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Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture, Fashion

Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture

As I was walking out of Sunday night’s Atelier Versace show – the official start to the spring/summer 2015 haute couture collections – I overheard an exchange between a couture client and one of the house os Versace’s aides. Well, I overheard one part of the exchange. I presume said aide asked said client what she thought of the collection. “That see-through beaded shit,” she barked. “Sexy as fuck!”

That’s not something you hear much at the haute couture.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 11:57 am

Couture’s future looks bright: Versace, Dior, Schiaparelli, in Paris, Fashion

Couture’s future looks bright: Versace, Dior, Schiaparelli, in Paris

In less than 24 hours, we’ve had four very, very different interpretations of twenty-first century haute couture. How to reconcile the whimsy of Marco Zanini’s Schiaparelli debut with the hyper-modern aerated layers of Raf Simons’ go-faster Dior? How could you compare the cinched-in, souped-up sexuality of Donatella Versace’s Atelier ode to Grace Jones with Giambattista Valli’s embroidered, gazar-wrapped chocolate-box frocks? Couture is about contrasts. There’s aren’t that many customers out there left, so canny couture houses are appealing to niches with deep, deep pockets.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 8:38 pm

Over-thought, overlooked and afterthoughts. A few more from the French spring/summer 2014 collections, Fashion

Over-thought, overlooked and afterthoughts. A few more from the French spring/summer 2014 collections

Have you ever eaten an eighteen-course French meal and passed out from the exertion? No, me neither. Apparently when they autopsied Louis XIV his stomach was three times the size of an average man. Sometimes it feels a bit like that during Paris fashion week. You feel bloated, stuffed, saturated. It’s with fashion, rather than food. The latter is thin on the ground, bar the ubiquitous croques.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 3 October 2013 at 3:49 pm

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