Reader Brittany sent us in a great little video that is not only fun to watch, but actually educational. "The Secret World of Haute Couture" explains, well, the secret (private) world of haute couture - specifically, the ladies who can and do afford it. It's the first in a series of six, which you can watch here if you're boss is out of the office/you're still on winter break. We kind of love the American that leads you into the world of the highest kind of fashion in the video above - she was the only one who would come right out and talk to BBC, who put this project together. Watch and learn...
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Where Are the American Haute Couture Designers?
The fall couture shows ended last week, with successful collections from established designers like Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel to newer, more experimental collections from the likes of Iris van Herpen. Countries like Germany, France, Italy, and Belgium all had talent represented on the runways. But if you're looking for a great American name in haute couture, you're going to have to dig deeper.
Into the Woods at Chanel Haute Couture
PARIS: A pile of sand--dry, not the kind dumped on top of the icy streets outside--and a small forest greeted guests as they entered the Grand Palais this morning for the Chanel Haute Couture show. Sounds of birds chirping could be heard in the distance. A wooden walkway curved through this small pine and oak forest. At the summit of the climb was a semi-circular Roman amphitheater--the perch from which fashion's elite would take in the collection.
Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011: The Portrait of a New Couture
Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt. PARIS--As she emerged from under the black glass backdrop wearing a white tweed wool flare jacket with a spider web of black jet beads dripping down the front and back, Stella Tennant’s incredibly light footsteps and easy composure ushered in a new chapter in the storied history of Chanel Haute Couture. Karl Lagerfeld seems to be saying that couture should be as easy and effortless as wearing jeans. The starting point of this soft and airy collection was the rejected portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel. It was drawn by the artist Marie Laurencin in 1923 while the designer was working on costumes for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes Le Train Bleu. In that portrait, Chanel wore a soft, one-shoulder dress—but she refused to purchase the painting. In Mr. Lagerfeld’s hands, history is just a momentary reference, an embrace and appreciation of the culture of a different time and place. The spring couture show moved beyond the incredible Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection, staged in the transformed Grand Palais, into an Alain Resnais 1961 movie set.
Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2012: Pure Fairytale
PARIS--Giambattista Valli’s show last night was exactly how I used to imagine the haute couture world as a child: gorgeous items unveiled in intimate, gold-leaf interiors, to a crowd who seems to wear them on a daily basis. Held in a salon at the Hôtel de Crillon, the collection was presented to a small crowd, sans standing space. No gimmicks, no conceptual nonsense – only models undulating around the room in pristine ball gowns and cocktail dresses, to the 'oohs' and 'aahs' of Salma Hayek and Diane Kruger.