It’s Haute Couture Week in Paris!

Posted: July 10, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Christian Dior showed at Paris Haute Couture Week this past Wednesday afternoon, and John Galliano was nowhere in sight. Galliano, former creative director, was fired by Dior after 14 years for his anti-Semitic remarks, caught on video, in a Paris bar. Bill Gaytten, who’s been on the design team at Dior for 23 years and is head of the label’s studio, was the man who took a bow at the end of the show, along with his assistant, Susan Venegas. The collection was complete with blue giraffe prints, zebra stripes, layers upon layers of chiffon, square-shaped sequins, and all things Easter-colored. It was one of the most incoherent haute couture collections I’ve seen.

But I’m not saying cohesion should be as literal as Alexandre Vauthier’s haute couture collection, which used only two shades of red. With the exception of one ivory dress complete with what looks like a football player’s shoulder pad, but bedazzled with fine silver and gems, Vauthier’s collection featured monochromatic looks in red. At least the ladies look à la femme fatale.

Riccardo Tisci, creative director for Givenchy haute couture, really hit the mark with his collection. His translucent floor-sweeping gowns were embellished with thin fringes and chunks of knitted wool in unexpected places. One gown in particular was engulfed with what seems like cream-colored fish scales. Absolutely breathtaking, just think about the execution.
Haute couture is French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking.” The garments created during haute couture fashion week are designed and created for a specific customer. Thus, it is exclusive in fitting and design. It is made from high-quality fabric and mostly hand-sewn due to the garment’s extreme emphasis on detail.

-Karen Hor

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