Givenchy Haute Couture – Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

It’s hard to comment on something so perfect. What words can express the tear enducing beauty of the collection. Some of the garments took 1600 hours to produce. Can you imagine the furiously busy women and men in the atilier creating these garments? They must be extremely proud they must be of their work. A documentary NEEDS to be made about the House of Givenchy’s couture division. Riccardo Tisci and his team are 21st century couture gods.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

There was no runway show this season and I have to admit I liked it better. The photos that are out their already are amazing. There are photos with the clothing on models and on judys. I like the differences the human form and judy show off in pictures. Nowfashion.com has some great shots of the shoes and boots. They go from the fairly simple sandal to crazy ornate open toed boot. I can’t wait to see more of this collection in the wild.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

You really need to see the high resolution shots available on style.com and vogue.uk.com.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I’m always finding video and here is one that talks to Riccardo Tisci about the fall 2010 Givenchy haute couture collection.

images: style.com, nowfashion.com, vogue.uk.com

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall 2010 – 2011

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I can’t remember the last time I was excited for a Christian Dior Haute Couture collection. The fall 2010 collection has made me a believer in John Galliano again. It helps that he’s influence is a favourite of mine too, flowers. I have a bit of a flower photo taking fetish and I was delighted as soon as I saw the first look.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

The collection is saturated in colour and the resemblance of the clothing to flowers is undeniable.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Everything is just perfect about this collection. It has enough spectacle to be interesting and the construction details are to die for.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

The gowns are just beautiful, however some of the models were way too thin in them. It’s especially apparent in any back shots you see.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I tracked down some footage of the show so you can get a look at the clothing moving. Hopefully the full show will be available soon.

View the whole collection at style.com, it’s really worth it.

images: vogue.uk.com

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier was my favourite show of the Spring 2010 couture season. It did all the right things: it was a spectacle and the details were magnificent. Mexico and the movie Avatar (which I think will be a trend influence unfortunately) inspired this collection.

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2010

I thought the multi-colour eye makeup was really beautiful looking. It was fitting for a show where the colours were rich and vibrant.

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2010

The accessories are captivating.  I love the piles and piles of bracelets and necklaces.  I could see Lady Gaga and the late Isabella Blow wearing the ornate hats.  Perhaps Tavi will take up the reins since she likes big hats too.

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2010

I loved the woven leaf details of the handbags.  I’m not a fan of cowboy boots in any way but I found myself liking the green ones.

images: style.com

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I wasn’t freaking out over the Givenchy Spring 2010 couture show. I was expecting to but found myself liking about half the collection.  I loved the feathers, shorts, ruffles, beading and sheer elements of the collection.

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I loved all the pieces in neutral colours but that feeling wasn’t uniform when it went the colour came out of the woodwork.  The blue and green embellished jumpsuits reminded me of Christmas ornaments.  I loved the purple ruffled dresses.

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I missed Mariacarla’s strut, but my girl Rose was there.  I wasn’t a fan the eye makeup.  The shoes were very cute.

I have to one question, Ciara as Riccardo Tisci’s muse?  Really, WTF.  To top it all off, trying to mooch out of paying for couture pants, this isn’t ready to wear girly.

images: style.com

Chanel Couture Spring 2010

Chanel Couture Spring 2010

I enjoyed Chanel’s Spring 2010 couture show even though I disliked the hair. It was nice to see Karl move to a softer colour palette in the pastels and silver. According to style.com, this is the first Karl has shown Chanel without black, navy or gold buttons.

Chanel Couture Spring 2010

It was all very ladylike with the contrast of the silver rococo heel booties. The Chanel suits were my favourite pieces.

Chanel Couture Spring 2010

I mentioned disliking the hair. Too much Bride of Frankenstein for me, however I do appreciate the technique and effort put into it. It’s quite astonishing to see the intricacies of the back.

images: style.com

Adeline Andr̩ Couture РFall 2009

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

The most interesting couture presentation was done by Adeline André. It consisted of one look for men and one look for women.

