Late Designer Azzedine Alaïa’s Personal Couture Archive Revealed – to Students

PARIS — Despite his best efforts, fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa never managed to keep his personal collection of couture garments a complete secret.
“Every time he went to a fashion auction, he used to say he was going to the physiotherapist,” said Carla Sozzani, Alaïa’s close friend and cofounder of the Association Azzedine Alaïa, speaking at an event at the maison’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday.
“We would say to him, ‘But you already went yesterday,’” she continued. “And then he’d come back laden with huge plastic parcels that he would hide under his desk. Just last month, we discovered some of those parcels: They contained rare Vionnet and Balenciaga pieces.”
The extent of Alaïa’s personal couture collection was discovered following the designer’s passing in November 2017, and was somewhat overwhelming.
More than 10,000 garments, ranging from vintage Vionnet, Charles James, Schiaparelli, Jean Patou and around 200 Balenciaga items, to more contemporary pieces like Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons, lie in the fashion house’s archives in the Marais, left without any directions from the collector himself.
“I knew Alaïa was collecting, as I often saw him in the auction rooms and he always snagged the best pieces,” Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of

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Clara Daguin Couture Fall 2019

The domed Chapelle Expiatoire tucked into a quiet square in the 8th arrondissement, built on the original burial site of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, provided the mystical backdrop for Clara Daguin’s first couture presentation.
The 2016 Hyères finalist, who specializes in combining artisanal techniques with technology in a form of science fiction meets fashion, showcased a single creation. Dubbed “Atom” and worn by her sister Mélanie like a living installation, her dress — if that is what it can be called — undulated in time to the soundtrack, activated by sound thanks to the circuits worked into the fabric.
Like the rings of gas that surround certain planets, four gauzy halos oscillated and glimmered around a column dress completely covered in five kilograms of glass beads, mirrors and neopixels, a pattern like a double-helix flickering mysteriously.
The creation of the design necessitated 3,142 hours of handiwork by a team of 31 helpers. Even in fashion’s tech-driven future, craftsmanship has its place.

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Zuhair Murad Fall Couture 2019

With North Africa as inspiration, Zuhair Murad worked traditional carpet patterns into richly colored jacquards and hand-beaded jackets — using them to bring a new flavor to his world of decadent sensuality.
“I like in every collection to search for a theme and to let people dream, and enter the dream somehow,” Murad said before the show. His North African jaunt, which he called “Mirages et Oasis,” came in deep reds and purples, infused with Lurex, as well as some jazzy, solid-gold statement numbers. Last season’s pleated pastel rainbow dress — worn by Chiara Ferragni last week in an Instagram post that garnered more than 500,000 likes — came in gold renditions, one with a muted leopard print and embellished with sequins, and another with an iridescent sheen and a matching cape that billowed out behind.
Also in the heart-stopping category: a fiery orange chiffon dress with puffs of feathers lining the cape — the airy gown flowing from a tightly wrapped bustier.
Murad keeps it all highly elevated, yet he relishes contradictions. Here, he used velvet as a contrast to the shimmery and beaded sides of the collection, lending a quiet softness to the high volume lineup.
New this season: fabric headbands. Murad was

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Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2019

The prime definition of glamour as “an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing” links it unquestionably to the world of couture. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren considered another facet of the word and started an “investigation into the original meaning of the word — casting a spell,” Snoeren said.
They had, they said at a preview, wanted to work with Claudy Jongstra, a fellow Dutch artist who has embraced sustainability in her work. To create felt such as the one used as a cornerstone of this collection, she raises her own flock, shears their wool herself and then dyes them using only plant pigments taken from her organic garden — including the elusive “Burgundian black,” a medieval recipe that produces a deep black with red undertones, which she redeveloped. Talk about a process.
But there was no preaching message behind Horsting and Snoeren’s musing. Rather, they wanted to inspire action. As the general feeling of doom about the environment rises on all sides, the designers wanted to “show something that would give a positive message,” Horsting said. “To cast a positive spell that says things can be done,” Snoeren added.
To stay in the spirit of her

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Couture Fall 2019 Trend: Acropolis Now

It could be the cultural moment. Or maybe couturiers just can’t get enough of a glorious classical inspiration. Either way, goddess looks were all over the haute runways, and they mesmerized.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Couture 2019

Guests arriving at Jean Paul Gaultier’s headquarters in the sweltering afternoon were offered a choice of refreshments: a Magnum ice lolly or a glass of Champagne. Either one was perfect fare to settle in and watch the pregame entertainment.
Dressed in full evening gowns, guests crowded onto the catwalk to pose for photographs. Drag queen Violet Chachki furiously fanned herself as she greeted Swedish p.r. Fredrik Robertsson, rocking a green sequined hooded dress. Catherine Deneuve swooped in on Alber Elbaz, running her fingers through his bleached hair.
In a corner, Christina Aguilera sat with a sour expression as camera flashes went off in her face. Meanwhile, Hong Kong billionaire Stephen Hung, wearing silk Versace pajamas and velvet slippers, maintained an impassive expression behind his mirrored Ray-Bans. Robert Altman, eat your heart out.
By the time the show kicked off at 3:15 p.m. to the sound of Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam,” the space was filled with the kind of nervous energy one usually finds in a nightclub. Whoops and cheers greeted the first looks down the runway, including a quilted jacket that looked like it was made of fur.
It was an optical illusion: Gaultier, a fan of trompe-l’oeil effects, had used a photo

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Guo Pei Couture Fall 2019

If one believes in the multiverse theory, it’s entirely possible that Guo Pei’s creations are just the thing to wear when stepping out for a formal occasion. Such was the premise for a collection titled “Alternate Universe” that read as a Neil Gaiman-esque mythology in which goddesses of all creeds mingle among mortals. After all, what else to conclude from a show that starts with a pair of conjoined twins appearing from under a crow-laden arch?
That the Chinese couturier kept to a predominantly cream, metallic and gray palette gave her collection a cohesiveness reminiscent of Greek statuary. And details emerged despite the profusion of embellishments.
Embroidered scenes on dresses depicted “angels and Satan sit[ting] next to each other,” “monkeys sitting on the king’s throne under the guidance of prophets,” flocks of birds and esoteric motifs in the manner of illuminated manuscripts. There was one ballgown decked out as a human puppet theater, strings held by some sort of animal. A crow was perched on the shoulder of another gown with ballooning sleeves.
The final look was a complete tableau, the model in a marigold dress framed by a green knoll of silk chiffon grass, garment and landscape bleeding into each other.
Throughout, kilometers

