My Top S/S 2015 Couture Collections

Couture Week S/S 2015

The media was once again buzzing with excitement, Couture Fashion Week 2015 showcased some marvellous collections that were full of pieces that are red carpet worthy and perfect for the social butterfly. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional theatrics and drama or the pieces that are more modernized, the shows gave a taste of everything and it seemed to be a never ending array of exquisite embroidery and glittering crystal beading, frills, draped chiffon, creamy satin and the exceptional manipulation of lace to mention a few, all to create dreamy pieces. Here’s a look at some of my favourite pieces……

 Elie Saab

Elie Saab 2015 Couture 1

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Elie Saab 2015 Couture 3

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 Couture 1

Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 Couture 2

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 Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 1

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 2

Giambattista Valli 2015 Couture 3

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Ralph & Russo

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 1

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 2

Ralph & Russo 2015 Coture 3

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Versace 

Versace 2015 Couture 1

Versace 2015 Couture 2

Versace 2015 Couture 3

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Alexis Mabille 

Alexis Mabille 2015 Couture 1

Alexis Mabille 2015 Couture 2

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What were your favourite collections?

Paris Fashion Week _ Spring Couture 2013

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Not even the cold weather of snow-covered Paris could damper the display of the designers from Paris Spring Couture Week. It was a week filled of great imagination and craftsmanship as the fashion houses out did themselves with over the top elegant, one-of-a-kind looks. Paris Spring Couture was like an enchanted wonderland as there was what felt like a non stop parade of head-turning creations and it surely did not disappoint. As the Oscars are just a few weeks away and I can bet that some nominees and attendees already have their eyes on some designs already.

Take a look at the must-see designs from the runway:

Armani Prive

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This  collection was full of classic evening dresses and well-tailored suits.

Chanel

Chanel _1 Spring Couture 2013

Chanel _2 Spring Couture 2013

Chanel _3 Spring Couture 2013

It was beautiful nightmare as this collection brought romance to the runway mixed with gothic beauty.

Christian Dior

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Floral prints and bright colors transported all to an afternoon in the middle of spring with this collection.

Elie Saab

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Elie Saab_4 Spring Couture 2013

This collection produced beautiful gowns that were glamorous and elegant.

Georges Chakra

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Georges Chakra_3 Spring Couture 2013

The collection showcased feminine, exciting gowns which had plenty of allure and sensuality.

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli _1 Spring Couture 2013

Giambattista Valli _2 Spring Couture 2013

Giambattista Valli _3 Spring Couture 2013

This was an amazing collection of gowns with intricate details that were romantic and feminine.

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Jean Paul Gaultier_ 2 Spring Couture 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier_ 3 Spring Couture 2013

It felt like an  Arabian Nights experience as gypsies like models came down the runway with this collection.

Stephane Rolland

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Stephane Rolland_3 Spring Couture 2013

Stephane Rolland_4 Spring Couture 2013

This was a very modern, chic collection that was clean and polished.

Valentino

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This collection was a spectacular as it presented magical fairy tale designs.

Versace

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This collection portrayed strength yet it was still feminine fit for any modern-day Zena warrior princess.

Zuhair Murad

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Zuhair Murad_2 Spring Couture 2013

Zuhair Murad_3 Spring Couture 2013

It was the rise of the gold goddess and glory for this collection.

The designs from these fashion houses are surely Red Carpet worthy looks.  Feel free to comment and let me know which ones are your favorites.
All photos taken from the internet.

Milan Fashion Week: Top Trends

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After taking in the designs from the land of the Queen, I hopped on over to Italy. Fashion month is whizzing by and I can’t believe that the latest, Milan Fashion Week has gone already. Home to many major fashion houses like Versace, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few, Milan Fashion Week has shown some glamorous designs. From the labels named, it’s hard to know what to expect and that is what added to my excitement.

The labels commanded great attention as they showcased their collections taking you back in time  with forties, fifties and sixties shapes or over to Asia with geisha girls. From my close observation,  minimalism was the big trend on the runways as most of the designers took more to the minimalist aesthetic with functional and clean designs. Cut-outs, lace, sheer, stripes and prints are still big, flower power is back and there was a strong representation of black, white and sea green as designers  played with colors.  At the end of looking through the collections, it was clear that Milan delivered a week filled with great designs.

Favorite looks of the top trends from the italian capital:

Asian Influence

Aquilano Rimondi, Etro, Prada

Bold Prints

Moschino, Aquilano Rimondi, Antonio Marras

Cut-Outs

Ermanno Scervino, Etro, Versace

Deep Plunge Neck Lines

Gucci, Frankie Morello, Versace

Floral

Bottega Veneta, Prada, Etro

Lace Applications

left and right: Roberto Cavalli,  center: Versace

Sheer Layers

Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferritti, Emilio Pucci

Stripes

Dolce & Gabbana, Versus, Sportsmax

Black

Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax

Sea Green

Alberta Ferritti, Giorgio  Armani, Gucci

White

Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Moschino

Milan Fashion Week  will be forever be stuck in my mind as  it was full with many memorable moments.

