by Jon, Contributing Editor
Haute Couture is the highest form of Fashion. We have selected for you some of the most outstanding collections from the last couture week.
The Cabinet of Curiosities by Galia Lahav
Tel-Aviv based Galia Lahav is known for her young and fresh approach to evening wear. While she has already established her name in Bridal Couture, she is rather new on the filed of classic evening wear. Nonetheless, with every collection she is gaining more and more admirers of her beautiful designs.
Medieval elegance at Elie Saab
Elie Saab does not make dresses, he creates dreams. This season, he was inspired by the romance of the medieval’s as well as powerful and strong women. He created a collection that incredibly rich on materials, fabric and craftsmanship as well as highly feminine.
Paolo Sebastian’s Art Noveau
Paul Vasileff, who is the creative mind behind one of Australia’s biggest couture houses, Paolo Sebastian, was inspired for this collection by the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. He created a collection dedicated to the time of the Art Noveau, to femininity and elegance. The details on his collections are truly incredible, especially the fragile ornaments of his signature ballgown.
In Love with Ralph & Russo
Tamara Ralph from Ralph & Russo took her inspiration from the works of groundbreaking photographers such as Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton and created a collection to fall in love with. As always, the creations were very rich on craftsmanship, embellishment and aesthetics, which makes us looking even more forward to their next collection.
Chanel and the Grand Palais
Karl Lagerfeld is known for his incredible stage work. His creations are always presented during a spectacle. Let it be Fendi at the Fontana di Trevi or Chanel‘s last Cruise Collection in a rebuild antique city, Karl Lagerfeld knows how to create shows. The latest Chanel collection, presented under a rebuild Eiffel Tower in Paris’ Grand Palais shows a modern version of signature Coco Chanel designs. From elegant dresses, to retro-hats and of course “the jacket”, Chanel shows how to stay true to one’s heritage and still impress it’s customers.
Dior’s 70th anniversary
Maria Grazia Churez once again impressed with her latest Dior collection. She showed, that she did not only understood Dior’s vast history when it comes to Haute Couture (as she recreated Dior’s famous “New Look”) but also what her clients want. Dior’s latest collection is a selection of young, modern evening wear that both celebrates the female body but gives women a certain power at the same time.
Arabian dreams of Tony Ward
Arab Designers have proven over the last years, that the middle east is a new hub for Couture Designers. Tony Ward is one of them. His collection features a mixture of grand ball gowns (as they are called in Vienna) and outstanding cocktail dresses. Every single piece was a piece of art and hit the perfect spot between classic evening wear and modern aesthetics.
Valentino taking it to the streets
Opposite the lavish dresses of Elie Saab or Paolo Sebastian, Pierpaolo Piccioli showed a different version of Haute Couture for Valentino. With an approach towards streetstyle fashion, Valentino showed unexpected prints, a high focus on Velvet and earthy colors fitting to the season of fall.
Schiaparelli’s shocking society
Elsa Schiaparelli was said to have been the biggest competition of Coco Chanel. The Italian-born designer moved 1922 where she eventually opened her couture house and literally started to shock the society. With her bold prints and modern approaches to womenswear back then she went against traditional womenswear and was as much loved and hated. Betrand Guyon dedicated this season’s collection to Elsa Schiaparelli, her invention of “shocking pink” and especially her Circus collection from 1938. And while he did not let his models dance on a rope across Place Vendôme, he clearly brought the attention back to the founder of the fashion house.
also have a look: Paris Haute Couture FW17/18 – Outfit Recap
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