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Maison Margiela Artisanal Fall Couture 2019

Chinos, lederhosen, breeches, flares — they’re not just kinds of pants. They’re among the historical research materials pictured in vintage photos on John Galliano’s Maison Margiela Artisanal mood board, from which he distilled a plan “to explore the trouser and how that could be transformative.”
Yes, Galliano believes in the power of pants (he prefers “trousers”) to transform, not only from one item of clothing into another, but an entire belief system as represented by sartorial selection. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
In the couture collection he showed on Wednesday morning, Galliano offered part three of his exploration of decadence. “Before, we were feeling the excess, and now I’m feeling we’re in decay, reflected by the breakdown of social structure. I’m feeling impulsive and anarchic,” he said in contemplative mode during a preshow visit at the very on-brand headquarters, a bastion of beautifully curated, chic dishabille. He then added a wry rejoinder. “I sound like a teenager, don’t I?”
Not at all. Nor did he sound like a typical designer during a typical preview. Galliano’s fashion speak is often dense. Talk of decadence moving toward decay led him to observe that “so few of us remember how to rely on instinct,” and

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Couture and Costume Storage Facility Garde Robe Opens in Los Angeles

Couture and costume storage facility Garde Robe has expanded to Los Angeles, offering fashion collectors a temperature-controlled facility, and same-day access to wardrobe pieces.
Founded in New York in 2001, Garde Robe had been servicing West Coast customers from a San Diego location, but relocated to Los Angeles to be able to offer more immediate delivery to clients. “Garde Robe pioneered the Cyber Closet valet concept in New York City because most fashionable New Yorkers struggle with closet space,” said Doug Greenberg, vice president of Garde Robe, which preserves textiles for collectors of historical garments, including the foremost Princess Diana clothing collector, he said, as well as a leading Alexander McQueen collector.
“In Southern California, our members’ primary need is having a personal wardrobe archivist that is knowledgeable about garment care and textile preservation managing their off-site closet filled with high-value, infrequently worn evening wear, costumes and vintage/couture collections,” he said. “Moth infestations are very common in this region. Smoke from wildfires and the air’s salinity near the ocean can damage delicate textiles permanently.”
Garde Robe’s services include in-home wardrobe consultation and collection, cataloging and personal photography. Members receive condition reports and recommendations for garment care, which can be arranged through vetted providers,

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Atelier By Fang Couture Fall 2019

The technique of origami featured heavily in Yang Fang’s fall 2019 collection for Atelier By Fang, the couture line of the fashion label she established in 2013 upon returning to her hometown of Shanghai after studying fashion at Esmod in Paris.
“Kids nowadays play on iPhones and iPads, but when I was little I used to play with paper,” said the designer, speaking at her first couture presentation in Paris. “My grandmother used to give me sheets of white paper and taught me how to transform them into small animals like frogs and elephants, or stars and flowers. When I arrived at Esmod, I started doing the same thing with fabrics, in order to pay homage to my Asian heritage.”
A stunning black-and-white midi shiftdress was made of hundreds of hand-folded silk organza flowers. At their center were eye-catching Swarovski crystals. The brand was the first Chinese label to be tapped by the jeweler as part of its support program for young designers, and the partnership has been going on for nine seasons.
The collection, which was black-and-white save for a short red dress, was entirely made in the By Fang couture ateliers in Shanghai, with a particular focus on craftsmanship and predominantly

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August Getty Atelier Couture Fall 2019

August Getty’s gothic, theatrical “Enigma” collection visited a dark, melancholic world of graveyards and masquerade balls. One armor-like minidress was molded from resin like an ornate tombstone, complete with a gargoyle on its shoulder. Another, in black leather, had a pannier skirt and crawled with Swarovski spiders.
“Think of it as a ceramic umbrella,” \ Getty said when explaining the technique used to create another of the dramatic, sculptural pieces in his fall couture collection, his second. The design in question was a pair of voluminous pants hewn from white silk to look like Pierrot’s ruffled collar and a matching top that covered the arms and torso, enveloping the body.
Providing a contrast from black and white, mint green velvet was worked with a grid-like embroidery of pearls on a mid-length bustier dress, its silhouette exaggerated with a bustle, and was intended to give the effect of oxidized copper. In a darker manifestation of forest green, an allover sequin gown embroidered with ostrich feathers at its hem reproduced a ghost-like cherub’s face come to haunt Getty’s morbid but creative underworld.

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Francesco Scognamiglio Couture Fall 2019

The iconic women who populated Capri’s nightlife, such as Veruschka, Brigitte Bardot and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, are the muses who inspired Francesco Scognamiglio’s couture collection.
Their elegant, feminine attitude was combined with influences from the Italian island, such as the colors of the sunset, which inspired the pink tone of a tulle dress. The nets of Capri’s fishermen echoed in the sparkling Swarovski crystal net sleeves of a draped minidress with a plunging V-neck, while the rich plaster decorations of Villa Lysis served as inspiration for the precious encrusted embellishment punctuating a wool coat.
Crystal starfishes and pearls gave an intriguing underwater feel to a slipdress, while a suit showing a constructed tulle jacket with a coordinated skirt was worked in a dark nocturnal tone, a nod to Capri’s legendary blue lizard living on the island’s signature Faraglioni rocks.

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Fendi Couture Fall 2019

The cinematic majesty of the Roman Colosseum as seen from the roof of the Temple of Venus and Rome took your breath away. It was one of those remarkable moments many of us in fashion are privileged to experience via our jobs, a moment to register for posterity not only on Instagram, but in the mind and heart.
That Fendi chose to show in Rome at this particular time was all the more special because the city meant so much to Karl Lagerfeld, who famously joined the company 54 years ago at the behest of the five Fendi sisters and stayed until his death in February. He often boasted that during that tenure, he’d visited the Eternal City more than 800 times.
Given that, Thursday night’s show was dedicated to Lagerfeld, but subtly so. Before the show, in a backstage area that was surprisingly functional given that its bones date to antiquity, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who had long coauthored the Fendi collection with Lagerfeld, said the brand had set its sights on a show at the venue some time ago, and that it was just a matter of when. When Lagerfeld died, “we said that the plan had to go [forward] and

