Thursday, July 06, 2006

Autumn/Winter 2006 Couture

Anne Valerie Hash- Frilly french maid skirts and hot-pants length bloomers give this collection a Spring feel.

Ruffles, bibs, girly suspenders, bubbled and banded skirts (how to describe??)

I feel like this is a really great collection, but for Spring. I'm trying to be more open-minded for Couture. I was just rereading an old article with Alber Elbaz discussing the original intent of Couture. I think of it as opulent and decadent, but really it was intended as a luxury of individuality. The runway should give a direction and idea for the wearer, but over the course of her fittings, the look is modified and tailored exactly to her own taste and body.

Armani Prive- Zigzag 40s glamour.

Exotic skins and feather details are not my cup of tea, but it adds to the richness. Elegant, a little old-fashioned, but I guess that's what you'd invest tens of thousands of dollars in though, no?

Chanel- Ladylike tweed suits with oversized buttons worn over skinny, skinny jeans and denim boots and denim fingerless gloves. Forgive me, while I like the aesthetic, the actual items are rather cheesy. And a bit too reminiscent of Mr Lagerfeld's look. I think I can safely declare that not many women are angling to look like him. The dresses are rather sweet on their own, however. The beading and bows and embroidery are simply breathtaking (when one ignores those damn boots).

Christian Dior- Definitely fantastical. Definitely surreal. Definitely reminiscent of Viktor & Rolf.

A little late 90s Kate Moss bleached punk hair and heavy black eyemask makeup. If we force ourselves to think of this as merely the dream before the clothes...I just wonder what the ordered pieces will look like.

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