Inspired Dior – Marking the first haute couture collection not designed by John Galliano in fifteen years, Dior unveiled its fall 2011 couture garments at the Musée Rodin today. The design team, led by Bill Gaytten and his assistant Susanna Venega, was inspired by former Dior designer Marc Bohan’s creations. Juxtaposing whimsical prints and vibrant hues, the collection hit a number of references from Dior archives to bohemian chic in the form of floor length dresses.
Closing Paris Haute Couture Week, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli present a showing of iridescent materials, ruffles and long and loose-fitting silhouettes. A couture dream featuring feminine frocks of lace and muted hues paired with oversize collars–the magic is in the details for Valentino’s spring couture outing.
A cross between punk rock and Parisian glamour, the spring 2011 couture showing from Jean Paul Gaultier was certainly not one lacking drama. Models donned faux-hawks, form-fitting silhouettes and sheer materials for a surprising mix of the masculine and feminine.
One thing that’s always consistent about Paris Haute Couture is Elie Saab’s romantic and fairytale-esque gowns, and the spring 2011 season happens to be no exception to the rule. With soft lavender, silver and yellow hues, the latest couture outing features an array of sequined and lace garments ranging from knee to floor-length–a story of harmonious elegance.
Givenchy’s spring 2011 couture showing gives way to another presentation this season with ten looks by designer Riccardo Tisci. Unique to the showing was a cast of all Asian models including Shu Pei, Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto, Hye Rim Park, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Jiang Xiao Yi, Ai Tominaga, So Young Kang and Du Juan. Perhaps the casting can be attributed the Eastern influence of the collection found in the delicate folds, structured shapes and warrior like headpieces inspired by Japanese artwork.
Chanel’s spring 2011 showing for Paris Haute Couture Week sent a bevy of snow queens down the runway with a muted color palette of silvery grays and pristine white hues. Airy silhouettes took the catwalk with traditional Chanel tweed jackets and bow motifs which culminated in a ethereal vision.
Armani Privé goes into a futuristic direction for Paris Haute Couture with long and sleek silhouettes, jewel tones and metallics. Accented by disk shaped hats and full coverage masks, Armani Privé brings bold sci-fi looks to couture week.
Dior started off Paris Haute Couture week today showing off retro silhouettes and bold makeup for a strong spring 2011 showing. Voluminous shapes were accessorized with cinched waists, airy hats and decadent masks. John Galliano gave a runway show of utmost opulence and glamour.
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