The beauty of Haute Couture is the glamour, the knowledge that the garments take hundreds of hours to produce, mostly by hand, nearly all bespoke, and always with no real budget in mind, it is why I love it so much as it is basically pure fantasy, and it’s the wedding gowns that inspire the most.
I think this has been one of the best Paris Haute Couture Week’s for a while, truly inspiring craftsmanship that really showcased the best in forward-thinking designs, and the bridal gowns were just exquisite. Elie Saab always inspires brides with his beaded beauties, but I’ve also included gorgeous, dramatic and sexy gowns by Zuhair Murad, Ralph & Russo, Versace, and a contemporary, quirky gown designed by Jean Paul Gaultier that if I had seen it before my own wedding I think I would have totally fallen in love with that tiered tulle skirt.
Haute couture is usually exquisitely crafted gowns, dripping in beads, sequins, Swarosvki crystals, and delicate embroideries, which have taken hundreds of hours to produce by hand – that is why I adore it so much, it showcases the brilliance of fashion and techniques that should be admired and promoted.
However, it seems that each season we get a taste of the ordinary reworked in an opulent fashion, maybe it is for shock-and-awe, maybe it is to bridge the gap between couture and ready-to-wear, or maybe it is just to make an elaborate statement.
Whatever the reason, here are three things I spotted this season that I never expected to see on a haute couture runway:
Elie Saab is a genius at creating glamour that oozes confidence, which is probably why he is so popular with Hollywood’s leading ladies, as well as his designs standing out so much on the red carpet. This week the designer showcased his spring/summer 2015 couture collection, which should be renamed as the Oscar best dressed shortlist, as there were so many gowns that hit the runway that should be destined for red carpet glory.
As with Chanel and Armani nature played inspiration to the collection, with oversize blooms and abstract tree-bark effects featuring on gorgeous sheer gowns. But as always with Elie Saab it was the softer, romantic, Disney-princess gowns that captured my heart the most, which really were exquisite with his signature sequinned embroideries teamed with Ostrich feathers that looked incredible swishing down the runway, oh how I wish I had seen these gowns up close.