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Valentino Couture Fall 2019

The magic continues. On Wednesday night at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli staged another dazzling show. Make that an event, one without the bells and whistles of a major set, but with a high-intensity front row that itself dazzled — Gwyneth Paltrow and Celine Dion in white, and Piccioli’s new BFF Naomi Campbell, who didn’t get the white memo and instead rocked hot pink stripes and a floppy hat. Their row of honor was anchored by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. (The positive relationship between the house and its founders, who cashed out years ago, is a lovely anomaly.)
The audience settled in for the latest turn in a brilliant series that has catapulted Piccioli to the forefront of the haute oeuvre. After the passing of Karl Lagerfeld and with John Galliano doing fascinating experimental work at Maison Margiela, Piccioli is its undisputed leader. His belief in couture’s ongoing relevance is well-known, including that even haute can espouse inclusivity as indicated by last season’s casting of mostly black models.
“It’s important today to dream of a world without boundaries, where everyone can live their own routes, everywhere. It’s just a dream, of course,” Piccioli  said during a preview. The

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Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and More Celebs Steal the Show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

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Armani Privé Couture Fall 2019

Let there be light! That seemed to be the edict from Giorgio Armani, who shunned his signature darkened venues this season to showcase his fall Privé haute couture collection in a sun-drenched gallery at the soaring Petit Palais museum.
It made for a perfect foil to his dazzling outfits, which were covered in enough crystals to give Elsa a case of fashion frostbite. Armani used them by the fistful, as a sparkly dusting on barely there mesh tops, in orderly rows on his signature pagoda-shouldered jackets, and as droplets of light on the sheerest of tulle skirts.
“The impression is that of a clear water surface reflecting a ray of moonlight or sunlight,” his show notes explained.
The designer said the collection, dubbed Armani Code, was inspired by the “folk” style of the late Eighties and early Nineties. At first it was hard to see what he meant, so far removed were his liquid fabrics and iridescent textures from the rootsy appeal of boho chic.
He opened with those razor-sharp jackets in evanescent shades of pink and blue, paired with silver velvet pants overlaid with a whisper of tulle. The first hint of a folkloric touch came in the polka-dot motifs, though Armani homed

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The Outside View: The Importance of a Couture Mind-set

The casualization of fashion and an obsession with street wear, wellness, and wearable fashion tech are everywhere, mirroring our fast-paced, tech-obsessed lives. Sneakers have become a powerful engine of growth for luxury houses, sales of high heels are shrinking and hardly anyone wears a necktie anymore.
So why is it that the V&A has had to extend its Dior exhibition for a further seven weeks, until September? Why do the Paris couture shows remain the most awaited of the fashion season? In January, Balmain returned to the couture calendar after a 16-year hiatus, while Hedi Slimane plans to expand the category as part of many new initiatives as creative director at Celine.
Younger labels — including Mary Katrantzou, Richard Quinn and Marine Serre — are all exploring demi-couture while British designer Ozwald Boateng recently unveiled his first collection of tailored clothing for women in Harlem in Manhattan.
Why? I believe the reason is that deep down, we still want to dream. We are entranced by beauty and craftsmanship and yearn to retain some of those values. To some, the world of couture may seem detached, irrelevant, archaic even, but it still exerts a powerful pull, and also sends a strong message about longevity,

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Dress by Julie de Libran Couture Fall 2019

A new, niche intimacy is sprouting up in pockets across fashion, offering alternatives to the industry’s mega brand domination. Julie de Libran is one designer going her own way. After her departure from Sonia Rykiel, where she was creative director, de Libran didn’t opt for an “Eat, Pray, Love” sabbatical (physical or emotional). Instead, she jumped into a new project with her name on the label and her personal aesthetic on view.
To telegraph the personal approach behind Dress By Julie de Lebran, the designer showed her debut lineup of 21 looks in her home. “I thought it was nicer and easier,” she said. “Since I’m in my universe, I feel more relaxed and I like to have people over, even if I’m not a very good cook. I tend to get stressed in the kitchen.” (Her caterer filled the void, supplying a feast of veggie-based hors d’oeuvres.)
De Libran focused on dresses precisely because they feel so personal to her — she designed her first one at 14, for a school dance — and they represent “infinite creativity.” Yet this was no fantasy-come-to-life. Rather de Libran showed a range of distinctive looks for women who believe in dressing up at night,

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Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall 2019

Ulyana Sergeenko’s luxury loving jetsetter left behind her old life in search of adventure, traveling east to Uzbekistan with only the clothes on her back — namely the burgundy patent leather trench dress and black-and-white bustier gown of the opening looks in the Russian designer’s fall couture collection.
When she arrives, her wardrobe takes on the influences of Samarkand, with its Islamic architecture and influential position on the ancient Silk Road, picking up her eclectic finds in the city’s bustling souks, overtaking the senses.
Metallic motifs found their way onto fluid organza dresses and harem pants in a deep palette of forest green and burgundy, adorned with colorful tassels or sequins. Her voluminous capes were worked in hand-painted silk in black or mustard yellow or inspired by the geometric patterns of the carpets of the region.
Decadent bodices and dresses offered a colorful display of allover sequins. In other looks, ballooning silks and jacquards undulated in an array of pink and lilac shades or orange and gold. Sergeenko amplified the silhouette with exaggerated shoulders, ample skirts and cinched waists, one of her signatures.
There was a charm in the balance of opulence and folklore to many of the looks, taking Sergeenko into new territory

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Paris Scene: What’s New for Couture Season

Paris is on fire — and that’s not just temperature-wise. From new shops, restaurants, spas and art exhibitions, the city is a hotbed of newness. Here’s a selection of where to go during this summer’s couture season.
NEW LEGACY: The Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s Paris has a new retail space, called Legacy. Set up by Bow Group and Sébastien Chapelle, who formerly headed the watches and high-tech offer at Colette, the space sells high-tech grooming tools from Dyson and Braun; exclusive watch models from labels such as Corum and Casio G-Shock; jewelry, and books by Rizzoli and Taschen. Interior decorator Jacques Garcia designed the plush space, which is tucked next to the Marta bar, with red moiré curtains and a purple carpet. — Mimosa Spencer
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HITTING THE TOWN: An eighth-floor rooftop bar, an arty terrace and a former train station transformed into a colorful restaurant: This couture season, Paris is teeming with exciting new spots to let off steam in between shows.
After a bit of shopping at Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, head to the eighth floor of the building to take in the spectacular panoramic view of the Opéra Garnier and the

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Christian Louboutin to Be Honored by the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT

