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The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 3 of Couture Fashion Week

Et, c’est la fin. On the third and final day of the couture shows, Jean Paul Gaultier said "Jai Ho!" while at Valentino, though they swore they hadn't called Karl and Raf, Maria and Pierpaolo let the garden grow.

Et, c’est la fin. On the third and final day of the couture shows, Jean Paul Gaultier said "Jai Ho!" while at Valentino, though they swore they hadn't called Karl and Raf, Maria and Pierpaolo let the garden grow.

Jean Paul Gaultier Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier

  • "Did the Pondicherry landscape in "Life of Pi" inspire Jean Paul Gaultier's latest Indian-themed collection? Whatever the reason, the one shoulder sari-styles, scarves and silk "shalwar" pants all made for a fun, endearing display." [The Associated Press]
  • "Leave it to French fashion's eternal enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier, to pull off the stunt of the spring/summer haute couture season." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Jean Paul Gaultier isn't known for being a wallflower. That may be the reason he shunned this week's obsession with flora and fauna and looked to a spicier inspiration for his couture collection shown in Paris" [

    The Independent]

  • "How is it possible that Mr. Gaultier, although living a little on his laurels and sending out the familiar pointed bras and nude pink corsets, can still make his couture a cauldron bubbling with ideas?" [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Gaultier has always been an iconoclast who lives to challenge the norm. Maybe the overwrought Real Housewives 'vibrancy' of this presentation was the latest manifestation of that impulse. Or maybe it was a canny acknowledgement of the fact that, right now, there is a couture client somewhere in the world who lives for a gold python trenchcoat." []
  • "Gaultier’s wonderful, singing palette ran the gamut from spice tones of saffron, turmeric, cardamon, and paprika to the brilliant colors of the sari markets." []
  • "Gaultier’s theme—Indian Gypsies—offered plenty of room to roam. Yet this time he refused to let cartoonish instincts infringe on his message of pure haute, one signaled with the first look out, an amethyst and brown plissé jersey gown with a long braid in the back. It was a study in elegance." [WWD]

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Valentino Designers: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

  • "Delicacy, nature, architecture and timeless, effortless beauty.Those words describe one of the most sumptuous displays seen this season—courtesy of Valentino." [The Associated Press]
  • "For a seasonal shot of Valentino red, look no further than a superb caped shift for an insta-update to the house's staple skirtsuits.

    Bien fait, darlings." [Daily Front Row]

  • "This was the standout show of the week; workmanship to swoon and sigh over, and clothes you actually want—scratch that, would love—to wear." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "In a season dominated by nature and, in particular, gardens, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's interpretation of the theme for Valentino haute couture was among the most beautiful." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The last word on botanical beauty was whisper quiet. Valentino ended the summer 2013 shows on Wednesday with a collection of intense handwork and subtle restraint." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "'Really, we didn’t call Karl and Raf,' Pierpaolo Piccioli, who, with Maria Grazia Chiuri, designs Valentino, said with a laugh. It would be O.K. if they had, since the Valentino clothes owed their pure lines and filigree embroidery to garden architecture — mazes, terraces, curling ironwork—from the Renaissance. Traced in piping on a cream evening cape or embossed on the stiff skirt of a wool day dress, these patterns are gutsy." [The New York Times]
  • "Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli threw down a gauntlet with the ravishing Couture collection they showed for Valentino tonight. We all knew that beauty like this came at an exalted dollars-and-cents price. But the duo enumerated the human cost in the show notes that sat on everyone's seats." []
  • "The exquisite Valentino show was a fitting end to the couture season; a joyous celebration of the infinite possibilities of the unfettered imagination and of craftsmanship—craftsmanship that in this house sometimes borders on the miraculous." []
  • "A poignant moment occurred at the end of the Valentino couture show this evening as Mr. Valentino himself stood up to kiss and congratulate Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the co-designers of the famed label for the past five years, on their show. Now that’s praise indeed." [ UK]
  • "Gardens are glorious, and the Roman duo nourished their theme with a distinctive Italian touch, from the spaghetti-like embroideries coiled on coats and dresses—echoing the curlicues on fancy metal gates and grills—to the imposing line of coronation robes that they built into minimalist gowns, a nod to the royals depicted in paintings by Italian masters." [WWD]