Haute Couture Week is a showcasing of decadent floor-length gowns, embellishments and regal embroidery. Haute couture is a spectacle enjoyed by fashionistas all over the world as they splurge on luxurious outfits that are a true treat for the eye. The trends this season are an envy for any bride-to-be or her bridesmaid. Apt for any joyous celebration, it’s time for some lusting!
Fluid seduction. All the top fashion houses presented their unique version of a plunging black gown that was the epitome of sensuality. Armani Prive showcased a liquid sequin gown with a sweetheart neck that screamed ‘Red Carpet’ while Valentino’s gorgeous velvet cut-out gown had a Juliet charm to it. Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad sent down a delectable black sheer full gown while Schiaparelli added a disco twist to their version sprinkled with colorful stars.
Florals are synonymous with spring. This season they’re not just restricted to prints but three-dimensional floral motifs. Chanel had soft net flowers trimming their full tulle skirts white Victor & Rolf presented exaggerated versions in bold colours. Jean Paul Gaultier took a modern take on feminism with sumptuous white roses on black net and Giambatista Valli had red speckled flowers on a long gown. Time for some major Flower Power.
Fluffy and voluminous-tulle-the fabric signature to a ballerina’s tutu has made an appearance on the runway. Raf Simons created a flouncy full skirt for Dior with multi-hued bold stripes while Valentino showed a long romantic skirt in dusty rose. Chanel did a candy floss pink shirt dress and Armani Prive did a glamorous night ensemble in silvery grey.
Nothing equates into sensuality better than fine sheers that are as good as second skin. Zuhair Murad sent down an ‘almost there’ gown that gently skimmed the skin adorned with glitter while Elie Saab’s cinched gown appeared in a frothy shade of cream. Alexis Mabille’s risqué gown created a tattoo effect and Valentino’s sheer dream had a vintage Victorian feel.
This delicate accessory is longer restricted to brides and is swiftly becoming the ‘it’ adornment of the season . The face veil provides a chic aura of mystery. Giambatista Valli did a girly veil with polka dots while Ulyana Segeenko’s veil had a simplistic vibe. We are most impressed with Chanel for combining a cute beanie with a mesh veil,its a definite must-have!
This aquatic colour was consistent among top collections and is definitely here to stay. Armani Prive did a pleated skirt with metallic sheen while Jean Paul Gaultier presented a silk faille gown. Valentino did a cape dress with a powder lining and Dior had a beautiful sheer jacket in ombre green shades resplendent with embroidery.
Fashion once again blurs the lines between gender as women wear the suits. Atelier Versace had a spotless white suit with flared trousers and a metallic choker while Alexandre Gauthier showcased a slouchy tuxedo dress that spelled ‘Oomph’. We love how Bouchra Jarrar chose a minimalist path with her all white tuxedo look complete with pulled back hair.
By Tanya Mehta