Wednesday, 31 August 2016

COUTURE IN TROUSERS

Haute couture has so many faces and original realizations. Any imaginative form you can think about to be part of high fashion is defenitely not something ordinary and common. That is the same thing with trousers in haute couture ensembles. If you are introduced in typical haute couture scene you probably know that usual high fashion setting is made in form of gowns, weather sleek or opulent, but dresses are ordinary looks´ instalment of haute couture.

So trousers incorporated in couture domain are defenitely not a usual sight you can see in couture collections. I like the way couture has so great perceptions when it comes to innovations and visual new stories to tell. If we look closer at trousers in couture domain, we can see that they are so well incorporated in couture looks. They can be worn alone, in form of printed sleek or elegantly baggy pants. They are usually combined with cape which gives that "couture" aura to ensemble and that is very commom look if we talk about trousers in couture scene. More original and step further in visual innovation are defenitely trousers worn underneath gorgeous gown. Rocking the posh casual vibe with that high end fashion piece, and by that I mean gown, is really original sight and can´t be pulled by anyone, for sure.

So what trousers bring in couture is defenitely more edgy elegant touch, with a modern twist and contemporary influences. This kind of couture is defenitely stunning giving us that WOW effect, no less than the usual couture by gowns enriched display. They are seen in the collections of Armani Prive, Elsa Schiaparelli, or Giambattista Valli. As you can see those are couturiers which love a bit of extravant elegance but in wearable, less decadent way.

Do you like this kind of couture? Do you think that trousers in couture have enough glamour effect?

Thank you for the attention!

Georgia! xo


















Tuesday, 30 August 2016

TWO FACES OF DIOR

No other couture house had have such a "bipolar" approach when it comes to their visual design than house of Dior. After rulling the high fashion past by the leadership of Christian Dior, the house has become a very visual reincarnated and boosted in 1996 when John Galliano stepped to be art director and designer. That was, not mentioning the original Dior era during 1960-es, the trully golden age which finished in 2011. At Galliano´s place came Belgian designer Raf Simons. What is so interesting to me, and this is the theme of this post, is the tremendious differences in their approaches to design.

First of all, let´s take a look at Galliano´s design. It is very decadent, extravagant, full of aesthetic exaggearations but in a brilliant way. He really pushed the visual boundaries and perceptive expactations, making couture more quirky, playful and fun. Lots of bold colors, bold textures as well as bold detailing in  make up and accessorizes, made him the genius of fashion scene at that time. I think is really amazing that Dior gave him such a freedom in visual expression, because Galliano didn´t just make couture he lived it hundred percent, and that could be seen in his design!













John Galliano was forced to step back from design top spot at Dior so Belgian designer Raf Simons took his place. And that was really not so flattering for Mr. Simons, because he needed to stay on the same design level as Galliano. But Raf was known for being a designer which had really totally different approach to couture than Galliano. Choosing low-key Simons after gloriously decadent Galliano was a move which was made on purpose to highlight the simple and pure class elegance for which originally Dior was known about. So Simons´ approach to Dior was very a la "Christian", old school glamour with clean silhouettes, without many exaggerations in visual sense. No more wavy and decadent features, just sleek or opulent lines, very toned and cooled down.














Honestly I think people expected more of Dior during Simons era. Maybe we were spoiled by Galliano´s visual and style gravures, so watching Simons´ show there wasn´t that big WOW effect. To me personally I like when designers are brave in haute couture, when they don´t affraid to experiment, so I miss Galliano era I have to admit it.

Do you like Dior during Galliano or Simons era?

Thank you for attention!

Georgia! xo

Monday, 29 August 2016

CHANNELING CHANEL

Hi, my beautiful people! Yes, it came that day when I decided to write my impressions and thoughts about the biggest fashion and haute couture house of all times, the famous Chanel. Chanel is probably the one of those fashion brands that everything turns into gold by being successful in not just fashion related realizations but in beauty scene in general, too.

Coco Chanel´s vision of woman was revolutionary in her time; freeing the tight and by corsets captioned women´s bodies and long, voluminous skirts turning into short, more casual versions. The simplicity of the her expression goes a long way, dualisticly incorporating the famous "Chanel Body", a black jacket and skirt featured with white silk blouse. Not forget simple but elegant pearls accessorize mostly in shape of loosed falling necklace. It defenitely had that "tom-boyish" accent in her time, very playful and quirky!

So that was the past! Today, led by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel is still a compilation of traditional silhouette, finest tweed jerseys, classy blazers to which he is giving it a modern twist with tons of silky ruffles, gentle colors, a tulles which are softly falling, a pearls´ overload and very dramatic make up game on the models.

Modern Chanel haute couture is very elegant, no decadency on sight, perfectly taylored with a hint of designer´s vigilancy. Because of that in every runway show the spirit of madame Coco is very present and by that I mean in the most amazing sense, celebrating all of her design and in visual sense revolutionary discoveries.

What do you think about Chanel? Do you like it as a haute couture or do you prefer they their "ready-to-wear" collections?

Thank you for your attention!

Georgia! xo





















Friday, 26 August 2016

WOMEN FOR WOMEN: MARCHESA COUTURE

 I always find very intriguing and very special when I stumble at women couturiers. I find that female designers have different kind of approach to woman´s femininity and woman´s body than their men colleagues. And I think that´s nothing wrong with that. Couture is the same as literature; a term Women´s Writing is very known literary cathegory, just to make it sure!

The perfect example for this kind of couture is defenitely couture made by Marchesa. It is very new house of couture settled in New York, led by two outstanding women: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. They met at the college and decided to make haute couture. And they do amazing job!

Marchesa is couture house which has got an iconic status at couture fashion scene relatively qiuck, but that doesn´t make it less than important and less influencing at the high end fashion sphere. They have big number of A-list Hollywood clients, like Jennifer Lopez or Sandra Bullock. So that leads us to main characteristic of their work, and that it is the most stunning wearable glamour perfect for red carpets appearances.

Very soft silhouettes in combination with sheer textures make a dreamy spectrum of ensembles, mostly in form of light wavy dresses and gowns in gentle tons and colors. Among wavy ruffles, the accent is on petite embroideries and chosing the most luxurious fabriques. Festivity of women made by women, a perfect winning display of couture beauty is here. We can just gaze and admire at this feminine strength seen through the eyes of Marchesa.

Do you like Marchesa couture?

Thank you for the attention!

Georgia! xo