Monday, February 7, 2011

A Look at Haute Couture 2011

Dior
When I think haute couture, I think expectations.  I expect amazing details and fantasy luxe.  These pieces are hand-sewn, custom-fit for each buyer.  It takes up to six months to have an haute couture piece created just for you. We won't even touch on the thousands of dollars a  design costs - which makes sense since these are custom-made creations by the best designers.  After all these pieces do not go out on loaner to celebrities for even the red carpet events.


Dior

John Paul Gautlier
Armani




Elie Saab




























Chanel



The shows ended only a week ago. As I look at the designs, I like to fantasize about the woman who would wear, and where she'd wear them.  I visualize the haute couture customer as being royalty, perhaps dignitaries, or rich collectors/fashionistas ... and I'm talking uber-rich ... not Posh or the Real Housewives. These pieces go to museums, not sample sales. This is where the best of the best let their creative wings fly free.

Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal
Considering all of the above, which designers stood out?   There was a three-way tie for the beautiful details; Elie Saab, Dior and Basil Soda. My vote for the most uber-creative and way out designers were Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal and On Aura Tout Vu ... My mouth fell open when I saw a model balancing a bird's nest that was the torso portion of an otherwise beautiful lace gown in the color of creamed-butter.

Elie Saab
Two designers who caught my eye were Maxime Simoens (his label is @ two years old) and Stephane Rolland (who left a 10-year tenure at Jean-Louis Scherrer to start his own label in 2007).


Maxime Simoens
Maxime Simoens


Stephane Rolland

Stephane Rolland
Stephane Rolland
Stephane Rolland


photos courtesy of Vogue Paris