Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fresh: Haute Couture in Paris

Une semaine de la mode et de la couture. Une semaine d’exquisément et de joie. C’était la semaine qu’on n’a pu pas ignorer...

My scruffy French skills may not be all that, but the Fall/Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, honestly was. Intensive beading and ethereal gowns with a contrast of futurism and simplicity prominently depicted yet another successful week of wearable art.

We all know Paris is the soul and heart for all things fashion. The early days of July certainly had the quaint and culture-rich town buzzing with stylish fashionistas and experts. From a small town in South Africa, the anticipation exploded within our wakes as we waited for each show’s revelation. It was everything and more.

Giorgio Armani Prive seduced us in red and black. Chanel showered its garments with expertise. Elie Saab continues to strike us with awe. Maison Martin Margiela’s masks lives up to its vibrant colour palette. Viktor & Rolf reminds us the powerful passion that lies within the colour red. Elegant Christian Dior diversifies the runway from clean to comfy in one collection. Versace, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Stephane Rolland, Zuhair Murad... All equally practice with expertise on a completely different level.

Atelier Versace

Luxe, glamour and the essence of sensuality – a mere description of Atelier Versace’s collection. Versace’s collection caresses the silhouette of a woman, with deep and bold shades, clinched-in waists and strong structures. Donatello outdid herself, as she always does. This is a collection for the strong women with an eccentric and feminine twist.

Giambattista Valli

A shirt, sunglasses and a twisted turban is all you need to be looking out for with Giambattista Vali’s Haute Couture. The soft silhouettes move with each model’s movement, and the overall monochrome with its hints of colour and detail, creates a statement collection.


Le Corbusier, who added concrete as an essential part of modern architecture, was Karl’s main inspiration for this season’s collection. Pieces resembled moulds and mosaic-like tiles, and statement items consisted out of luxurious coats, dresses, skirts, maxi skirts and shorts. Again, Karl went anti-runway with his addition of fashionable flats. Careful embroidery and attention to detail strikes the audience with Chanel’s essence.

Elie Saab

It’s all in the name. Elie Saab is a master in designing for women. This season, he continues to reach and depose our expectations. Versatile embroidery, whimsical allure of fabric and just an overall ethereal dream; a description of this season’s haute couture. Each creation that walked down his runway, shined with the extraordinary talent that depicts Elie Saab.  Without further ado, the pictures speak for themselves; simply exquisite.

Zuhair Murad

A jaw-dropping, colourful spectrum of evening wear, and perhaps even a rival of Elie Saab. From gowns and jumpsuits to suits and minis, he covers all there is to wear as formal attire. His level of design reaches the likes of other leading maisons de mode, and we cannot wait for his next collection.


Dior’s collection illustrates a mixture of history. Hosted by the Rodin Museum, this season’s haute couture travelled the fashion timeline and cultivated each item to today’s trends. According to, Raf Simon – creative director of Christian Dior - took inspiration from Eighteenth century French court, Edwardian tailoring through to the modern day. The collection deems to be a success, as Simon creates yet another memorable manifestation of history.


Ancient Rome is brought to life by Valentino Garavani’s artistic hand. The models resembled the goddess statues from the banks of the Tiber River, with pale skin and flawless elegance – and it’s no coincidence. The collection is packed with references to this glorious city and its traditions. Culture flourishes in the prints, designs and footwear - here, one can see Ancient Rome as a personification through fashion. 

Stephane Rolland

Dramatic gowns, unconventional beauty, striking designs and daringly bold backs. Yes, these are what we decided to describe Stephane Rolland's collection with, and that’s what it comes down to. Every outfit looks like a piece of art. The structure of each piece simply screams such an artistic value due to its unconventionality and simplicity. The mechanics of painting are resembled by some of his looks, which give the collection the artistic nature previously mentioned. 


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