haute couture

valentinocouture Valentino | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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.

gaultiercouture Jean Paul Gaultier | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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

eliesaabcouture Elie Saab | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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.

chanelcouture Chanel | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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.

armanicouture Armani Privé | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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.

givenchycouture Givenchy | Paris Haute Couture Fall 2010

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.

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