The Fall 2013 Couture Shows

J'adore haute couture! The sumptuous fabrics, intricate details, the creative artistic expression! The couture shows are by far my favorite. While many looks may not be practical or even wearable, couture let's designers create fantastic works of art only limited by their imaginations and not necessarily by what's sellable. This allows for some pretty outstanding garments that can be revered as more than just scraps of fabric, but as wearable art. Here are a few of my favorites from this round of couture shows.  

Christian LaCroix for Schiaparelli

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If you're a fashion geek like me, you probably died when you heard about this collaboration. Both Christian LaCroix and Elsa Schiaparelli left indelible marks on the fashion world. Both were visionaries and bonafided artists. The both of them together would clearly lead to a dramatic, whimsical and artistic couture show. The show did not disappoint. This is an example of fashion that is better to look at than to wear (except that last green dress. I want that dress.) The details, architecture, draping, handwork of these garments are impeccable. This is such a fitting tribute to to Mlle. Schiaparelli and a grand re-entrance into haute couture for Mr. LaCroix.


Christian Dior

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This collection toed the line between wearable and not, but the creative artistry of Raf Simons was certainly shown. He played with color, texture, proportion, fabric and created an outstanding collection. And I can totally see J. Law in the long cream dress!



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I like Chanel Resort a bit better than the couture show (even though the post apocalyptic western theater backdrop was amazing). I'm still waiting for Chanel to wow me again. However, I did like the use of tweed in this show and the soft greys and pinks.

Zuhair Murad

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This Lebanese designer is quickly becoming one of new favorites. All of his designs are ornate with amazing attention to detail. His models always look glamorous and chic. His looks can be repetitive, but they are still absolutely amazing.

Elie Saab

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Also Lebanese, Elie Saab has a similar aesthetic to Zuhair Murad, but less sexy and more feminine. He was also quickly becoming my favorite when Blair Waldorf (from Gossip Girl) got married in a pale blue Elie Saab gown which brought tears to my eyes. Again very repetitive and you know exactly what to expect. Except the finale this time around was so fierce! A bride with two models as her bridesmaid holding her train. This gets a thumbs up from me.

What did you think about the couture shows? Do you think fashion's ultimate goal is wearability or can it be revered as a fine artwork? Comment below or tweet me @MlleAntoinetteC!


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