The presentations themselves gave us plenty to talk about.
This ain't your high school cotillion.
From "Prettiest Overall" to "Best Bedazzled Lower Leg."
Here comes the bride(s)...
Are you digging out your old plastic butterfly clips now or... now?
If you were looking for an excuse to book a trip to Paris this holiday season, here's a great one: French department store Monoprix is offering designer dresses for under $125.
Four cities, one season: Fall 2013. Nemo kicked the collections off and every city to follow added its own dose of wintry chill. Somehow all that cold weather caused a discernible note of restraint to float through the collections. Don’t worry--the passion and excitement were still there, but designers actively pursued defining new ways we can really dress next fall. These looks felt grounded in the return of the “Lady," as fashion’s pendulum swung away from the risqué, toward the refreshingly refined (spike-studded shoulders be damned). Check out our top trends for fall in the slide show.
Now comes the fun part! After a long night of staying up way way past our bedtimes laughing, crying, singing, and yawning along with the 85th annual Academy Awards, we've scoured the far reaches of Getty Images to bring you our picks for best and worst dressed.
Unlike Juicy Couture or Zahia Dehar's 'couture' lingerie line, Maison Martin Margiela and Alexis Mabille can now, in good faith, call their couture lines haute couture.
All the glamour of the Paris shows. All the comfort of your sweat pants.
Barbie may be the go-to popular plastic doll for fashion collaborations in the U.S., but in Paris next week, it's going to be all about Strawberry Shortcake, or Charlotte aux Fraises, as she's known in the city of lights.
Paris couture week is officially over. In case you were too focused on Raf Simons' and Kimye's couture debuts to take everything in, those dilligent couturiers showed some pretty great collections. Nothing compares to couture, a thriving and important part of the fashion industry. The fall 2012 collections were full of so much delicate, restrained gorgeousness it was tough to pick our favorites (especially when it came to Dior and Valentino), but we did our best. So, click through for one last look (well, until all the celebs start wearing them) at the 25 dresses we found ourselves gawking at--in a good way.
We look forward to the couture collections for so many reasons--the pure fantasy of it all, the exquisite details, and of course, the often equally as fantastical beauty looks. We've already broken down the gorgeous looks at Chanel (left), but here's a look at the rest of the collections. From elaborate hair accessories to full-face makeup, click through for our favorite beauty looks from the spring 2012 couture collections.
It's hard to generalize about the beauty looks across the major fashion capitals, but we're going to go ahead and do it anyway. New York is either easy-breezy or loud and brash. London makeup artists usually go crazy with their palettes, while Milan is generally sophisticated and strong. Paris, much like many of the runway collections, is pretty with a theatrical streak. Check out our favorite looks (which, as usual, are the ones that are the most fun to look at.) Though this season we may have to try a few of these out in real life. Photos: Imaxtree
Another couture season is behind us, leaving in its wake more Dior rumors, a rare Alaia show, and lots of strange hair accessories. It was a gorgeous week for beauty, though. If nails were less-than-spectacular--we're moving towards a more ladylike manicure, perhaps--the eyes were artful and strong. Lips were mostly neutral with a few notable exceptions. And hair ran the gamut from punky to slick to softly romantic. Click through to see the best beauty looks from the Paris Fall 2011 couture shows. *Photos: Imaxtree
Runway shows are all about giving the audience an idea of a designer's influence. Hair often completes a look, and many times can be more riveting than the clothes themselves. During this couture week, designers were obviously bored by the limitations of hair alone and added adornments, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Click through to check out some of the hair fashion from this week's couture shows.
Obviously couture is all about the clothes. However, many designers also get pretty fanciful with hair and makeup, too, which makes the whole package really fun to watch. That's not the case with manicures so far this couture season. The shows are only half over, but so far manis have been fairly sedate.
PARIS--It's always fascinating to see how one dominating trend can lead to such varied re-interpretations. No need to tell you this fashion week’s leading look is 1950s yacht wear: blue, white and Moët. Yet two shows yesterday offered a radically different way of going on holiday.
Predicting what the nominees will wear to the Oscars is trickier than picking the winners. There are probably over 100 amazing Oscar-worthy dresses that walk the runway each season, but the reality is that most celebs would rather stick with a safe choice than a fashion forward one. This year, however, the nominees have a better fashion history than most. Nicole Kidman has turned heads in Galliano and Balenciaga, Michelle Williams favors the up-and-coming crowd, and Hailee Steinfeld is not afraid to take a daring risk, be it in Prada or Prabal. Click through to see what I hope the nominees are wearing this Sunday.
At the couture shows, one expects flair and drama. Beauty is an important part of any runway show, but it's taken to a different level in couture. It's either masterfully understated to let the clothes shine, or a literal extension of the couture pieces themselves. The Spring 2011 couture shows delivered flair in abundance. Yes, there were quiet and pretty moments, like at Elie Saab and Valentino. And Jean Paul Gaultier was kind of a hot mess, mixing Marcel waves, braids, and mohawks--though he did a magnificent elongated cat eye, so we’ll forgive him for the hair. A few trends emerged as well--some things to watch for in the upcoming A/W 2011 shows, perhaps? -Asian models: Givenchy used all Asian girls, as befitted the Japanese theme (though many weren’t Japanese). Elie Saab used three, all in a row and all dressed in red. Does two make a trend? We’ll see. -High blush to the temples: Chanel and Valentino both put blush in unnatural places (coincidentally not unlike Justin Bieber did at the Golden Globes). Start at the high cheek bone and blend to the lower orbital bone, then continue right up to the temples. Instant couture glow. -Cat eye with a twist: Chanel did a thick cat eye that cut up towards the brow rather than out horizontally. Dior did a double cat eye, with wings extending from both the upper and lower lids. Jean Paul Gaultier’s was a traditional shape, but exaggerated almost out to the hairline. So what were our favorite looks at the shows? Click through to find out.