IF THE SHOE FITS: Christian Louboutin will be the guest of honor at the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT’s annual luncheon.
The footwear designer is internationally known for his red-soled footwear that is routinely worn by a slew of celebrities including Rachel Brosnahan, Bella Hadid, Adriana Lima, Martha Hunt and Hailey Clauson in recent weeks alone. Louboutin will receive this year’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion at the Sept. 4 event at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. As in years past, the luncheon is the unofficial curtain-raiser to New York Fashion week and it will benefit The Museum at FIT.
Louboutin has been singled out for “his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion” by an advisory committee, chaired by MFIT’s director Valerie Steele. The committee includes: Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey, Vogue’s international editor at large Hamish Bowles, Triple Five Group’s chief creative officer Ken Downing, Bergdorf Goodman’s senior vice president of fashion and store presentation director Linda Fargo, Fashion Art Forecasting’s executive consultant Nicole Fischelis; Kyoto Costume Institute’s director emerita Akiko Fukai; Couture Council board member Kamie Lightburn; The Museum at FIT’s deputy director Patricia Mears; Vogue’s Suzy Menkes;

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Azzi & Osta Couture Spring 2019

Lebanese designers George Azzi and Assaad Osta presented their silk road inspired couture collection in Paris. The designers, who both worked with Elie Saab, before launching their own label, have known each other since design school days and shared a mutual fascination with journey of dressmaking. “It was always very fascinating to us how silk as a luxury had to travel from one side of the earth to another to get to the royal courts of Europe,” Osta said. Each piece from the collection paid tribute to a city, monument or memorable landmark along the road. The designers used various techniques including pleating, antique embroideries and the sculptured structures to reflect the journey. The color palette reflected of the skies from dusk to dawn, with shades of jade green, cerulean blue, jasmine white, powder pink, lilac, mulberry yellow and twilight blue.
“The idea of how secretive and protected the provenance and art of silk making was is very similar to couture, the savoir faire, the well-kept secret of the couture house, and the journey that undertakes every piece,” Azzi added. The designers have caught the attention of celebrities, dressing Beyoncé, Cardi B and Kendall Jenner.

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The Top Looks of Paris Couture 2019

Valentino, Chanel, Givenchy and more in WSJ.’s best of the 2019 Paris couture shows.
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Viktor & Rolf’s Couture Show Goes Viral on Instagram

Viktor & Rolf’s Instagram-inspired couture collection is coming full circle: It’s gone viral.
Taking inspiration from Instagram caption one-liners, like “Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come” and “I’m not shy I just don’t like you,” the brand’s fanciful collection of tulle ballgowns at Wednesday’s spring 2019 couture show has been flooding Instagram feeds and has even inspired a number of memes.
Artist and meme account Saint Hoax joined in on the fun with a series of altered images from the Viktor & Rolf runway featuring celebrities and quotes they’re infamously known for, like Lady Gaga’s overused “100 people in the room” story from the “A Star Is Born” press tour and one of Kris Jenner’s most memorable quotes from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
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Calling the collection of dresses “Fashion Statements,” the designers wanted to balance the overused sayings with over-the-top dresses that reference the ruffles and large silhouettes of period dress.
“It’s the kind of message you find on social media, with the same instant feeling,” Rolf Snoeren noted during a preview of the collection with WWD. “All these statements that are so obvious or easy — there’s a lot of banality on Instagram and social media in

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Aganovich Couture Spring 2019

It was a striking scene. Ghostly couture silhouettes designed by Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind Aganovich, seemed eerier still once set against the backdrop of a carpenter’s workshop.
A roaring fire rattled the panes of the Parisian atelier to the sound of pigeons cooing while models slowly navigated their way along the machines, surrounded by wood planks and various hardware. The label’s second couture collection explored the story of a woman on a journey: “She’s armed and protected, but as she goes through life things happen and she becomes someone different,” Aganovich explained.
This was expressed by trailing unfinished hems, giving the impression of the looks unraveling before the viewers’ eyes. The models’ faces were constricted by veils, with the occasional addition of fake locks of hair piled on top of their heads.
The looks were all about contrast. White billowing silhouettes were pitted against yellow plaid suits, a Victorian gown followed a jacket with a structured waist, and a delicate feather-rimmed skirt was given a hard edge when paired with leather boots held up by safety pins.
As expected of a couture collection, all the materials were treated in Paris by the label’s atelier. The brand uses the same patterns as

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Yuima Nakazato Couture Spring 2019

Is couture, the French word for sewing, still couture if there is no needle or thread involved? Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato thinks so.
His spring 2019 couture collection was created via a new production system named Type-1, a combination of digital fabrication and artisanal techniques. Tiny buttons in either metal or plastic are used to assemble pieces of laser-cut fabric from preexisting garments, which can be customized at leisure.
This procedure is meant to both extend the lifetime of a garment and create clothing that has personal meaning. In the manner of the traditional Japanese kimono, made of simple rectangular units that can be rebuilt and worn across generations, Nakazato based his collection around eight different people who took a meaningful item and made it into a wearable piece of clothing. A widow transformed her husband’s paintings into delicate smock dresses, while a child’s plush toys and favorite teddies were turned into a bespoke garment. Different scraps of lace were fixed together in a patchwork creating a flowing Victorian dress, the Type-1 rivets drawing a dotted line along the seams.
“The collection started as an endeavor to extend the lifetime of each garment,” said the designer, who aims to develop a customization concept inviting

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Rami Kadi Couture Spring 2019

Lebanese-American designer Rami Kadi offered up a firework display that was an explosion of color and glitter for his first runway presentation. Inspired by the Burning Man festival. In that context, his heavily embellished designs registered as something of an acid-induced hallucination of iridescent sequin strands, mirrored Plexiglas forms and neon and crystal beading.
Bustier skater dresses and slinky full-length numbers mingled with embroidered leggings or chaps, with many designs playing with asymmetry through the addition of contrasting ruffles or black patent leather half-coat features. Elaborate tribal headdresses topped several looks, enhancing the ritualistic drum beat of Kadi’s couture trip.

