Spring Couture 2013,and Black and White

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The Couture collections started in Paris on Monday and as usual the garments are exquisite. I loved Raf Simon’s entire collection for Dior. The fabrics are so delicate and detailed with lots of embroidery and applique. I loved the green bushes on the runway, like a little maze in a park. I also loved the red glittery lips which were done by Pat McGrath and involved covering the models mouths in tiny red crystals! These shows are successfully creating a fantasy that draws you in to their beautiful world for twenty minutes and allows you to immerse yourself in their stunning clothes. I love watching footage of the actual shows.  I have included the following three photos below because I’m mad about  the little organza embroidered gloves.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

I wonder how many of these beautiful Couture dresses are going to find their way to the Oscars red carpet next month.

Crystal mouths at Dior image from fashionista.com

Crystal mouths at Dior image from fashionista.com

I was interested in what I understand the definition of the term Haute Couture to be so I looked in to it. The term has become loosely used to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as London, Milan, New York or Tokyo but should really only be used by actual members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture . To be called a haute couture house, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry.

There are fifteen full and six guest members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture  which allows them to call themselves Haute Couture houses. I found this on Wikipedia.

‘The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.

To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:

  • Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
  • Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
  • Must have twenty full-time technical people in at least one atelier (workshop).
  • Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.

All images are from style.com

I have selected few of the looks I liked the best from the Spring Couture shows but they are all so beautiful it’s hard to pick! Elie Saab’s entire collection was perfection.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

I can’t begin to imagine the fairy tale that wearing one of these enchanting dresses would be. The fabrics are stunning and I love the textures of the lace, organza, sequins and tulle together.

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

I love these multi string floral necklaces from Giambattista Valli, hopefully there will be something similar in Louvisa or Diva soon and we can buy lots of strings and wear them together!

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Tulle eyes at Chanel image from fashionista.com

Tulle eyes at Chanel image from fashionista.com

These amazing “Miss Haversham” eyes done by Peter Phillips at Chanel were created by sticking cut out tulle onto the models eyes.

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel

I really like these long boots that almost become leggings or tights that Chanel have shown. There seems to be a bit of it, Balmain have also shown very long, almost legging boots in the Pre Fall 13 collection. They look very elegant and elongate the leg.Chanel

Chanel
Chanel

Chanel

Balmain Pre Fall 13 boots

Balmain Pre Fall 13 boots

Armani

Armani

Armani

Armani

Country Road’s windows caught my eye this week when I was wandering around. After all the beautiful bright and summery colours and prints we have been seeing, I liked the simplicity of their black and white windows. Inside the store the clothes are classic basics that can be paired with colours or worn on their own. I particularly liked the spotted jumper that also comes in black with white spots. I bought it in black to wear with textured or printed bottoms during Fall.

Country Road

Country Road

Country Road

Country Road

Spotted sweater at Country Road

Spotted sweater at Country Road

Country Road

Country Road

I really like this silver metallic linen skirt. It’s a beautiful texture and can be worn with anything, peplum tops, sweaters, blouses or t shirts, in any colours.

Country Road

Country Road

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2 Responses to Spring Couture 2013,and Black and White

  1. Anne says:

    I was smitten by the Christian Dior collection — esp the sheer dresses with flower overlays. Makes me wish I lived in an age when these were everyday wear (Downton Abbey, anyone?)

    • shirlcatts says:

      I agree! just once I’d love to wear something really amazing go to a ball or somewhere special. I love the way they dressed for every occasion through the day in the early 1900’s. There were clothes for breakfast, or going for a walk and clothes for dinner, wonderful.

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