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

To demonstrate her patented three-armhole design (and reveal just how much fabric went into each piece), the four items, including a shirt, jacket and coat for men, were first pegged on a clothesline before being donned by the models. The women’s look, a layered silk crepe dress merging from flesh color tones to pinks and reds, took minutes to put on as meters of fabric and a staggering 21 armholes were wound around. “I wanted to show my work, and the history of the armholes, in a very precise way,” André said. (source: WWD.com).

Adeline André Couture - Fall 2009

I love the performance art aspect of this collection and the garment itself. The layers of colours gradually moving from light to dark is a nice touch.

images: wwd.com

Givenchy Haute Couture – Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture, Hot Damn. I’m always excited to see what is going to come out of Riccardo Tisci. Here is a young man that is keeping the tradition of couture alive. This collection was heavily influenced by Morocco.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

The details were just incredible on the clothes and man on the models. I died when I saw those gold crystallized faces. This is my Haute Couture show of the season. I’m calling it now.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

I’ve gone crazy with the photos so you can see what I’m gushing about. I’m hoping the rest just get better after Givenchy.

Check out Jak&Jil for some amazing shots.

images: Style.it and WWD.

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture – Fall 2009

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture - Fall 2009

The Christian Lacroix show felt like a funeral to me. It was very dark with a lot of black instead of his usual explosion of colour. I imagine darkness was unavoidable for what could be the last Christian Lacroix Haute Couture collection. Hell, it could be the last Christian Lacroix collection ever.

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture - Fall 2009

Haute Couture was touch and go, many were worried that it wouldn’t happen. However, the most amazing thing happened. All of Lacroix’s friends, suppliers and employees donated their time and materials. The collection was done for free. What an amazing tribute. Check out this video which talks more about how the collection came about.

I admit that Lacroix has never been one of my favourite couturiers but his mastery of the medium is undeniable. I hope he doesn’t leave the stage just yet as it would be a huge disservice to the whole industry. That knowledge needs to be passed on. Christian Lacroix Forever!

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture - Fall 2009

images: Style.it and PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall 2009

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

To me this collection felt half done or half assed. A lot of the looks featured no bottoms or tops. It was very bizarre. All I could think was: Is this what recession couture looks like? Did you run out of money for fabric?

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

There were some interesting looks like this lace number. The rest, very beautiful but I was bored. However, I really loved the hats.

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

images: Style.com

Felipe Oliveira Baptista Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2009

Felipe Oliveira Baptista Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2009

Felipe Oliveira Baptista Haute Couture -  Spring Summer 2009

I check out Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s collections every season but this year his presentation and standout jackets caught my eye. There is also a futurist aspect to the clothing. I’m also enjoying the urban uniform vibe his clothing portrays.

images: Felipe Oliveira Baptista Haute Couture S/S 09 – the Fashion Spot.

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall-Winter 2008


John redeemed himself to me with this couture collection. Now if we can ween him off the New Look kool-aid everything will be great. Don’t get me wrong, I love New Look but it’s time for him to move on or do a neo-New Look, 😛

click the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the dress above, gorgeous.

The video is out already view it here: Video, Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2008 . 2009 on Frillr. You can also view the Resort 2009 collection video.

A blog.mode fav post – John Galliano for Dior

John Galliano for Dior

John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for Christian Dior Couture (French, founded 1947). “Creation” Ensemble, fall/winter 2005–6. Beige silk satin, white polyester batting, nude synthetic net, beige cotton braided laces, blue pieced silk with chenille, rhinestone, hammered silver metal, filé, and bead embroidery à la disposition; white leather; beige nylon, polyester batting, and silver metal and pearl hardware with knotted blue silk ribbons. Purchase, The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Inc. Gift, 2006 (2006.22a–d)

blog.mode – Constructing Couture

image: blog.metmuseum.org

EDIT: The image didn’t display yesterday so I reposted correctly.