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Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2019

Guests arriving at Giambattista Valli’s show at the Centre Pompidou in Paris had diamonds on the soles of their shoes: the carpet was strewn with pounds of glittering Swarovski crystals that crunched underfoot. “Paris by night,” said the designer backstage. “It’s the feeling of lightness.”
That’s been in short supply this season, as couture houses struggled to complete their collections amid ongoing protests by the gilets jaunes movement, which delayed deliveries and blocked access to studios and workshops.
“I haven’t slept in two days because, like everyone, we were delayed by the gilets jaunes. It was a catastrophe,” Valli said. In fact, dresses were still being finished at the last minute, meaning the show started almost an hour late.
So what to do when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade, naturellement. “Today, France is being torn apart culturally and socially. I thought it was important to remind myself why I came here, and what makes it an extraordinary country,” the Italian designer explained.
Hence his deep dive into the essence of Paris couture, with a show that featured his signature extravagant trains, but also touched upon Orientalism and a louche sensuality that is oh-so-Parisienne. The starting point was a 1977 Helmut Newton photograph of

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Asia Argento Is a ‘Victorious Woman’ for Antonio Grimaldi Couture

LABYRINTH WOMAN: Asia Argento has just been cast in a new role.
The Italian actress stepped in to play Ariadne, the Cretan princess who helps Theseus out of the Minautor’s labyrinth, according to Greek mythology, in designer Antonio Grimaldi’s fall 2019 couture show on Monday.

Asia Argento on the catwalk 
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“Once she rescued Theseus, who she had fallen in love with, Ariadne was abandoned on the island of Naxos,” explained the designer, who themed his collection around the mythical love story and the symbol of the labyrinth. “Richard Strauss wrote an opera about it, which we will play as Asia closes the show.”
The designer confessed to have been “in love” with the actress for a long time. “I think she is a labyrinth woman,” he said backstage to Argento, who was sporting a gray embellished top and trousers designed by Grimaldi. “She’s my Ariadne.”

Asia Argento backstage at the Antonio Grimaldi fall 2019 couture show. 
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The collection mostly consisted of light colors. Spherical shapes and intricate embroideries hinted at the labyrinth theme, while a couple of flowing black and fuchsia dresses referenced the fiery love story. Models wore golden grids in front of their eyes, lending them a mysterious look. Gold insect-shaped jewelry

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Paris Scene: New Haunts to Check Out During Couture Season

Here are some ideas of the latest places to shop, eat, view art and get pampered in the City of Light, in between couture shows that begin on Monday. 
DOWN THE MOUNTAIN: Rossignol has come down the mountains and planted its ski batons — and apparel to match — in the center of Paris. The new Left Bank store was designed by Luca Azzoni’s architecture firm with the sporty heritage of the label in mind and includes touches of the dark slate rock used at the company headquarters in the Alps. Spread over 1,000 square feet, the space offers a mix of technical gear and contemporary street fashion, reflecting the label’s push from ski stations into urban areas. A longstanding collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has produced more playful pieces in the boutique. The store also offers click-and-collect services. — Mimosa Spencer
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EATING OUT: Whether you’re looking to discover new cuisines, dine on the Seine or party the night away, these four new Parisian spots have got you covered during couture week.
In between shows in the Marais, head over to trendy Rue Charlot to sample

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Balmain Returning to Couture

Look for Balmain on the couture calendar in January. Olivier Rousteing revealed this morning at WWD’s Retail & Apparel CEO Summit that he will be leading that charge.
Rousteing is “looking to bring back the Parisian DNA,” he said.
The prospect has a lot of business potential considering 80 percent of Balmain’s sales stem from ready-to-wear.
Accessories, fragrance and cosmetics are also on his wish list.
It’s a return to couture for Balmain for the first time in 16 years, since the departure of Oscar de la Renta in 2002.
Rousteing sounded as though he is up for the task. In the course of the discussion, he mentioned the importance of timelessness, quality and knowing your customers — or in his case, Balmain army.
For full coverage of the event, see WWD.com.

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Catherine Deneuve Set to Sell YSL Wardrobe During Couture Week

BELLE DE JOUR: French actress Catherine Deneuve is putting her personal collection of Yves Saint Laurent pieces up for auction at Christie’s France.
Starting January 23 during Paris Couture Week, the auction house will unveil 300 items of clothing and accessories belonging to Deneuve, a longtime friend of Saint Laurent’s.
It will put on sale 150 lots on January 24, with additional pieces being presented online from January 23 to January 30. An exhibition of the lots will be open to the public between January 19 and 24.
“Today, I am letting go of my house in Normandy where I kept this collection, not without sadness,” said Deneuve in a statement. “These are creations by such a talented man, who only designed to make women more beautiful.”
A standout piece up for sale is a short, fringed and embroidered dress from the spring 1969 haute couture collection that Deneuve wore when she first met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969, estimated to sell for between 3,000 euros and 5,000 euros.
Other lots include a long peacock blue silk evening dress from the fall 1997 collection worth 2,000 to 3,000 euros, and a black wool Le Smoking tuxedo, chosen by Deneuve to wear at the couture house’s 20th

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Juicy Couture Pokes Fun at Influencer Culture in New Campaign

Juicy Couture is getting in line with social media standards, tongue-in-cheek.
The brand unveiled today its fall 2018 global campaign: a play on influencer culture that features seven models posing as “influencers.” Photographed in New York City by Stas May, the images include a tag line that reads “paid partnership with Juicy Couture,” as well as the models’ Instagram handles and #JuicyAd.

Nisaa Pouncey in Juicy Couture’s Fall 2018 campaign. 
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The #JuicyAd campaign pokes fun at influencer culture, specifically how the majority of influencer posts are now paid for by a brand. The models featured are Nisaa Pouncey (@nisaapouncey), Devon Lee Carlson (@devonleecarlson), Ashley Shoemaker (@ashley.shoemakerr), Charlene Almarvez (@charlenealmarvez), Issa Lish (@issallen), Tanya Kizko (@tanyakizko) and @reltubatokad. Their followings range in size from a few thousand to nearly 400,000.

