The Secret World of Haute Couture

Agenda Inc. linked to the BBC documentary The secret world of Haute Couture

I want to tell you about a club I’ve heard of. It’s secret, highly exclusive. There are no written rules to decide if you can or can’t join. There’s no official committee to vote you in. This club has got only about 200 members in the entire world, all women. What they have in common is the desire and the means to acquire the most expensive clothes that money can buy.

Edit: I’ve found a single youTube video for this great documentary. Enjoy it in it’s entirety now.

Givenchy Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008

Givenchy Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008
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This collection is weird. I really like some of the minimalist pieces, but they don’t represent couture to me. As a member of The Fashion Spot said, who really needs $20,000 leggings. It’s very ready to wear. The last two dresses are more what I’m looking for. I felt the collection didn’t have a single direction or theme. It was like he did three collections: minimalist, ethereal and highly structured.

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Chanel Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008

I’m having a love hate relationship with the Chanel Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008 collection. On one hand, some of the outfits are to die for, very beautiful. However, I hate the presentation. The large tacky Chanel jacket in the background. Why the hell aren’t the models wearing heels. Check out style.it and look at how awful the collection photos are. The models don’t know how to pose in flats and it’s just plain awkward and unflattering. Devon Aoki looks like hell, as does the dress, IMO. The shoes are awful.
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I do love the wrap skirts and the jackets.
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Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008

Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008
Giorgio Armani Prive is another designer that doesn’t do anything for me during HC. His stuff is just to damn wearable. However, I did see a few looks that I thought were interesting.
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You just know someone is going to wear look #2 to some awards show, it’s a classic beauty. Click the thumbnails for bigger pics.

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I can’t believe that I’m bored by the Christian Dior Spring Summer 2008 Haute Couture collection

I’ve said it. John has officially bored me. It’s like I’ve been seeing the same collection for the past few seasons, with no real movement forward. Don’t get me wrong, the garments are made to perfection and the details are incredible. I’m just bored with this, even with the Klimt references. That’s really damn hard to do, Klimt is my favourite artist! That being said, there are a few pieces that I liked. (Click on thumbnails for larger images)

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I did get a kick out of the hats and amazing makeup job.
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I really shouldn’t pass final judgment until I see the video.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall Winter 2007 – 2008

JPG has gotten me excited about couture, just as I was getting bored. I love this season. This is going to be a long post folks there are just so many beautiful pieces.

Jean Paul Gaultier HC F/W 07.08 Paris
Mariaclara is back baby.

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The purple is so vivid on this dress

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Coco the Sultan

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Hello detailing, this is crazy

Chanel Couture Spring 2007

I’ve just noticed that I enjoy the location of Karl’s show more than the clothes. After seeing Dior and JPG, I’m so bored with this. However, the location of the show is beautiful.

Chanel Couture Spring 2007
Chanel Couture Spring 2007
Chanel Couture Spring 2007

I loved the shoes though. Now, I understand what Jeanne Beker was going off about at the Bata Shoe Museum exhibit opening last week. Karl’s influence is on display there now.

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High fives by the magazine rack

So MJ and I are going to have dinner. We decide to stop at Indigo and check out the magazines. We freaked out when we discovered the Haute Couture issue of Gap Press were out. We snagged the last 2 copies and shreaked with joy.
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8 glossy pages of Dior baby.

I’ve come to realize that I hate looking at shows online. This is the second book I’ve purchased from Gap Press. I have to say that a glossy, ad-free book is the much better way to go. It was a little cheaper too, only $30 this time.