Haute Couture is not a term that should be thrown around lightly. Haute Couture is solely reserved for the cream of the crop when it comes to fashion. Appointed by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, being selected to be part of this exclusive circle of designers is considered an honour of the highest order.
During the recent Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, the usual favourites like Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino knocked it out of the ballpark, as always. But we couldn’t help but notice a few other designers who’s impeccable skill and stunning style simply took our breaths away.
Stéphane Rolland’s collection was a mesmerizing procession of undulating curves – and we aren’t talking about the models (gorgeous as they were)! Exaggerated shoulders, sweeping peplums and fit-and-flare silhouettes were the name of the game and we loved every white, black and yellow second of it.
Ralph and Russo
Having made the transition from private couturier to showing at PFW, the designers of Ralph & Russo had Old Hollywood Glamour down pat. Slinky, floor-length gowns, cinched in waists and details truly worthy of a silver screen starlet stomped down the runway and into our hearts.
While florals for Spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking, they’re definitely an old favourite. Zuhair Murad turned the fave trend into a 3D masterpiece with his use of appliqués and a gold-accented waist. According to the designer, the collection reflected his “Parisian ideal”.
Amid all the pretty and princess-like collections, Alexandre Vauthier decided to take it up a notch with his punchy, beach-inspired show. Not one to shy away from extravagance, Alexandre’s in-your-face designs were unapologetically luxe with massive sex-appeal.