Wednesday, 9 February 2011

It would be such a bore to ignore couture

   Whilst the Ready-to-wear collections have never been so vibrant, it would seem that the couture collections have never been so wearable. From the reserved elegance of Chanel to the exotic exaggeration of Dior, couture has managed to maintain its individuality whilst appearing seemingly effortless as it enters S/S 2011. 
      The idea of dressing from head to toe in Jean Paul Gaultier couture is no longer a potentially painful chore that one must endure in order to radiate beauty but instead a dream which all girls long to experience. This new-found development, within the fashion industry has managed not to affect the luxury and originality of couture but merely enhance it. Artistic experimentation has not been abandoned but perfected - one only needs to look at the innovative futuristic Armani Privé collection to understand this.

        Who would have thought that there could be a fashionable take on The Jetsons?
     Moreover, the brilliance of couture is that it is both personal and individual to designers and fashion houses alike. It needn't tame itself to trends because it creates them - in the upcoming season, whilst Ready-to-wear collections have been seduced by the 70s, Dior delves into the 1940s' postwar decadence of its very own New Look Days - the original incarnation of glamour.  

Who isn't envious of models of the moment Karie Kloss and Jordan Dunn as cameras capture them in the utmost elegance of our day?
   But perhaps, when investing in a couture piece this spring, the womanly wonders of Elie Saab's floating florals or the girlish gifts of Valentino's texture-based talents, courtesy of design duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, appeal. 

     Not to mention Chanel's unique adaptation of 'couture', which somehow divides itself between the eternal edginess of Stella Tennant and the reserved femininity of the original Chanel girl.

       And  for those of you who want something completely different, there are the wonderful designs of Jean Paul Gaultier, who never fails to excite and entertain with his exuberant exhibitions.

His attention to detail when it comes to accessories is unmatched - just look at those gloves?
     Thus, next time you happen to pass by couture, do not ignore it as if it is some sort of futile fashion which is far to superfluous for the modernity of today; it is not. Each item is unique, which is ever so important in the copycat world of today. Couture is both architecture and art and if male model Andrej Pejic can pull it off, the chance is so can you.

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