July 6, 2013

the best of the week: High Fashion in Paris

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture 2013
The dexterous fingers of highly-paid seamtresses and embroiderers bring couture to life. Which is a good thing. Haute couture keeps these traditional crafts alive. Even though only a tiny part of the population will ever see these creations let alone be able to buy them, nurturing and supporting century-old skills is so important in sustaining the richness of our culture. While we can't support it by buying, we definitely support haute couture in spirit. Honestly, it's not even a dream to own a gown but we'd love to see a couture show live - to see the wonderful fabrics come whispering by on the runway. No wonder so many fashion reporters & bloggers are often annoyingly subservient and gushing with praise -  about everything. We are tempted to assume the proximity of live fashion can be seductive to the point of "everything is fabulous". 

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture 2013
We'd consider buying this black and white piece of divine simplicity.  Not sure about the largesse of the artful flower although a possibly a great place to hide your lipstick. 

Armani Privé 2013
Giorgio Armani paid hommage to the 1930's and the era of slinky, sexy, braless glamour. 
for the entire collection, click here

Viktor and Rolf Haute Couture 2013
 All were excited, up in arms, clucking like the hens in Chicken Run about Viktor and Rolf's first couture show after 13 years: all black and origami. You'd definitely have a fighting chance against the wolf and the woods wearing this cape. 

Viktor and Rolf Haute Couture 2013
all of Viktor and Rolf here
Valentino Haute Couture 2013
Beautiful dress, skirts, coats in blacks, beiges, browns with more than a whiff of "I've seen this at Dolce&Gabbana." Which is okay. There are only so many ideas. And Valentino's dresses are consistently gorgeous, wearable and exquisitely tailored.
All of Valentino here

Elie Saab Haute Couture 2013
 We think Elie Saab makes some of the most beautiful red carpet worthy gowns ever. His color palette went from blood red to a golden ivory and emerald green. So fairy dust.
For the entire collection, see here

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture 2013
His things are just fun. And surprisingly, we'd even wear this gown. Maybe without the side pockets. But admit it: Pope Alexander VI would have gone absolutely mental for this color.
for the entire collection, click here

Maison Martin Margiela Haute Couture 2013
 We want someone to plan and carry out some really cool jewelry heist wearing this outfit.
All of Maison Martin Margiela here

Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture 2013
We often don't get the Russian fashion sensibility. But we think this gown is snow queen fabulous. 

images via style.com Haute Couture 2013

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