During Paris Haute Couture Week we could still pause to dream of extreme luxury in a world increasingly attuned to fast fashion. During the shows, most designers provided a lot of fuel for our dream red carpet dresses. Here, we have chosen are 10 favorites straight from the catwalk and we present you a short recap from each collection! So…let’s dream together!
For his Fall 2013 Couture collection, Valli sent out an array of beautifully constructed dresses adorned with a variety of floral appliqués. Valli took his cues from the decorations of fine china and porcelain. Italian Capodimonte works came to life in a selection of white dresses, while Wedgwood’s famous patterns inspired a number of blue and white looks and the multicolored embroidery reflected the look of Meissen crafts. The dresses of the show were seriously beautiful.
Stéphane Rolland got inspiration from the strictness of 17th-century Spanish royal lace collars with the futuristic lusciousness of his volumes, producing a lineup of red carpet tuxedo dresses. Jumbo lapels and sculptural sleeve inserts made from piles of satin, glossy vinyl on clean-cut navy, black and white silhouettes. The performance of a flamenco dancer during the show underscored the collection’s Spanish flair.
Models with petal-adorned hair stormed the Alexis Mabille couture runway showing those sporting capes, voluminous sleeves, and textured items of all sizes.We selected this light blue dress with the embroidered flowery cape reminiscent of the Renaissance era with a touch of minimalism all very well balanced!
Elie Saab always goes for drama, glamour, and sparkle. His collection included heavy dosages of all three, with an array of full-length gowns in emerald green, navy blue, a deep red, silver, and cream. The designer who have been praised for his gossamer gowns that look and feel lighter than air, presented weightier fabrics with intricate decorations. Still, these gowns are undeniably gorgeous and completely covetable.
Peek-a-boo gowns were made for major red carpet moments while suits and sliced-apart dresses had crystal-studded hook-and-eye details that recall this year’s punk theme as well as one of the house’s traditional tropes. While critics of couture can complain that it’s dusty and stuck in the past, Donatella took a definitive stand for slick modernity and this time it was a grande success!
The upcoming Russian designer played with volume and proportion clearly! DRamatic gowns in heavy velvet fabrics and uncut satin drop offs. We loved the delicate headpieces, intricate laser-cuts and covered buttons that added elegant Victorian accents to the collection.
Yiqing Yin’s haute couture collection portrays incredible lightness and dream-like visions. Models were wrapped in thin organza and lightweight gauze. Voluminous pieces in damask fabric combined with bold prints bring structural elements to the collection. She might be the next designer to keep an eye on, as the level of craftsmanship incorporated with wearable design is a winning combination.
A year after his July 2012 debut, Raf Simons was treading on much more familiar territory for this season’s Dior Couture collection. The asymmetric shapes, dramatic stripes, iridescent fabrics and feminine silhouettes all made their returns to the catwalk. Our favorite tufted evening gowns and dramatic cocktail dresses, they felt as at home at Dior as Raf has found himself to be.
Zuhair Murad turned his inspiration to the woods this season and entitled his collection “Enchanted Forest”. The blue beading of a long-sleeved cocktail dress perfectly shows the moss that collects on tree trunks,but while the inspiration might have been a bit rustic, these dresses were sophisticated and undeniably glamorous.
The collection Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli presented for Valentino was romantic and mysterious, featuring embroidery and lace. Daywear combined masculine fabrics and feminine details. With pieces that required upwards of 800 hours of handwork, the references ranged from coral branches to early Renaissance Madonnas.
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