Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Is Couture dead?

I say NO, even if the good stuff isn't very inventive. While I'm not really mr. fashion -I do subscribe to W and enjoy a good fashion photograph from time to time and just enjoy beautiful things in general. The recent Paris fashion shows were so spectacular that word of them even reached my ears!
Recently while reading coco&kellys blog, I came across a rundown of the Alexander Mcqueen show. I was instantly reminded of Cecil Beaton's work and the movie 'My fair lady'. These clothes are beautiful -and while I'm not sure of their wearability ( where do normal people wear clothes like this? Prom, weddings perhaps? ) I am sure they are beautiful. If you like the show there are some things here I think you could take away from it for everyday life other than the flats shown on the models as opposed to heels.

Assymetry but balanced:
THIS is how to do feathers, Christian ( of project runway fame )
silver and blue -spectacular. The silver reminds me of the old hollywood look Ralph Lauren was promoting last year

Princess Skirts ( A-line ):
the feathers are a bit odd, but I love the red shoes and the lines of the fun, flirty dress

a little longer than the other parts of the collection - would work better at knee length I think.
Such beautiful embroidery -love the coat and slippers
I can't tell if I love or hate the print.....

Empire waists:
the model has beautiful posture. Woudln't this be a beautiful wedding dress on a beach?
The Sari just makes this, ya know?

Roman gowns:
Hidden by the russian military coat, but I'm sure it's delicious!
I even like the poufey coat thing!

I'm not usually a fan of leggings -but they really work in this collection!

I love this assymetrical sweater coat with the emboidery. This headwrap is really pretty and warm looking!
I think her arms would get cold -but hey, you loose 50% of your body heat through your head!

This fur is SO chic. I hate the plaid leggings ( Wicked witch of the north, anyone? )and that hair needs some therapy PRONTO

This coat is adorable! And ermine -so luxurious :-)

And of course, McQueen being McQueen - he had to take it a little over the top. This coat so reminds me of the coat Audrey Hepburn wears over her gown in the Ballroom scene in My Fair Lady. Beautiful and DRAMATIC


The Peak of Chic said...

Stunning photos. I hope it's not dead. Theatrics aside, the workmanship that goes into these clothes is utterly amazing. That's why Chanel purchased Lemarié (atelier which makes feather embellishments), Lesage (embroidery), and others in order to keep haute couture alive. Now, if only we could afford it! :)

Be the change..... said...

I know I'd look a little funny walking down the street in any of these creations,*wink*, but I do have a lot of fashion photography books! None of that money makes it back to the source though I'm sure.....The ladies of Dubai are keeping them in business for now!

pve design said...

Having spent most of my life dreaming in fashion design and fairy tales - these photos and designs are amazing. I adore that ermine coat and would wear it with jeans and flats to my grocer.(I's probably sleep in it too!) The craftsmanship and materials are so exquisite.

Be the change..... said...

I've seen your fashion sketches, PVE - you do your dreams justice!