July 5th was the final day of the Fall Couture shows in Paris. The extraordinary visuals and glittering gowns grab worldly attention twice a year. Couture is an opportunity for designers push the limits and show their bravado. Among the numerous shows, by far the greatest hits are from Versace, Bouchra Jarrar, Giambattista Valli and Chanel.
Versace’s gowns are breathtaking, ethereal and every girl’s dream. The overall concept was taken from the design of tarot cards. Models float down the runway in waves of fabric trailing behind them. Donatella’s touch is soft but also dramatic in her color palette.
Bourchra Jarrar’s collection did not resemble haute couture in the typical sense. Her collection was mostly ready to wear though the clear vision and perfect cut is getting this young designer some attention. Showing ready to wear designs so early is a smart way to have the full attention of press and buyers before the madness begins in September.
If you were hoping to see more avante guarde fashion, then you’ll love Giambattista Valli’s couture collection. Deep reds and emeralds combined with high collars and dramatic silhouettes are perfectly romantic for fall. His inspiration came from Monet—think floral and water lilies with a powerfully enchanting charm.
And then there is Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld has a way of keeping Chanel’s classic elegance in tact even as he explores the present. His couture collection is best described as ‘new vintage’. The collection was a combination of classic Chanel tweed suits, coatdresses, and dreamy chiffon tulle gowns in stormy grays and pinks. Lagerfeld declared the tweed fabric he used was all embroidered—taking over three thousand hours of work!