Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011
The last time Riccardo Tisci showed a couture collection for Givenchy, the zipper pulls were bones. This season, they were wings. Fashion's favorite goth took flight with a new obsession: Japan. Not the land of obis and geishas, he said, but the Japan of robot toys and the dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose intensely ritualized style of performance, called Butoh, was a huge influence on Tisci's friend, the singer Antony Hegarty. When Ohno died, Antony and the Johnsons performed a tribute concert that so inspired Tisci, the dead man became a sort of muse for the designer. And this was the result. According to Tisci, Ohno provided the romance, the melancholy, and the palette (the color of dried flowers). Robots, meanwhile, influenced the appliqués, the shoes, and the huge hats by Philip Treacy (couple this with Armani last night, and Treacy is clearly the go-to guy for sci-fi headgear
The detail was as crazily consuming as last season's. One outfit required 2,000 hours of cutting and 4,000 hours of sewing. A single pair of trousers had 90 meters of plissé. On this scale, appreciation of the clothes as they solemnly rotated from hangers in a reverentially hushed salon on the Place Vendôme became an almost academic exercise, like examining works of art in a gallery. Maybe not such a bad analogy, given the extraordinary appliqué on a bolero that crossed a robot's face with a Catholic cross, or the organza that was laser-cut and appliquéd on layers of chiffon and tulle to create a three-dimensional spread of vermilion wings. One gown featured a Japanese crane, again appliquéd, that rose phoenixlike from a cloud of feathers. Massive bird's wings were folded across a sheer skirt. The Swarovski crystals and pearls that were crusted on the bodice of another dress began to pop like fish eyes as the dress moved.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011
Yesterday marked the opening of one of the most expensive fashion events of the year. Yes, that’s right ladies, Paris Haute Couture Week has begun.
Starting off the drawling, sorry, show, yesterday was John Galliano’s collection for Dior and of course he didn’t disappoint.
Red organza cut into ruffles, 50s style tea skirts and tight fitting creations marched down the catwalk, while blue fabrics were made into highwaisted skirts and ball gowns. The detail on the creations were stunning, combining feathers, with florals and hints of the 80s with structured shoulders.
Tailored jackets, which Galliano confirmed went for around £10,000, were also a key part of this stunning collection. Hmmm now which bank can we rob to get our hands on a button.
Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture Futuristic Sci-fi Collection
Spring 2011 Paris Haute Couture Collection got a head start with Alexis Mallibe Collection. Then was the turn of Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2011 Couture Collection that made Haute Couture Week all the more extravagant.
It was a Sci-fi show inspired by the gleam of gemstones that led Giorgio Armani to come up with a shimmering collection. Models stepped on the runway in sculpted modernist gowns, glistening with a galaxy of diamond-cut stones, crystals and headgears that set the mood of the show.
Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture dresses looked like clothes that have came from another planet. Making the collection all the more interesting were metallic saucer hats and crystal-embellished masks, made by Philip Treacy for the collection
Details like mirror effect that managed to give organza a reflective quality, silk threaded with metal producing a sheen, breastplates of large colored stones, bright, undulating slash of scarlet were head turning. This collection reminds of Giorgio Armani Prive Spring 2010 Haute Couture Collection as well that took onlooker to soothing Lunar Journey.