Thursday, February 19, 2009

COUTURE REPORT: PARIS FASHION WEEK


Of the Big Six of French Fashion Royalty, asked whom I think is the finest fashion house in Paris I'd say unequivocally the House of Dior is and always has been the pinnacle. Check out some of the imagination and technique on this season's creations. For me it's like looking at pure art. Oddly, Dior only ran his baby for ten years from 1947 till his death in 1957. After that it was the legacy of a succession of in-house designers interpreting a unique dialect of fashion Dior left behind.

Dior

Dior
Dior
Dior
Dior
Dior

Dior


Pure Valentino!
Valentino

Valentino

Valentino
Givenchy

Givenchy
Givenchy concentrated on Grecian-inspired and flowing relaxed silhouettes this season.
Givenchy

Givenchy


Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier

For me Gaultier's work is so solid in technique his whimsy seems more innovation. The level of his style is what Betsey Johnson might have reached had she been born and apprenticed among the French design elite and honed the wildchild in her.
Gaultier

Chanel

Chanel
It's almost as if Mademoiselle herself were looking down upon her empire to this very day.
Chanel

Chanel

Chanel


Larcroix

Lacroix

This bridal veil is magnificent sporting a bowl of fruit under layers of white tulle.

7 comments:

Kristi said...

Fabulous... oh to be there in person.
I personally covet the giant, billowing balloon hem in the first Dior photo. The blue Chinese porcelain pattern in two of the other Dior gowns is amazing, especially the one which truly evokes a "teacup" image. It's funny to me, considering the (coincidence?) that traditional blue patterns are back in home decor right now (see Pottery Barn's latest catalog).
The last Givency gown, the drapey grecian one, is delicious, too. Lovely post, thank you!

Kilee said...

Wow!! Just in line with fashion week in NY a little couture inspiration from the Paris runways! Love.

kilee

bridechic said...

Actually Kristi you are right about the blue china likeness. Funny, My dining room is blue willow and blue ceramics just like these gowns.

Truly Engaging said...

Wow... extraordinary! As usual, I come to this blog and am taken out of my box! Love the post!

Couture Celebrations said...

loving all the folds and ruffles! Oh how I adore Dior!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

I heart everything Dior. The puffier the dress, the better!

Eliza said...

the blue bodice, full skirt gown is amazing. if i'd have choose a weddign gow againa and it couldn't be the one I had, this is the shape I'd go for. timeless but with a twist.