PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2012 – TOP 10Posted: 26/08/2012
Fall/Winter 2012/13 ends in Paris with an interesting but subdued haute couture season in comparison to the latter. With Atelier Versace re-launching last season, Raf Simons being appointed as the new Creative Director of Dior and an array of sociocultural, political and economic trends arising in the past year, I was looking forward to see what couture had to offer but wasn’t as thrilled as I usually am, except by the top 10 I’ve picked that distinctly captured the essence of what haute couture really is about. That being said, the season is exquisite in its own right, with the perfect combination and balance in almost every aspect – drama & sobriety, symbolism & practicality, innovation & identity, silhouette & texture.
Ethereal romanticism, minimalism, technologically influenced innovation and a postmodern baroque blend are certain significant trends at the forefront of the season; with androgynous, masculine, geometric and architectural references seen at various instances. Serene floral & artsy prints, heavy-duty embroidery, a mixture of heavy & lightweight fabrics and fur seem to be dominant textures, either done monochromatically or progressing across the garment/look in terms of fabrication and colour. There seems to be an innovative push in the silhouettes, with exaggerated volumes, oversized hips away from the body, rounded, squared & dropped shoulders and capacious & draped peplums all put together with a harmonious fusion of the structured & unstructured, tailored & draped. Intricate embroidery, ruffles & frills, ornate motifs, face-covering headgear, fringing and feathers are other notable statement-making details running throughout the season. White, gold, wine and black dominate the season’s color palette, while bluish-greys, navy & sky blue, chocolate browns, toffee, creamy & greyish-beige, teal, intense greens and deep olives are gorgeously blended with corals & salmon, purple, blue & pink sheers and yellow color pops.
1. IRIS VAN HERPEN
2. STÉPHANE ROLLAND
3. ELIE SAAB
4. Riccardo Tisci for GIVENCHY
5. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI
6. CHRISTOPHE JOSSE
7. JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
8. ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER
9. Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pier Paolo Piccioli for VALENTINO
10. Giorgio Armani for GIORGIO ARMANI PRIVÉ
That’s that for Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/13; I hope the article was informative, enjoyable and helps inspire your identity, fashion and styling choices for the forthcoming season.
To watch full show videos of Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012, visit my YouTube channel @ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL985E2AEA16863183&feature=plcp
Stay tuned for updates on Menswear and Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2013!
Wishing you a fierce, fabulous and flawless fall/winter 2012! 🙂 X
All images (2012) [online images]. Available from: <http://www.vogue.it/en/shows/season/haute-couture-fall-winter-2012> [Accessed: 24.08.2012]
Elie Saab (2012) [online images]. Available from: <http://www.vogue.com.au/fashion+shows/haute+couture/elie+saab+2012+13,s9551> [Accessed: 24.08.2012]
Valentino (2012) [online images]. Available from: <http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2012/couture/valentino/full-length-photos#> [Accessed: 24.08.2012]