Couture Considerations

I know.  We just talked fashion yesterday.  But I can’t help myself.  Sometimes fashion calls and if you don’t answer, well, it will pass you by.  This is awfully serious stuff.  Especially when your speaking Couture.  And we are absolutely speaking couture.  Which is a completely different animal from yesterday’s ready -to-wear looks.  It is, after all, art!  But why am I justifying myself to you?!  It’s my blog and I can write about whatever I want!  So there! 😉

Paris is hosting the Spring 2011 Couture shows this week… and well I think an update is fitting!

Chanel Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Umberto Fratini for, via

Oh, Karl Lagerfeld.  This collection is dreamlike.  Heavenly perhaps.  Everything is luminescent, and though the designs are heavy with embroidery, it looks light and airy.  The whole collection is somewhere between a ballerina and princess, which makes it a fantasy.  This dress is no exception, as it is an ethereal piece I would happily find a reason to wear.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Umberto Fratini for, via

I am not always attracted to Alexis Mabille’s work.  In all honesty, it usually feels forced.  While some of the pieces shown in this collection elicited the same experience, it was the shows overall concept as well as the above piece that caught my attention.  Like much of the artwork in the Musée Bourdelle,where Mabille showed his collection, every piece was shown twice.  Once in white and then a second time in saturated color.  I found the above dress particularly beautiful in both colors.  There is a sense of ease in the silhouette that is sure to make any girl feel effortlessly chic.

Armani Privé Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Yannis Vlamos for, via

The Armani Privé is out of this world.  And I mean that in the literal sense.  Every piece was slick, futuristic and completely extraterrestrial.  Which is absolutely fine with me when were talking couture.  Besides, Giorgio Armani is 76 years old and one of the best-known fashion designers, so he can do whatever he wants.  That isn’t to say I loved all of it.  I did love the gown above.  It is innovative, but not unrelatable.  It is a red carpet gown and I am sure we will see it there at some point- just without the saucer hat!

Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Alessandro Viero for, via

Bouchra Jarrar’s collection may be Couture, but it is without question the most wearable collection we’ve seen so far.  Jarrar’s tailoring is impeccable and the way she plays with asymmetry (highlighted by piping) is sophisticated and elegant.  There is a powerful element to these clothes.  I love the above blouse and it’s ivory lining.  The styling is fantastic; it is as though the model could walk off the runway and into the street.  This is a unarguably a striking collection.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture Collection. Photo by Yannis Vlamos for, via

John Galliano loves Couture, as is evident it the sheer magnitude of the Christian Dior Couture shows.  They are always larger than life and this one was no exception. The collection, a homage to 1940’s/50’s Dior illustrator René Gruau, truly takes the clothing from the page and to the catwalk.  From the suggested shading to the water-color motif (seen above) the pieces have an element of being illusory, while simultaneously possessing a vintage quality.  It will undoubtedly take a woman with a clear sense of identity to wear this Couture collection.


  1. The Velvet Hammer says:

    The sky blue and beige coloring of Dior was breathtaking. That is certainly a “calmer” style for Galliano!

    Have you been to a couture fashion show?

  2. Not a couture one… several ready-to-wears though….
    Would love to see a couture one in person!!


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