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Azzedine Alaia couture Autumn/Winter 2003

11 Jul
To put the current Alaia couture in context, I had a little look back to his last couture outing in Spring 2003. The difference between the two collections is really evident, this collection was much sexier, with a focus on the silhouette and sheer fabrics. 

* Source Elle.com

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Azzedine Alaia couture Autumn/Winter 2011

10 Jul

Mr Alaia’s return to couturefrom an eight year haitus has made this show the most anticipated of all the couture shows this season. A master of beauty who evokes tremendous devotion, there is no doubt that the collection was exceptionally beautiful. Famed as the king of cling, his silhouettes were a secondary story in this collection behind his exploration into texture. With the long ruffley gowns, Alaia manipulates the fabric in a way that no one else possibly could.  “There’s everyone else. Then there’s Alaïa.”

Elie Saab couture Autumn/Winter 2011

10 Jul

Elie Saab definitely has a look, the collections tend not to deviate from each other too wildly but hey, if the formula works there’s little point in changing it. Delicate tulle gowns at their very best. 

Armani Prive couture Autumn/Winter 2011

10 Jul

A visual feast for the eyes, Armani’s Prive collection for AW11 is perfection. Mr Armani has made a triumphant return to Earth after his shimmering, gemstone-inspired space-age Spring couture collection. Clearly inspired by the Orient, the fusion of traditional Japanese elements is subtle and results in a beautiful, elegant collection without straying onto theatrical, costume territory. I’m looking forward to seeing these looks on the awards circuit. 


 

 


Givenchy Couture Autumn/Winter 2011

9 Jul

I’ve been a little ill, hence the lack of posts. Don’t worry though there’s nothing like a little couture to cure what ails me. And couture doesn’t get any better than Riccardo Tisci’s sublime work at Givenchy. I do believe he has managed to top his sensational Spring/Summer 2011 collection. The TFS forums show split opinion, some like me adore the collection and some see this as a regurgitation of last season’s couture collection. I see this collection as a lot softer, more delicate and more beautiful than Tisci’s past collection. 

* Source Style.com

Christian Dior couture Autumn/winter 2011

5 Jul
I’m finding it really difficult to convey how let down I feel by Dior Couture this season. The last few collections weren’t Galliano’s strongest but without him at the helm it has all come undone. The Dior show was always the highlight of couture week for me, it was the show that raised the bar and gave me goosebumps. My desktop background is an homage to past couture collections. Dior, especially the couture house, without Galliano was always going to be a difficult concept to grasp but the collection they have just shown in Paris can only be described as an eyesore and I am beyond disappointed. The collection has elements of Galliano (although the inspiration is said to be Marc Bohan) and has some sort tiny glimmers of promise but the execution is just terrible. There’s no cohesive vision and though there is some experimentation, it lacks Galliano’s finesse and polish. This is not couture, it’s a bad resort collection at best. The sumptuous luxury has gone and has been replaced by a garish mess. 

* Source Style.com

Giambattista Valli couture Autumn/winter 2011

5 Jul

In his debut haute couture collection, Giambattista Valli gave us drama, opulence, sublime detailing and a completely breathtaking collection. The daywear collection were pure elegance and the gowns are undeniable show stoppers. Absolute perfection and reminiscent of couture from Chanel and Valentino, this has to be one of the most beautiful collections of the season.