The best of Paris Haute Couture
I have just come back from Paris, where I attended the Haute Couture shows for the Spring/Summer 2013.
It was great to be there again, and to see the beautiful clothes, be in amazing locations, admire the craftsmanship that is behind the creations and mix with the fabulous clients that flew there from all over the world, in their best furs and diamonds.
Although it was freezing cold in snowy Paris, the clothes presented by all the designers were light in contrast.
It was a week of fashion dedicated to purity, femininity, lightness and delicateness. I saw many bows, hundreds of metres of lace, seas of pastels, and definitely lots and lots of flowers (as in prints, embroidered or intarsia), everywhere on the catwalk. I loved them all.
It was Haute Couture at its best, and here are my Top 10 looks from the shows…
VALENTINO, the two designers were inspired by a classic Italian garden for their clothes: from the flowers to the swirls of the iron gates.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI’s creations were as light and ethereal as you would imagine a fairy’s costume to be, they looked amazing in the salons of the Italian Embassy.
This season, Karl Lagerfeld had a romantic dream for his beautiful outfits for CHANEL, presented on models waking on white sand.
ELIE SAAB knows how to dress both young and older ladies in the same timeless style. His cocktail dresses were the winners of the season.
DIOR has some of the best ateliers for embroidery, and Raf Simons’ designs were perfectly executed.
ALEXIS MABILLE is a proper French couturier, and his collection for Couture had it all: from skinny trousers, to big ruffled skirts.
ULYANA SERGEENKO is a new name of Paris Couture Week. Her clothes reflected some of the fairy tales she loved, and this green gown was inspired by Gone with the Wind.
We saw ethnic couture at JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, where we were all transported to an Indian dreamscape, with the country’s colours and magic.
ARMANI PRIVE too had touches of ethnic and tribal, but with the sleekest of cuts and silhouette.
Donatella had in mind some very sexy ladies for the ATELIER VERSACE collections, and she did not disappoint.