For Karl Lagerfeld’s fall 2018 haute couture collection, he drew upon early memories, a post-war Paris that was struggling to dust itself off and move forward, and the bouquinistes that helped bring the joie de vivre back to the city. Celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross, Lily Allen, Penelope Cruz, and more queued up to get their shots. For an haute couture show that’s meant to be the best-of, so to speak, Lagerfeld’s latest offering was sturdy and stoic.
Anyone who works in or studies fashion will tell you that, once in a blue moon, a runway show happens that is so sublime, inspired and flawlessly executed that it'll be talked about (and used as a point of comparison) for years to come. This rare phenomenon occurred on Wednesday in Paris, when ...
“When I saw the Spring 2018 Chanel couture show, I knew it was exactly what I envisioned for our wedding,” she remembers. “From the set design to the soundtrack, it was magical. Everything after that fell into place.”
When an Armani model was photographed wearing a hairstyle resembling a “doobie,” commenters disagreed on how to take it.
Now that Paris Haute Couture week is coming to a close — you’ve already seen Lily Rose Depp transformed into a child bride at Chanel’s Spring 2017 Haute Couture show and the uncanny “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired gown at Giambattista Valli — it’s time for a retrospective on all of the gorgeous accessories.
Giambattista Valli presented the Spring 2017 couture collection in Paris this past week for Haute Couture, offering all the frills and glamour we’ve come to expect from the designer. The gowns are fit not only for a red carpet affair, but are suitable for a Disney princess.
Alessandra Ambrosio looking like she was sent from heaven to walk the Ralph & Russo runway. Alessandra Ambrosio has established herself as an angel on the Victoria’s Secret catwalks, catalogs, and commercials, but she just proved she’s celestial in other realms, as well.
There have been endless debates about the relevance of haute couture— especially in this era of fast fashion. What’s the point of making clothes that take weeks to embroider, days to assemble and only the mega rich can afford to even gawk at? Not to mention the fact that the profit on the clothes is said to be next to nothing. Yes, it seems excessive, a fashion folly for some very rich housewives.
There is so much oohing and aahing over the gowns at couture that most people see the accessories as an afterthought. But you’d be missing all the fun, as this season designers got freaky with the shoes, bags and jewelry on the runway. And why not? With only a few individuals able to afford these over-the-top gowns (most starting at around $100K) and their totally-out-there accessories, designers need to go to extremes. Take a look.
The fashion flock is in Paris for the spring 2016 haute couture shows, and the street style looks are good. From Olivia Palermo’s perfectly paired uncoordinated prints to Anna Dello Russo’s single raccoon tail Miu Miu statement earring to Kate Bosworth’s emblazoned vest, here’s the best on what’s on the Parisian pavement. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Photography by Hedi Slimane The Haute Couture shows recently wrapped in Paris, and even though they are considered the most exquisite in all of fashion land, it seems that not everyone wants to play the strict rules of the Fédération Française de la Couture. Each piece will be decided upon on a case by case basis and will include a numbered silk ivory label which will be recorded in the “Monogram House Couture book held by the premier d’atelier flou.” The line will not only be designed by Slimane, but he will also personally decide who among the global glitterati is worthy enough to wear his custom creations. A model in Yves Saint Laurent Couture at the Couture House of Yves Saint Laurent.
The world has been looking to the Italians for fashion inspiration for decades, but for Fall 2015 Haute Couture, the House of Valentino went back a few centuries to Ancient Rome for hair inspiration. The show, appropriately set in the modern city of Rome, attempted to bring back the Roman Forum, where city life once congregated and flourished. Accompanying gladiator-inspired dresses and sandals were “Game of Thrones”-reminiscent romantic braids, crowns, and delicate gold wreaths embellished with gold stars and seals, all styled by Guido Palau.
Behind the star’s striking looks was makeup artist Nick Barose, who created everything from her sparkling eyes at Dior to her glam red lip at the Lancôme 80th Anniversary Party. Sparkling Eyes at the Dior Haute Couture Fall 2015 Show “The bold red Dior dress called for dramatic makeup that isn’t competing in the color department,” says Barose of the black, navy and silver tone eye look he created.