Issa Lish in Juicy Couture’s fall 2018 campaign. 
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Influencer culture continues to reach new heights. Last week, RewardStyle announced a forthcoming coffee-table book on influencers due out in September. Simultaneously, anti-influencer accounts like Gelcream are emerging, swearing off #SponCon in the process.
Still, data shows that influencers are more powerful than ever, and brands are facing increased competition to work with the top ones. Juicy Couture is the latest to get in on the action —

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Ada Kokosar Debuts Solo Shoe Collection During Paris Couture

After debuting last season with a shoe range for Cesare Paciotti and earlier this year with a collaboration with Dodo Bar Or, Ada Kokosar presented the first solo footwear collection of Midnight 00 by Ada Kokosar at the Meurice during Couture Week. The fashion consultant took over the hotel’s Belle Etoile suite overlooking the Tuileries garden, filling it with plants until the luxury accommodation looked like it had been overrun by nature during Sleeping Beauty’s century-long nap.
What is unique about these slippers is the high-gloss finish brought by the PVC that Kokosar drapes on each draped-and-embellished design. “As a reference, I wanted to take the most iconic and utopian shoe of all times, Cinderella’s glass slipper,” she said, showing off a glossy mule with flourishes of soft fabric peeking at the edges and decorated with a bejeweled crescent moon — the brand’s emblem. Heels and flats came in soft yet saturated shades of lilac, peach or pink fabric — silk satin, duchesse or super-soft cotton. Most striking of all was the transparent ruffle that encases shoe and ankle in a shell-like cocoon. Cherry on this highly iced cake? “The PVC makes the shoe last for a very long time: it

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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2018

Remember when you could smoke in restaurants, airplanes, cinemas — even while driving your kids to school? What was once considered a harmless pastime is fast going the way of the dodo, but Jean Paul Gaultier has never been one for political correctness.
His fall couture show was an ode to Le Smoking, the tuxedo suit for women created by Yves Saint Laurent that has become a mainstay of Gaultier’s repertoire. In one of those semantic leaps he is fond of, it also doubled as a celebration of La Cigarette.
Dark silhouettes shrouded in curls of smoke lined the walls of the designer’s headquarters, while long plumes of smoke were projected onto the runway curtains. To cap off the cabaret ambience, Gaultier pumped actual smoke into the room, though it could have been steam rising from the audience in the saunalike venue.
The show was a coed affair, kicking off with a series of men’s looks worn by models, including five dancers from Gaultier’s upcoming “Fashion Freak Show” musical revue, and maybe a couple of the bouncers, too, judging from their tanklike builds.
A black tuxedo jacket came with nifty pockets for storing cigarettes, a lighter and even an umbrella that slid into a

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Fendi Couture Fall 2018

Add another distinction to Karl Lagerfeld’s superhuman résumé: fashion’s only two-timing couturier. With the Fendi collection he and Silvia Venturini Fendi showed on Wednesday, the house has officially shifted from haute fourrure to haute couture — and it’s more than a name change.
“This tradition of fur allows us to do couture: clothes made with fur, but also with other materials,” said the brand’s chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig, before the show. “We thought it was more coherent to call it couture, because that is the service we are going to offer. A lot of our clients are attending the show and a dinner afterward. Then we will be holding appointments for three days at the Hôtel de La Salle.”
Speaking of those clients, 180 or so in attendance, would a little thing like a heat wave keep some from breaking out their latest fur purchase? What do you think? Next season, they won’t have to think twice — literally. Because while Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi worked a pair of interesting if not atypical creative themes — paintings and a plate (the work of Czech painter František Kupka, on exhibit at the Grand Palais, and a plate featuring a lattice and

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Alexandre Vauthier Couture Fall 2018

Alexandre Vauthier’s mission has always been hooked on a less sacred, more approachable take on couture. But he’s never let go of his passion for the genre’s Eighties heyday, and the codes of the couturier greats.
Here his homage took on a Rue Cambon flavor, with looks pairing black boater hats, tailored jackets, white shirts and black satin bows conjuring a young Inès de La Fressange.
Vauthier backstage described it as a celebration of the savoir-faire of France’s métiers d’art.
“When it’s pleated, it’s Lognon; when there are feathers, it’s Lemarié; when it’s embroidered, it’s Lesage; all the hats are Maison Michel, the jewelry is Goossens,” he said.
Among the most labor-intensive pieces, 1,850 hours of handiwork had gone into the vivid disco gowns embroidered with tiny crystals. They caught the light. But more exquisite were the gleaming, jet-embroidered bustier minidress and a tiered black gown interspersing ruffled lace and sheer panels, a satin ribbon streaming down the front.
Breaking the old-glamour vibe — a little too abruptly — were the baggy fabric boots that resembled cut-off pants, and the tulle-edged PVC minis and skirts.
The craftsmanship — from the dramatic sprays of cock feathers used as shoulder accents or covering a dress, to the gowns

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Armani Privé Couture Fall 2018

It was 30 minutes (and 96 looks) in a 12-minute world, and worth every second of viewing.
On Tuesday evening in the gilded salons of the Italian Embassy, splendid in their intimacy, Giorgio Armani awed with his Armani Privé collection. It may have been his best ever. In his program notes, Armani said that he sought to capture “couture…as it once was: the authentic essence of luxury and perfection, the notion intended as instructional for ‘the young generation’ and the style of presentation, ‘almost regal.’”
If that sounds pedantic, it wasn’t at all. Rather, Armani presented an array of alluring, exquisitely crafted clothes that were elevated as befits the haute genre and diverse enough to satiate the desires of a range of couture clients.
Of course, Armani focused on high evening. He pioneered the red-carpet phenomenon as it exists today, and time and again he uses his Privé runway to remind that he’s not seceding a smidgen of his hard-earned turf to anyone. But first the daywear — lovely! And utterly controlled: sensible shoulder options on smart, shapely jackets; pants sans tricks (and mostly pants for day); the occasional well-placed flourish in a contrasting collar or graphic piping on a sleeve.
That all-neutral opening,

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Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2018

Giambattista Valli is a man who knows a thing or two about excess — after all, some of his gowns require 400 yards of fabric — so it came as a surprise that the opening look of his fall couture collection consisted of nothing more than a black bow-tie bandeau top and high-waisted pants.
A closer look revealed that this may be his most extravagant look yet: the model’s fingers dripped with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Chopard rings set with diamonds, including a gobstopper of a 38-carat rock. Wrapped around her sandals were two thick glittering chains. Welcome to the fly girl, Valli style.
“There is a very strong sense of youth in this haute couture. Why? Because we have a lot of new generations of young girls coming and buying haute couture from all over the world, so that’s very nice and it’s very inspiring, and they have a different attitude to wearing it,” the designer explained backstage.
“They have that kind of sense to wear haute couture like they are wearing jeans and a T-shirt. They don’t have any complex. There is a little bit of ghetto girls — luxury ghetto girls, whatever you want to call it

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Ralph & Russo Couture Fall 2018

