The Couture Week in Paris this Fall saw some of the most “un-couture-like” designs being sent sashaying down the ramp. Designers seemed determined to convince their audiences that “haute couture” does not necessarily mean shiny, long-trailing gowns and evening dresses covered in embellishments. And convince us they did, because we thought their light, wearable-during-the-day designs were as amazing and well-made as their gowns.
Alexandre Vauthier and Atelier Versace gave us sensually provocative designs, teasing the sensibilities with sheers and cut-outs. Karl Lagerfeld embellished the Chanel collection with concrete beads (yes, actually), while Raf Simons leaped through centuries for Dior. Giambattista Valli and Schiaparelli collections were like a whimsical melody, while Alexis Mabille and Bouchra Jarrar decided to favour masculine lines, the latter more sporty. Maison Martin Margiela put together couture patches to make beautiful gowns, fusing sporty bombers with pretty maxis. Valentino’s collection dripped with ancient Greek influence, while Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad stuck to their usual red carpet worthy evening wear focusing on intricate embellishments.
From amidst a whirlpool of furs, feathers, ombres, drapes, puffy wedding gowns and never ending trails, we bring you the SC favourites from the Fall 2014 Couture Week, Paris.