Couture week — a mesmerizing haze filled with chiffon, organza, diamonds, and all things luxurious — has just passed. But the dreaming doesn’t just stop there. Inspired by all the greatness from this week, we reached out to five different jewelry brands to find out their most Couture-inspired pieces. We have surrealist pieces from Erickson Beamon that could pair perfectly with a Schiaparelli gown, to the best of Tiffany & Co. that would compliment the confections put forth by Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad.
Answer: They have all this year sported gowns by Zuhair Murad. This Beirut-based couturier’s red carpet star is rising. Murad’s red carpet break came when J.Lo called in a gown to wear to the Met Gala in 2010.
Thinking of giving your hair a chop to deal with the summer heat? Take a few tips from Tuesday’s Chanel Fall 2015 Haute Couture show and hairstylist Sam McKnight. For the intimate casino-themed show in Paris, McKnight sent models like Kendall Jenner, Lindsey Wixson, and Soo Joo Park down the runway with jet black, blunt, asymmetrical wigs.
The Haute Couture shows started in Paris on Sunday and over the next few days, we will not only see the world’s most exclusive fashions in the world, but also the most exquisite jewelry as well. Editors, buyers, and wealthy clients will be filing into Paris to see what rare gems and stones are in store. Without further ado, please let me present the most recent collection from Chanel Fine Jewelry called “Cafe Society.” It’s a tribute to the ladies of the 1920s and dedicated to audacity and inspired by freedom. These two pieces are aptly called “Morning In Vendôme.” Mademoiselle Chanel loved Place Vendôme so much that the namesake brand has named some of her favorite pieces after the famous octagon space.
Photo: Courtesy Pulp Fiction meets Twin Peaks in Gregg Araki’s stylized short Here Now, in which hip L.A. couples intertwine in a dive bar to debate love, loss, and religion while wearing key pieces from Kenzo’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. “We are lucky to have experienced this idea of subcultures and these kids who form identities in groups in the suburbs in order to unify, because they didn’t have the internet back then,” said Leon.
Kendall Jenner has always know what she’s wanted and hasn’t been afraid to say so (even if her quotes get a bit repetitive — she just really means it). As a kid on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, she idolized her sisters in the way siblings do, but had different ambitions than to dominate the reality show world. Instead, supermodels were her Hillary Clinton. In yet another gig to add to her portfolio, Jenner covers Harper’s Bazaar for the magazine’s May subscriber issue wearing a floral embroidered dress from Chanel’s most recent couture collection. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld in an storage space wearing Haute Couture gowns from Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Givenchy, and more, this is the stuff that Jenner’s dreams are literally made of.
Photo: @voguethailand/Instagram Jean-Paul Gaultier showed his couture collection in Paris on Wednesday morning. His glamorous designs were set to songs like “White Wedding” and “Back to Black,” the first clue that this wasn’t your average couture collection. Traditionally, the last look in a Haute Couture show is reserved for the bride, or, “la marieé.” Gaultier’s show, however, opened with a model emerging from a cloud of smoke in a sexy wedding dress. Why, Naomi Campbell dressed as a wedding bouquet of course.
Haute Couture season in full swing. There’s the usual roster of big names like Chanel, Dior, and Atelier Versace, but there’s a group of designers both young, and not-so-young, who have been quietly toling away making some of the most inventive confections out there. They may not be household names just yet, but you will certainly recognize their celebrity clients: Taylor, Miley and Gaga to name a few. Here’ s a breakdown of some of couture’s rising stars.
Why Couture Matters: Everything You Need to Know About Fashion’s Finest Season A medley of haute couture looks from the Paris collections. Photos: Dedicated followers of fashion await the last week of January and early July with bated breath. On the top level are the permanent members, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Stéphane Rolland, Givenchy, Bouchra Jarrar, and a handful of others. Finally, there are those invited to show season by season, that have to follow the base rules — design entirely handmade custom clothes for private clients with at least one fitting (although three is usually the minimum) — but who do not get to officially label their wares “haute couture.” Alongside all of the big designers’ own dedicated workshops, there is a string of independent ones in and around Paris that produce the lion’s share of haute couture beading, embroidering and ruching.