PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2012 – TOP 10


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

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

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]

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6 Comments on “PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2012 – TOP 10”

  1. raimon says:

    I loved it! Amazing looks! I specially like the first two ones. Lovely!

  2. Stuber says:

    Great selection, however I disagree with two… Giorgio Armani Privé and Valentino. they seem to me to be onsolete. verry good choice about iris Van herpen<, congratuations for having the guts to put her in the frist seat. I wuld have thought, just becasue you like innovation, that you would have put Julien Fournié in this list ? Do you know this designer ? have you seen the photos ? It could be a great discovery if you haven't.

    • Vir Shete says:

      Hi, thank you so much! 🙂 I completely agree with you on Giorgio Armani Privé and Valentino but quite honestly, I wasn’t as impressed with Haute Couture this season as I usually am (except for a very few) and towards the end, I had to merely “settle down” in order to sum up the entire season through 10 picks. Also, I do know Julien Fournié and found his collection to be pretty cool and “innovative” but there were certain aspects that disagreed with me.

  3. wow! all looks beautiful in dresses.I like it .This is grear collection of fashion dresses.


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