Ralph & Russo may not have made the dress for Meghan Markle’s royal wedding but that certainly didn’t take any wind out of their sails. The new Duchess of Sussex remains a muse — Michael Russo demurred on whether she was still a client — and business is still booming. Having just opened in the Dubai Mall, several other openings are slated for the coming months.
The couple named Jacqueline de Ribes as inspiration for a fall collection of 47 looks. Like the French fashion icon, the brand knows how to make an entrance, opening with an asymmetric off-white tailored dress with a daring slit that revealed a black garter around a toned thigh. “We wanted to set the tone for the early Eighties era of bold, sexy femininity,” said Tamara Ralph after the show.
Crystallizing the mood of the season were a multicolored chiffon kaftan in tones of fluorescent pink, yellow and aqua; a black off-the-shoulder sheath in black tulle that left the corsage, bustle and garter visible, and structured silhouettes with marked shoulders and waists.
Ralph was at her most focused when cutting closer to the body in silhouettes that exuded sensuality, rife with well-placed flashes of skin and lashings of

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Givenchy Couture Fall 2018

Clare Waight Keller’s couture collection for Givenchy fascinated on multiple levels. For one, she addressed the question of house legacy. What is legacy? Do house codes matter? Should they matter?
After the death of Hubert de Givenchy in March at the age of 91, Waight Keller thought it appropriate to make her fall 2108 collection an homage to the founder. It wasn’t her first such statement. In what may be the most famous dress she will ever design, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, the designer drew inspiration from a 1964 dress photographed in Vogue on Givenchy’s lifelong muse, Audrey Hepburn.
Today, it’s Hepburn most people think of when they think of Givenchy. Otherwise, despite a rich, inventive career, Givenchy himself outlasted broad-stroke knowledge of his professional signatures, and Waight Keller’s predecessor Riccardo Tisci so shaped the house in his own likeness that she now needn’t take on the burden of the archives.
Instead, Waight Keller chooses to. Her program notes quoted Roger Caillois, from “The Writing of Stones”: “A multitude of new inscriptions is added to the writing in the stones,“ and offered that for fall, she “glimpses beyond the tangible toward a profound and sparking fantasia.” And so she did, the profundity delivered

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RVDK Ronald van der Kemp Couture Fall 2018

You don’t need to know about Ronald van der Kemp’s stance on sustainability to enjoy his work, but it certainly gives it added relevance at a time where H&M sits on 4.3 billion dollars’ worth of unsold inventory.
The Dutch designer’s message remains the same: the only sustainable way forward is by making the most of what’s in front of you. Through this iteration of his upcycled collage of vintage fabric finds and unusual materials, Van der Kemp zeroed in on the idea of disposable clothes, opposing the paper dresses of the Sixties to the “disposable clothes on the high street”. “You can make something from leftovers, and you don’t have to know they’re leftovers,” he said, pointing out how he’d machine-washed cardboard until it became pliant enough to be cut to make a pair of achingly cool metallicized trousers.
Looking for a particular theme is moot here, as he draws together his re-purposed material in a joyous clash that imparts a perpetual of-the-moment feel. As ever, he remains undaunted at the idea of offering outré pairings, or of being handed materials other may consider sub par.
An unmistakable Eighties flair crossed with a certain Space Age modernism makes these latest designs smoulder. Van

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Paris Couture Houses Prepare to Pull Out the Stops

PARIS — The Paris couture calendar promises to be another packed affair, showcasing everything from the most exclusive made-to-order clothing, jewelry and shoes to resort collections — not to mention fragrance launches, collaborations and Fendi’s “haute fourrure.”
Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf will celebrate 25 years of existence, while Julie de Libran is set to show a one-off collection under the Atelier Sonia Rykiel label to mark the 50th anniversary of the house.
The U.S. presence has been scaled back, with both Rodarte and Proenza Schouler bowing out this season, though Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are expected in town for the launch of their makeup collection with Lancôme.
Aganovich and Noureddine Amir — the latter a protégé of the late Pierre Bergé — are joining the official calendar. Meanwhile, Vetements is returning to couture week with an off-calendar ready-to-wear show, alongside Acne Studios, while Peter Dundas is showing his resort collection.
Keeping up its steady pace of events since the death of founder Azzedine Alaïa, his namesake house will unveil “The Secret Alchemy of a Fashion Show,” an exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard, who also has a surprise project up his sleeve, due to be unveiled in a series of extremely intimate presentations.
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Sonia Rykiel to Present During Couture

The calendar changes keep coming. The latest addition to the July Paris couture schedule makes more sense than some of the other moves in recent years. As Sonia Rykiel celebrates its 50th year, the brand has been invited by National Fédération de la Couture et de la Mode to present a collection named “ L’Atelier” during next July couture week. The special collection will highlight the work of Julie de Libran, Sonia Rykiel’s current artistic director, as well as the house history of savoir-faire and strong women. The special presentation will take place at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris on July 1 at 11 a.m.

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How Gal Gadot Mixes $50 Shoes With Couture: Her Stylist Explains

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How Gal Gadot Mixes $50 Shoes With Couture: Her Stylist Explains

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Dior Brings Couture to Chinese Fans

SHANGHAI — Dior was back in Shanghai for its second major event in as many weeks, reshowing its haute couture collection on Thursday night, with the addition of a 12-piece capsule couture collection offered as an homage to China.
According to artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the inspiration for the new pieces, fashioned in red and pink, came from Dior’s archives, where she found an object that signified the fascination Christian Dior himself had for China.
“I found this fan in the archive that Christian Dior did for his first show. He also used the fan to put on top of the Miss Dior perfume because he wanted people not only to see the collection but to smell the idea of the Dior house. This capsule translates parts of the Dior archive into the pleats, like the fan. We work with the pleats of Mr. Dior, like the Bar jacket, the skirt and also the evening dress,” she explained.
A large coterie of Dior people has been in Shanghai preparing for the show and taking appointments with couture clients. For Chiuri, taking this collection, which was shown in January at the Musée Rodin in Paris, on the road is an ideal way to

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Juicy Couture Track Collection Boasts Major Bling Courtesy of Swarovski

Juicy Couture continues to hit the refresh button on heritage styles — and why not, given all the love the Nineties are getting in fashion these days? The company’s latest track collection aims to turn heads with many of the pieces boasting Swarovski crystal embellishments and customizable details.
The 16-piece offering can be personalized via options such as monogramming or color selection. Prices range from $ 275 for a cropped jacket that can be customized to $ 1,750 for Swarovski-embellished velour shorts.
Designing the collection presented a moment to go back to the company’s roots, especially after creative director Jamie Mizrahi presented a fall collection that viewed Juicy Couture through the lens of the Seventies and Eighties. The collaboration with Swarovski is rooted in the brand’s heyday and is a nod to the crystal-embellished tracksuits of the Nineties, but with some modern twists, Mizrahi said.
“I think with every project we take on, whether it be our collections or collaborations, our first and foremost goal is to celebrate Juicy Couture as a brand, its heritage,” Mizrahi said. “It’s a widely recognized brand with a widely recognized aesthetic and we never want to lose sight of that Juicy girl.”
For Mizrahi, the past few seasons have been

