As with last season, the fall collection from Valentino’s Haute Couture line takes some risks with its exaggerated proportions and structural complexities. Yet whatever risks the collection may take, they are offset by a cool color palette of cream, black and a hint of that signature Valentino red. When looking at the garments, one can imagine that the range was made for a young and feminine woman with the understated hair and makeup that made the show’s “wow moments” that much more powerful.
Jean Paul Gaultier explored classic Parisian fashion with his fall Haute Couture collection by showcasing high turbans, dramatic 1940s silhouettes and even Eiffel Tower decorated stockings. Models (and burlesque performer Dita von Teese) glided down the runway in dark ensembles that beckoned to the days of screen sirens with a modern twist of over-exaggerated shapes, leather and metallics
In an array of fall colors ranging from deep crimson to metallic gray, the latest haute couture collection from Elie Saab gives us a glimpse into a world of fairy tale beauty with its impeccable craftsmanship. Like many of the shows this season, the label goes into jackets and long sleeves to complement their signature gowns.
Chanel went medieval for its fall haute couture collection as models took to the runway in oversize silhouettes, jewel tones and highly adorned garments. With the order going up the social ladder from peasant chic to medieval princess, the collection certainly had its fair share of wow moments. The brand’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, said the reoccurring theme of the lion was inspired by the house’s late founder, who was born in August under the sign of Leo.
A subdued color palette of ambers and greys made way for the impeccably tailored haute couture collection from Armani Privé. The side swept hairdo which models donned as they strolled down the runway, topped off a look of complete and utter sophistication. For the final part of the show, bejeweled dresses in rich tones of gold and amber brought some glitz and glamour to the stage.
Givenchy’s fall haute couture collection garnered a more intimate gathering this season with a special presentation consisting of ten looks with ten models. Riccardo Tisci, the label’s creative director, said of the change, “I want to make couture even more special than it is, and not just another catwalk show.” Gone are the black ensembles and dramatic makeup which are replaced with neutral shades and ornate details of lace and fringe. Topping off the look are sleek silhouettes and tailored jackets.
Kicking off fall 2010′s Haute Couture Week, the Christian Dior show featured models gliding down the runway in full skirts, cinched waists and plastic covered heads. As always, John Galliano brought a sense of whimsy to the stage with bright colors and dramatic hair that tested gravity itself.