Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Paris Haute Couture Week #1: Versace, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli | Autumn/Winter 2014-15

Hello everyone and happy Haute Couture Week!

For those of you who have only started reading in recent months and therefore missed the Fashion Week craziness of February, I just wanted to write a quick introduction to my show report posts. When each fashion week comes around, I go through every show to decide which collections I love enough to write about on my blog. I then include pictures of my favourite looks of each collection and tell you my thoughts; if you want to see images of every look in each collection you can find them all on the British Vogue website - the images shown here are just my personal favourites! With that in mind I hope you all enjoy my rundown of the first few days of couture.

From sleek midnight blue ensembles to full Zac Posen style skirts towards the end of the collection, Versace's couture show was far more wearable than previous ones. Perhaps to be read as an ode to Jennifer Lopez (who sat front row, natch), the models wore immaculate slicked back ponytails and endless leg bearing dresses. Though Donatella is more commonly known for her overt sexual aesthetic throughout her collections, this season's couture was a little less revealing; plunging necklines were replaced with embellished decolletage covering blouses, whilst thigh high splits were mixed in amongst more conservative trouser dresses. Despite the minor changes, Versace's couture was everything that the brand have come to be known and adored for; sensual, dark and absolutely endorsing of the empowered sexual woman.

Raf Simons has undoubtedly taken inspiration from centuries gone by this season. Having gone full on Marie Antoinette in their skirts, the embroidered fabric on the second look resembled that worn by European royalty. The collection modernised the past with metallic waist belts, oversized masculine coats and - in case you hadn't spotted them - bright orange shoes. However despite the overt references to decadent 18th Century luxury, the collection took a rather unexpected turn into more wearable territory by the finale. The prettiest white two-pieces and embroidered skirts that one might find in (dare I say it) Zara, the latest Dior couture collection is definitely one to take note of for evening dressing inspiration.

Let us address the first thing I noticed in Valli's couture collection; the headwear. Could it be that mega fashion photographer Mario Testino has inspired the Italian designer with his insta-famous #towelseries? Testino inspires me with every photo he takes so I definitely don't see why not (see proof here). Moving onto the clothes; my first impression whilst skimming through the images upon their release this morning was the slight Chanel vibe I got from a few of the looks. I'm referring of course to the Chanel's A/W Ready-To-Wear gowns that found even more fame on the frame of Brit beauty Keira Knightley back in March. The third image in particular struck up this resemblance, and the general focus on the waist this season is a definite continuation of their bow skirts (see the third to last look here) and waist-cinching looks of last season's couture collection. The rest of the collection saw the usual staples of Valli clothing; beautiful floral embellishment, chicer-than-Grace-Kelly full skirts and light, billowing fabrics straight out of a fairy tale. My personal favourites are the slightly Valentino-esque green dress and the ever-so-Valli purple gown, both on the third row. Note finally the nod to one of the biggest trends set in February's A/W Fashion Week; the layering of different fabrics all of a similar colour palette, such as the grey ensemble in row three.

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What has been your favourite show from Haute Couture Week so far? Stay tuned for the likes of Chanel, Ulyana Sergeenko and Giorgio Armani Prive in the next day or two!

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