That’s three major cities fashion weeks down and one more to go.

So for now it’s,  Chao Italia!

The Couture Round-Up

The scoop is finally in on the couture looks at Couture Fashion Week held in Paris. This event  is one of the most glamorous events on the fashion calendar featuring luxurious, over-the-top collections. When it comes to couture you have to think of the whole package, not only are there the breath-taking gowns and tailored suits but there is also the beauty aspect as well.  During the Couture Fashion Week, models graced the catwalk with their  faces covered,  strongly  emphasised  make-up or the nude look along with eye-catching hairstyles, all drapped in the designers creations.  At the end of the shows one can see that there wasn’t any shortage of creativity exhibited in the masterpieces.

This year there were shows from the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, Versace and more.

 

Don’t forget to tell us your favorites in the comments!

The Legacy

Gianni Versace

When there is a man who can inspire his peers, admirers and rivals alike; bring vitality to an industry at a time when it was considered out of touch with the people; and even create an empire that in his absence still continues to grow. Then there is no doubt, he is truly a legend and his name will be always on the lips and in the hearts and minds of others; fashion guru Gianni Versace. He was known throughout the fashion industry as one who poured his love into his designs.

The infamous Gianni Versace lived a flamboyant life from December 2, 1946 to July 15, 1997. Versace grew up with his father, dressmaker mother Francesca and older siblings Santo, Donatella and Tina (died at age 12) in Reggio, Calabria, Italy. From a very young age Versace began his apprenticeship where he helped his dressmaker mother who taught him how to cut and make clothes in her small tailor shop she ran to support the family. It is said that at the tender age of nine he created his first dress. Not long after, he too was selling clothes from his mother’s shop as he greatly enjoyed the art of designing clothes. He went on to study architecture and worked as a fabric buyer before moving to fashion capital Milan at 25 yrs to work in fashion design for various top designers.

A young Versace drew his inspirations from Ancient Roman and Greek art in addition to modern abstract art. While working for fashion designer Complice, Versace’s personal drive and passion began to turn heads and created such a stir that he was asked by Complice to design an entire leather and suede collection. His striking work opened avenues to the first appearance of the Versace name under a line in one of Complice other collection. The success he received afterwards motivated him to present his first signature collection for women in 1978 at the Palazzo della Permanente Art Museum, Milan. September of that same year, he presented his first men collection and soon after opened his first boutique in Via della Spiga, Milan, where he sold his own designs alongside other labels.

During the 80’s, Gianni Versace became known for designs made with eye-catching colours, materials and cuts that played tastefully along the thin line between sexy and vulgar. Versace’s great achievements lead to the opening of other boutiques around the world and literally in no time at all he had an empire worth millions. As the Versace brand thrived, he founded an international fashion house which produced not only clothes but included accessories, fragrances, make-up and even home furnishings.

Versace’s work brought him many awards and honors. On January 24 1986, Versace was conferred the decoration of Commedatore della Repulica Italiana. He was also honored by an exhibition called “L’abito per pensare” (Clothes for thinking), which showed in Milan, Paris, London, and New York in 1989. One of his greatest moments was in 1993 February 1, where Versace was awarded the American Fashion Oscar. He was credited for his contribution to the evolution  of the term “supermodel” as he was willing to pay large sums of money to particular models like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington for print and runway shows.

   

On July 15, 1997, the fashion world was sadden by the murdered of Versace aged 50.  He was shot to death in front of his mansion in Miami, Florida as he returned from a morning walk. After his sudden death the Versace family was quoted saying, “business will continue as planned”. His brother and sister took over the fashion house and continue to make immaculate creations.

Gianni Versace, who also designed costumes for theatre, opera and ballet had a ballet in tribute to his work titled Grazi Gianni con amore (Thanks Gianni, With Love) was performed in  La Scala, Milan, Italy. This was done to mark the 10th anniversary of his death, specially written by French choreographer  Maurice Béjart, for whom Versace designed many stage costumes. Another tribute was made in October 2002, when he was honored with a retrospective of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where the featured the most of his popular designs.  Gianni Versace maybe gone, but he’ll never forgotten; a past but still yet very present fashion designer.

On that note, let’s take a leaf out of the many chapters of Versace’ s life and have the courage to believe in and stay true to ourselves. Remember to always do you, because even though you can’t control fashion, you can dictate your own style!

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