Posts Tagged ‘Couture’

Fall Couture Shows 2012

Posted: July 18, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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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!

-Sara Freund

One of my biggest pet peeves is misuse of the word couture. More specifically, I hate when celebrities misuse the word. The most technical definition of couture is the hand sewing of garments specifically for the measurements and desires of the client. There are only a select number of certified couture houses in the world. To all you celebrities: you are not one of them.

Exhibit A: Pamela Anderson’s new thigh high stockings line entitled Pamela Anderson Couture Collection. There are five different styles all about $40 and conveniently available at Couture, I think not. They are beautifully designed thigh highs, if that’s even possible. However, other more suitable adjectives that come to mind include slutty, provocative, and in no way couture. But Pamela is not the only one to misuse the title. JWoww from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” has also debuted a line called Filthy Couture. Enough said; no bitching necessary.


While moseying my way around the world wide web, I stumbled upon a blog that had an interesting take on the spring 2010 couture shows. This particular blogger took a look at a few couture shows and saw one thing: pokemon.

The notion is pretty crazy, but after looking at the photos, I can almost see what he is talking about. The puffy pink ensemble on the Givenchy runway is a dead ringer for jigglypuff. This concept is absolutely farfetched. My guess is that it wasn’t the designers intention to send ninetails or jolteon down the runway–but this blogger’s vision definitely translates.

Check it out for yourself, what do you think?

~Kelly Bucci

Untailored Fashion: Designing Vocab

Posted: October 26, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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I’ve been writing quite a bit about fashion this semester, and while doing so I realized that I constantly have to look and check the definitions of its terminology. How much fashion terminology do you know? Just a mini lesson, so were all on the same page here.


Is generally used to describe the garments of high-end, more respected designers. I usually use it to describe more ready to wear garments than when I use the term Houte Couture. But sometimes fashion people use the two terms are interchangeably.

fall 2008 Couture collection

Givenchy: fall 2008 Couture collection