Haute Couture — Fashion as Art

If you wonder when is the fashion boundaries pushed and challenged then look no further cause Paris Haute Couture week is your answer to that. Haute Couture, you ask well it is the french word for high fashion. Haute Couture garments are sewn by hand and made with expensive material. These garments are specially made for the clients based of on their body measurements. This is the high fashion version of getting clothes made from your seamster back in the days. The only difference here is that the seamsters are Chanel, Versace or Armani in this case. Paris Haute Couture Week ( Jan 25- Jan 29) 2015 showcased a range of designers with great collections. We loved the collections and stories that these garments narrated. Some collections as well as their inspirations that caught our eye are these:

Atelier Versace

Head Designer: Donatella Versace

Matisse artpiece Image Courtesy: Google

Henry Matisse inspired Spring 2015 Couture collection of Versace. The collection was beautifully curated with strategic cutouts to show enough skin to make this collection runway and red carpet ready. One of the most interesting parts of this collection was the usage of primary colors.

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Giambattista Valli

Head Designer : Giambattista Valli

Coco Chanel , Janice Joplin Image courtesy: Google

Giambattista Valli featured collection inspired by the Metropolitan Museum’s Impossible Conversations, a “dialogue” between Elsa Schiaperelli and Miuccia Prada. For those who don’t know about this exhibit it was based on a Vanity Fair Column called “Impossible Interviews”, which chronicles fictitious dialogues between characters with different ideologies. Taking that concept further his collection showed personalities of Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin. The juxtaposition of feminine approach of Coco Chanel with Janis Joplin’s rock and roll edge made this collection an interesting one.

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Head Designer: Giorgio Armani

In the Armani prive couture collection for spring 2015 we saw asian influences. The leitmotif of bamboo in this collection indicated the asiatic influences. Just like bamboo this collection exhibited delicacy and strength. The delicacy could be seen in the materials used such as gazar and organza. The silhouettes provided the strength in the collection.

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Head Designer : Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s collection was presented around the idea of building a conservatory filled with mechanical flowers and a haute futuristic look at gardens. 300 engines made this beautiful show come together. A lot of sorbet colors and tweed materials were seen . This collection had a fresh appeal.

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Head Designer :Raf Simons

Inspired by the chameleon characteristic of David Bowie, Dior collection showcased a new silhouette style . The collection had a way of exhibiting future of fashion based on elements of three decades. It reflected romantic side of the 50's, experimentation of the 60's along with freedom of the 70's. The sartorial curation looked interesting by the usage of plastic elements and vinyl based footwear

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Head Designer: Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren

Van Gogh Sunflower Painting Image Courtesy: Google

This collection was truly a product of the confluence of art and fashion. The designers inspiration for their collection was from the Post -Impressionist style of Van Gogh paintings. The designer duo , who are famous for the “Flowerbomb” fragrance presented the collection as a canvas of art piece with baby doll dresses and straw hats creating a drama.

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Originally published at www.thread-channel.com.

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