details. Topped off with a jewel encrusted wreaths, the collection is understated luxury at its best.
Couture at Night – The fall 2011 collection from Chanel featured an homage to the fashion house’s classic staples such as the tweed jacket and impressive tailoring. In true autumn spirit, the color palette stuck mostly to muted gray, black and white paired with knee length boots to top off the Parisian look. Ending the show with crystal adorned skirts and gowns, the showing was darkly romantic with sleek silhouettes and a starry nighttime setting.
Birds of Paradise – Riccardo Tisci delivers heavenly creations for Givenchy’s fall 2011 haute couture collection. Modeled by Mariacarla Boscono, Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, Caroline Trentini, Izabel Goulart, Zuzanna Bijoch, Iselin Steiro, Saskia de Brauw and Kasia Struss; the ivory gowns of romantic chantilly lace, airy feathers and gauzy silk tulle show structured yet delicate workmanship.
Eastern Travels – The fall haute couture collection from Armani took a cue from Japanese culture with a sleek take on kimonos. Using pastel accents in the form of floral motifs and feminine bows, the Armani Privé look was perfected by hats designed by reknowned milliner, Philip Treacy. Overall, the long and form-fitting silhouettes made for a sophisticated and regal effect.
Couture Complexities – Worn by models with obscured faces, the fall 2011 couture collection from Maison Martin Margiela features a transformation of vintage silhouettes with hand-made tailoring and unusual materials. Spontaneous jackets and blazers made from camel hair, PVC, duck tape and cashmere are paired with transparent bottoms for a futuristic autumn.