PARIS HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2013 – TOP 10


Spring/Summer 2013 ends in Paris with the tiny 4-day slot dedicated to haute couture – a definite take off from the last season, with quite an interesting mix of juxtapositions running throughout the season within various capacities. Trend and cohesion-wise, there isn’t much to fall back on, which undoubtedly won’t affect you as a consumer but definitely everyone in the supply chain it filters down to.  As Iris Van Herpen, Atelier Versace and Stephané Rolland blew me away as always, I think Elie Saab, Valentino and Giorgio Armani Privé have been quite static for a few seasons now and could have really pushed the envelope in terms of innovation. Not to mention and sadly so, Givenchy has decided to take a break from haute couture and share its resplendent creations with select clients only.

Retro, art deco and glam rock references are at the forefront of the season, while 1970’s punks meet space-age geishas and the original “New Look” translates into a juxtaposed new look of postmodern time. Basket weave manipulations, heavy placement embroidery, sequins, intricate cutwork and an abundance of tulle are opulently seen alongside more fluid, lighter textiles such as silk, satin and sheers. Also, there were quite a few moments of fur and wool, which is quite surprising considering the season in question. A captivating blend of classic tailoring alongside innovative silhouettes is apparent, with fitted & flared shapes and graphic cuts taking the front row. White seems to be the most dominant colour of the season, with black, emerald green, blood red, fresh pastels and chrome yellow to follow. A sea of layering, frills, paneled applications, surprises at the back and bulky accessories are certain evident details, with strapless, high-neck/waist and knee/ankle-length proportions in the foreground.

1. IRIS VAN HERPEN

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2. Donatella Versace for ATELIER VERSACE

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3. STÉPHANE ROLLAND

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4. GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

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5. ZUHAIR MURAD

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6. ELIE SAAB

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7. Giovanni Bedin for WORTH

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8. Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pier Paolo Piccioli for VALENTINO

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9. BOUCHRA JARRAR

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10. Giorgio Armani for GIORGIO ARMANI PRIVÉ

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That’s that for Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013; I hope the article was informative, exciting and inspirational in some capacity.

To watch full show videos of Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013, visit my YouTube channel @ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdRvGI3XoFUIb6a2Xq5wLCZLdVY3EsNsm/

Stay tuned for updates on Menswear and Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 2013 to follow shortly!

Wishing you a fashionably sick Spring/Summer 2013! 🙂 X

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

All images (2013) [online images]. Available from: <http://www.vogue.it/en/shows/season/haute-couture-spring-summer-2013/> [Accessed: 18.03.2013]

Stephané Rolland (2013) [online images]. Available from: <http://djursh.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Stephane%20Rolland/> [Accessed: 18.03.2013]

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