Thursday: International Fashion

It’s that time of year again when we admire amazing detailed dresses that are totally out of our price range! That’s right its Spring/Summer Couture Fashion week in Paris. A full packed schedule that included some of the worlds high-class designers occurred last week, and as always there are some highs and lows. I thought I’d share my faves with you, short but sweet!

Atelier Versace kicked things of with the first show in the week. Even with the freezing temperatures in Europe Versace definitely turned up the heat with this couture collection. The collection had all the identifiable Versace elements including gold and sequins, however Donatella broke the barriers opting to go for a less traditional ‘red carpet’ couture and a more modern approach with solid colours, short skirts and plunging necklines.

Raf Simons presented his 2nd couture collection for Dior, and to most the collection didn’t disappoint. With a maze style catwalk, models with pixie crops, dark skin and red lips there was an enchanting fairytale feel to the collection. I have to admit the collection did not have a strong couture feel about it with the simple shapes and fabrics. Having said that spring was definitely represented through the blooming flowers and tulip skirts.

With various different shapes, intricate embroidery, and rich fabrics there was a real emphasis on luxury in Valli’s collection. Valli’s take on Prom was demonstrated through a range of princess style dresses in dusty pinks.  Animal prints were also included, no doubt to appeal to the wilder woman!

There no surprise that Chanel is the most awaited couture show, and as always Karl Lagerfeld never fails to wow! The scene was set with bird chirping and the audience surrounded with a woodland forest.  Starting with black and white the models oozed ‘gothic fairy’.  Textures were prominent with the traditional Chanel tweed jackets, feathers and embroidery. Lagerfeld also showed his support to Gay marriage with 2 brides hand in hand accompanied with a pageboy who is none other than Lagerfeld’s godson Hudson Kroenig. There just really is nothing better than Chanel!

People often compare this Lebanese designer to Valentino, but I think Saab really is red carpet glamour at its best. Yes you know what you expect, but the garments that appear on the catwalk really are amazing, with the use of sheer fabrics and embroidery, I am sure we will be seeing these again at the Oscars!

Last but not least Valentino. It was clearly evident the amount of work and hand crafted detail that had gone into these designs. Valentino really does showcase the most beautiful pieces of work that just looks so effortless, and would suit any woman.  Wonderful use of lace, organza, beading and silk, makes this collection a joy to look at.

Until next time


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