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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spring 2013 Couture Shows...


We love Paris at this time of year... It is time for the most spectacular show of the season... Here is our review of our top three favourite Couture shows.

Chanel...

No big deal, Karl Lagerfeld only created an actual forest in the Grand Palais for the Chanel 2013 Spring/Summer Couture Show. Yes, that's right. Tree by tree. Guests of the show wandered until they found a classical amphitheater. Karl Lagerfeld was "dreaming of Weimar, sylvan hub of German Romanticism in the late eighteenth century, home to Goethe and Schiller." This romance infused itself into the couture collection through glitter and shine, with looks varying from armour like to fichu-like. There were sparkling daytime tweeds and the silhouette, as described by Lagerfeld, was decided by a feature called "frame shoulders." We love.

Christian Dior...




Delicate beading, embroidered and appliqu├ęd blooms, a reference to Audrey Hepburn, sleek construction and a wearability to couture that isn't always seen. This is a collection you want in your wardrobe. Now. With inspiration taken from Christian Dior's love of the countryside and the garden he would retreat to. Raf Simons has definitely portrayed the rebirth we all love about Spring, fresh colours, floral features and new beginnings.

Valentino...

Usually when you think of Couture, you think of how much it costs. But in the case of Valentino's Couture Collection Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli made sure that each person viewing the show understood the human cost. With notes on each seat detailing just how much time went in to creating the beautiful couture that walked down the runway. Apparently it took 500 hours of hand-rolling to produce the piping - for one outfit. And it was told that a roller developed carpal tunnel syndrome during the production. There is also an organza jacket and skirt that took 850 hours to embroider. A labour of love is an understatement. But what it is nice to show is that with every piece of clothing, no matter couture or not, someone has worked hard to produce it.


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