"Zuhair Murad's Spring Couture Collection was an evocation of water, which played out as a spectacle of gowns that dripped with beading and frothed along the runway. Indeed, he seemed to play up every possible design metaphor: rippling embroidery, pleating in waves around the waist, Watteau backs mimicking waterfalls, whirlpools of tulle at the shoulders, plunging necklines, a swimsuit bodice with a crystal-encrusted mermaid overlay, and, as it that weren't enough, embellished boat necks. By the show's midpoint, those in attendance had gotten the drift. Yet to Murad's credit, not two creations were entirely alike." - style.com
Saturday, January 31, 2015
"Every look in Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's haute couture collection originated from the same three element: a floral-print baby-doll dress with smocked detailing, a pair of flip-flops, and a straw hat. Each subsequent surrealist creation materialized into a hallucination of dimension and colour: Flower cutouts with knotted stamens lifted from the fabric in voluminous clustered, while other flowers drifted off the dresss entirely, extending upward until they were supported by the headgear. Even the indigo outlines turned 3D, dangling off the hems as embroidery." - style.com
"It was a new beginning of sorts, and to celebrate he chose weddings as his theme. Most couture shows have a single betrothed; JPG had a couple dozen of them. He dubbed the collection 61 Façons de Se Dire Out, or 61 Ways to Say Yes. The brie word a lace bomber and tulle ball skirt, the bride wore shorts, and the bride wore blue jeans. There were first rate examples of his masculine-feminine hybrids from beginning to end, and they were the strongest elements of a show that also included python, as well as a passage of evening numbers that exposed the satin boning of corsets and crinoline cages." - style.com
"The Lebanese designer dedicated the collection to his past. A portrait of his parents when they were young as Saab's own children are now graced the first pages of the catalogue; in it his mother wears a tulip-print dress that provided a template for new embroideries. Saab is one of the most consistent couturiers around, known for glittering red-carpet fare, but using his '60s childhood (he called the period Beirut's 'golden age') injected a certain freshness into his lineup." - style.com
Thursday, January 29, 2015
"He claimed the show came to him in an electronic flash. 'One morning in bed, I saw it in a second.' Which certainly beats most people's dyspeptic awakenings. But that is Lagerfeld to a fabulous T. He sees other worlds - and then he makes them. In the case of his new couture show, it was a garden, the kind of garden, perhaps, that the mad inventor Rotwang might have created in Metropolis, one of Lagerfeld's favourite films. There were also echoes of Blade Runner in the sense of a perfectly realized replicant world (and in the makeup, for that matter). Was Lagerfeld perhaps somewhat of a mad scientist, too? 'No, I'm a well-trained machine,' he fired back. 'I know my métier.' And that was on effortless display today. What Lagerfeld is really doing each season is fine-tuning an attitude. The clothes and accessories exist to amplify that attitude: the flat sock-booties, the bared midriffs, the slouchy skirts ending just below the knee, the huge Edwardian hats or the puffy beanies… they were today's ingredients int he ongoing saga of Chanel's constant reinvention." - style.com
"Impossible Conversations, the Metropolitan Museum's 'dialogue' between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, inspired Giambattista Valli to create an impossible conversation of his own between Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin. The fact that neither woman was particularly happy was less relevant to Valli than the free-spiritedindependence they expressed in their personal style: Coco with her little jackets influenced by menswear, Janis with her iconoclastic layering of cocktail dresses over pants. From such glimmers was the acid-pastel fantasia of Valli's collection born." - style.com
"Raf Simons has always been open about his inspirations. Often, it's been a case of wearing his heart on his sleeve, all but literally, which has given his work an extraordinary amount of soulfulness. That's appropriate, given that music is his master. Simons' Couture show for Dior today was permeated with his respect for David Bowie. "He's a chameleon, able to reinvent himself," Simons enthused. "But he's also the materialization of something else. More than a man - an idea." Much like Mr. Dior, in fact. The name "Dior" has come to represent so much more than Christian himself, and it's now fallen to Simons to winkle out all that means." - style.com
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Emma Stone wearing a Christian Dior Haute Couture tuxedo dress, Repossi jewels, and Christian Louboutin pumps.
Julianna Margulies wearing a Giambattista Valli Couture gown, Jimmy Choo sandals, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Fred Leighton jewellery. Keira Knightley wearing an Erdem frock.
Matthew McConaughey wearing a Brioni suit and Tod's dress shoe. Jared Leto wearing a Dolce & Gabbana suit, pink carnation, Cariter watch, and Louis Leeman loafers.
Rosamund Pike wearing a Christian Dior Haute Couture high-low gown and Fred Leighton jewels. Camila Alves wearing a Donna Karan Atelier gown and Aldo clutch.