Elie Saab makes princess dresses like no other–and the little girl inside many of us will find a special thrill in watching the all-glitter trails, bustiers and other designs so far from daily reality.
Yesterday’s fall couture show proved no different.
When attending an Armani Privé show, observing the audience is almost as fascinating as watching the show: a bejewelled front row in couture gowns–mostly composed of old movie stars–and frantic clapping at the sight of especially glittery dresses.
The show also proved to be a moment of Dolce Vita. In a symphony of nude tones, the collection explored vintage glamour
Naturally, sexy touches ran like a red thread through Alexandre Vauthier’s fall couture show.
With this latest couture collection, his third for the house, Raf Simons seemed to be honoring founder Christian Dior whilst propelling the label into a digital, multicultural age.
From Inès de la Fressange to Charlotte Gainsbourg, French fashion has always embraced the rebellious privileged classes–it’s an Amélie-esque world both raunchy and aristocratic, wrapped in nothing but Chanel tweed and macarons.
Which is not to say this perspective hasn’t led to beautiful imagery. But to locals, it might feel a tad slanted. Dior’s runway might be all-white, but France is a multicultural nation. From the May ‘68 student revolts to recent angst-led riots in the banlieues, resonant street life occupies a key place in collective memories.
The latest issue of Antidote–an annual coffee table-like magazine shot entirely by a single photographer—-focuses on the street. Rather than being a spectator of ‘high’ fashion, Antidote celebrates urban life as something that ignites sartorial energy.
Paris might be home to a legacy of traditional Haute Couture masters, but it appears that, lately, the city has become aware of its experimental, cutting-edge potential (If London had its own couture week, these might be its budding stars).
Here are six designers that would make Coco Chanel a tad restless.
One of Russia’s favorite it-girls, loved by street style photographers for her Anna Karenina-inspired style, Sergeenko launched her couture line last season. The result was a nostalgic yet coherent collection.
This season, she continued to experiment with traditional Russian imagery, and decided to merge the Soviet fairy tale illustrations of her childhood with Civil War era Americana–specifically in homage to Gone with the Wind.
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But the country has rarely been a hot bed for indie press–one tends to look across the Channel for the kind of zine with that raw, homemade quality.
Nevertheless, things seem to be changing.
Well, last night, a documentary about her premiered in Paris, directed by the young Hugo Lopez. Zahia de Z à A (Zahia from Z to A) follows each step of the creation of her last collection, all the way to the show, and gives us a peek into her candy-colored life.