Haute couture has just paraded in Paris. As every season, it presents every 6 months the work of major French houses and that of new designers who hope to win the so-called haute couture label.
What’s the point of haute couture?
Dior, Chanel, Gaultier, Vauthier, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, private Armani, Givenchy, Maison Margiella, Stéphane Rolland, Schiaparelli, … All presented their new collection on the season of summer 2018 with more or less brio and genius. The goal for you is to look at everything, it is very important to know everything in haute couture, then in ready-to-wear women, men, etc. It is essential to know those who make fashion, changes of artistic direction etc.
How can you be fashionable if you do not know who is doing it today, how can you create without knowing what is going on in 2018? It is essential to know fashion from the beginning to understand and analyze it. Watch every 6 months all the collections of the biggest fashion week in order to make your own opinion and then propose your own fashion.
Here is a summary of the latest collections to discover yourself on the websites; it is a way that I give you so that you make the habit to consult them. There are collections of the house, but also its history, its DNA, and it is essential to visit regularly for your fashion culture!
This season Karl Lagerfeld has not only grown his beard, he has created a collection rooted in the French spirit. After the cruise collection presented in Hamburg, he wanted to create something lighter, more frivolous, more French, by offering us a very fresh collection, with the spirit of the house that I find at the moment very beginning of the Twentieth century.
The collection is as always fair, young, and commercial and yet in the tone of the moment; the girls are beautiful and the scenography is superb. We are projected in a French garden! The collection offers a romantic wardrobe with lots of small pieces very light, everything is embroidered, the range of colors revolves around pastel shades in the spirit of the 18th century French. It’s a big collection!
This season, Maria Grazia Chiuri is still exploring her aesthetic fantasies to offer us a beautiful collection, very beautiful even. I’m not a big fan of what this designer does, formerly in partnership with Valentino’s creator. Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVMH Group which owns the Dior brand, separated the duo to bring the Italian designer to Dior.
I will not tell you about her first collections at Dior, which I found boring, but this season, she surpassed herself by offering a very chic collection, very structured, with a makeup and hairstyles that embellished the models and constituted a beautiful consistency at the parade cabin. It’s very strong collection presents a series of white looks, then black and sometimes dotted with colors: one is in an enchanted place; a forest … The designer likes these places, perhaps related to childhood memories? She mixes haute couture with contemporary art by associating fashion designers with artists. She creates between dream and reality. Anyway, the collection is to see!
Claire Waight Keller, formerly creator of the Chloé house, takes the place left by Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy. This British designer has already proven herself in the house Chloe for a few seasons. His arrival at Givenchy was eagerly awaited!
In my opinion, the challenge is met; Claire offers a large Haute Couture collection. The bet was not won, because starting in a new home through haute couture is less easy than in the ready-to-wear collection. And yet, she arrived there.
She tells us the story of the twinkling of the moon on a garden in spring bathing the flowers of silvery light. The collection invokes a conversation between structure and movement combining dense opulence with extreme purity and mixing noble materials with more contemporary materials such as latex. The collection that I advise you to see is a very large collection and very elegant.
As usual, Jean-Paul Gautier offers a rich collection of many stories, so much so that it is often difficult to follow. This season, he pays tribute to the designer he has always admired, Pierre Cardin, who was present at the parade. It presents a collection with very structured looks mixing asymmetry on certain pieces. He also created some fuzzy silhouettes anchored in the spirit of the 60s, the favorite period of couturier Pierre Cardin. The collection is successful, there is a nice consistency between all the looks and, as always, we feel the festive spirit that animates the designer and the house.