We want more! Spring Couture week has wrapped and left us wanting more decadence, more designs and more fantasy. In case you missed them, check out our Chanel, Christian Dior, and Jean Paul Gaultier reviews. In between the shows, celebrities and fashion insiders attended parties and posed for front row photos, reminding us of the glamorous life couture breeds. Even Tina Turner got in on the action! Take a peek at all the glitz and glam as we say au revoir to Spring Couture..
Can you guess what the inspiration behind Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring couture collection was? I'll let the man himself explain: "I saw Avatar and, like everyone, found it extraordinary. And from there, I began thinking of nature and ecology, and the Latin American tropics and from there it was not very far to Mexico," explained Gaultier. Spanish influences were realised via embroidery, white ruffled blouses, shawls, and refined black separates. A black and white Aztec motif stands out, while some creations perfectly blend sci-fi with the primitive. The most awe inspiring were beaded, feathered, sculpted, and adorned with exotic accessories. Karlie could upstage Neytiri in her decadent feather fan hoop skirt, tailored jacket, and headdress. Get ready to go back to Pandora . read more
Couture week continued in Paris yesterday as Givenchy presented its Spring collection. Creative Director Riccardo Tisci gave the label gothic undertones with seventies inspired floor sweeping gowns. Alongside these dresses, sharp tailored tuxedo jackets and embellished t-shirts with ostrich feathers also featured. Campaign star Natalia Vodianova appeared (in the place of Mariacarla Boscono who wasn't able to make it) on the catwalk along with newly engaged Lara Stone. Minus the dramatic hair and makeup, these couture pieces are utterly wearable and quite romantic. Have a peek through the gallery and see what you think.
As we're in the midst of awards season, you can almost guarantee that one of these Armani Prive gowns will make a red carpet appearance over the next few weeks. Who can forget Angelina Jolie's tight strapless number at the 2009 BAFTAs which was hot off the catwalk? This Spring, the collection was two tone with creations ranging from trouser suits to dramatic ball gowns. As always, the beauty of these designs lay in the details like asymmetric hemlines, bubble capes, and crescent moon applique. The whole range was based on the moon, as Giorgio explained, "I always need a hook to get into a collection, and that was it—thinking about something romantic and dreamy, far away from our everyday life. Something less harsh." That idea was present in the luminescent fabrics, curved-shaped dresses and smooth-edged jackets.
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Inspired by one of the first American fashion designers, Charles James, renowned for being a master at cutting, the influence is evident in Galliano's highly dramatic, sculptured forms.
Christian Dior's current muse, Karlie Kloss, was adorably severe in a red peplum jacket and asymmetrical plaid skirt, veiled topper, whip, and riding boots, while equestrian style and romantic details featured heavily in bowed, cinched, and pleated gowns. Part fantasy, part fabulous. Enjoy the exquisite Dior couture collection.
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Kylie Minogue attended the Dior couture show at Paris Fashion week yesterday, sitting in her grey dress alongside Paz Vega, Maggie Cheung and a black-clad Dita von Teese in the front row. Dita and Kylie also chatted to designer John Galliano after the show. Kylie's one of the generous celebs joining Robbie Williams and Take That on the bill for Simon Cowell's charity single in aid of Haiti. It's also been revealed that Kylie's mother emigrated to Australia from Wales when she was 12 years old.
The Spring couture shows are currently underway in Paris, which means it's time for star-studded front rows. Anne Hathaway was Giorgio Armani's guest of honour yesterday, though she was able to tear herself away from his runway full of red carpet-worthy gowns long enough to exchange loving glances with her boyfriend Adam Shulman. Anne has a big week ahead of her—she's set to announce the Oscar nominations in LA on February 2. Elsewhere in Paris, Hilary Swank joined Inglourious Basterds's Melanie Laurent at a collection from Etam designed by the model Natalia Vodianova. Yesterday brought Karl Lagerfeld's latest collection for Chanel, which went with a "neon baroque" theme. Pregnant Claudia Schiffer was there to join Alexa Chung and the always attention-grabbing Kanye West and Amber Rose. For more on the fashion front, be sure to stay tuned to Fab.
Karl Lagerfeld concocted an extra special couture collection for Spring '10. The inspiration — "neon baroque" — was devoid of his usual hues of black and navy. "It's the first time in my whole career I've done a collection without black or navy. There's not one gold button," said Lagerfeld. Interestingly enough, the concept was a result of "electronic flashes" he experienced in his sleep. "I saw it in a dream and I made the sketches . . . at five o'clock in the morning." With fresh ingenuity, the designer sent his models down the runway with awesome Minnie Mouse hair in a rainbow of whimsical colour. Brights pastels, ice blues, and minty fresh hues were cut into delicious frothy tiered frocks, cocoon wraps, culottes, and sleek silky dresses. His iconic tweed suit was present, but has been updated with flashy metallic embroidery, sequins, and fun florals. Metallic silver footwear also added a modern touch. The perfect ending? Abbey Lee Kershaw, draped in a lace and silk gown, and Baptiste Giabiconi, shining in a foil suit, walking down the runway as bride and groom. Exquisite.
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