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Designers Use Epson Technology for Themed Couture Presentation

DRESSED-UP TECHNOLOGY: For a fourth year, Epson is hosting its annual “digital couture project” pre-New York Fashion Week. The theme of the Feb. 6 presentation, to be held in New York, is “Cosmopolitan Couture with Impossible Colors — How Does Your Culture Dress Up?” Participating designers from North and Latin America will showcase designs that used Epson’s textile printing solutions. Keith Kratzberg, president and chief executive officer of Epson America Inc., said the “future of fashion is customization — from the colors and prints, to the size and shape of garments — all on-demand.”
Kratzberg said the company’s “digital-imaging technology is changing the business of fashion, providing a platform for designers to print higher-quality, more unique designs for customers on-demand, as well as the ability to print just in time.”
Prior to the fashion show, Epson is hosting a panel discussion on how digital technology is changing the fashion industry. Panel participants include: interior designer Ryan Korban; Mark Sunderland from Thomas Jefferson University, and Aliza Licht, executive vice president of brand marketing and communications for Alice + Olivia.
 
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Couture 2018 Trend: Speaking Volumes

Couture is filled with big ideas — some of the literal sort. While designers revealed their penchant for generous proportions mostly in billowing evening looks, some tailoring got the grand treatment as well.

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Dorhout Mees Postpones First Couture Showing

ON HOLD: Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees, who was set to present her first couture collection in Paris on Wednesday at 11a.m., has canceled her showing. “She decided to move her projects to July,” said a spokeswoman for the designer. Dorhout Mees has been showing her ready-to-wear in Paris since her fall 2016 collection, and is recognized for her bold, artisanal approach.

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Is the Juicy Couture Tracksuit Making a Comeback? These Celebs Say Yes

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Ermenegildo Zegna Couture to Debut XXX Collection in L.A.

Ermenegildo Zegna is making a play in the wearable fashion space with the debut of the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The collection of mix-and-match essentials retailing from $ 135 to $ 2,295 will be available at Zegna’s New York and Los Angeles boutiques from Tuesday and globally on Feb. 8.
The functional style concept comprising sweatshirts, denim, outerwear, caps and sneakers is made with natural and eco-friendly materials including pure cotton, recycled polyester and technical silk fabrics. From color-block bombers to floral, foliage and hand-designed motifs, including a subtle XXX logo, the sartorial symbol for “fatto a mano” (hand-made), the fashion-forward urban wear is meant to be versatile and fun.
The street smart wardrobe will be unveiled for celebrities and VIPs at a party hosted by Zegna artistic director Alessandro Sartori and featuring his friend (and creative collaborator) Benjamin Millepied, whose L.A. Dance Project will perform at the Sheats-Goldstein residence wearing six exclusive XXX Collection pieces that will only be sold in the U.S.
“The Ermenegildo Zegna Couture XXX Collection represents the coolest, youngest and more energetic side of the Ermenegildo Zegna brand,” said Sartori. “What I really like is to link the Milan Ermenegildo Zegna

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Christophe Josse and Noureddine Amir Join French Haute Couture Calendar

SEASONED NEWBIES: The French Fashion Federation had added Christophe Josse and Noureddine Amir as guest members to the haute couture calendar in January.
The 2018 dates for the haute couture shows are Jan. 22 to 25.
Amir’s work was promoted by Pierre Bergé last year, who hosted an exhibit of the Moroccan designer’s sculpted dresses at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.
Josse, a French designer who studied art history, obtained the official haute couture seal from the French fashion governing body in 2011 but took a break from haute couture in 2014.
Returning guest members are: A.F. Vandevorst, Antonio Grimaldi, Azzaro Couture, Galia Lahav, Georges Hobeika, Guo Pei, Hyun Mi Nielsen, Iris Van Herpen, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Proenza Schouler, Ralph&Russo, Rodarte, RVDK/Ronald Van Der Kemp, Ulyana Sergeenko, Xuan, Yuima Nakazato and Zuhair Murad.
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Scene Stealers: Rachel Zabar, Scion of Saul, Eschews Lox for Vintage Couture

Outfitting A-listers and dealing to archivists, the latest entrant into a small but fiercely competitive industry got her start at the caviar counter.
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Watch Céline Dion Model High-Fashion Couture While Eating French Fries and Dancing on a Boat

Celine Dion, VogueThere’s no doubt about it: Céline Dion has solidified her spot as one of the world’s most famous style icons.
The 40-year-old singer been hitting the stage in some of the…

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Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2017

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have always been heavy on concept, and here the design duo went heavy on fabric with a show based on lashings of a padded Japanese high-tech fabric manipulated into warped, couture-ified versions of that humble utilitarian men’s wear staple, the bomber jacket. They came paraded, in the show’s opening section, on “haute couture action dolls.” (Read: models sporting hilarious oversized dolls’ heads and Dr. Martens.) “Reality is so surreal sometimes, nowadays, so we wanted to show the surreal and the real,” said Snoeren, summing up their mission “in a nutshell.”
The designers morphed the garment every which way possible, including flipping it inside-out to put the safety orange on the outside. One sported a giant ruff collar; another an accumulation of trademark bows at the back, with folk patchwork quilting — a continuation of the brand’s upcycling movement — gradually creeping into the equation. The second chapter continued without the bobble heads and the couture bombers unzipped over streetwise patchwork denim and T-shirts.
The show felt reminiscent of past concepts — the brand’s fall 1998 Atomic Bomb collection exploring two ways of wearing the same outfits, say, or the fall 1999 Russian Doll collection — but without the

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Saint Laurent Backs Couture Training Program

Saint Laurent is the latest major fashion entity to get behind a program to nurture young talent. The company has developed what it terms “a training program for couture savoir-faire”  in partnership with two schools, the Institut Français de la Mode and the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
The six-month program will focus on innovation and sustainability, with the first course launching in September. Essentially, it’s an internship at Saint Laurent headquarters with students working in the company’s offices in addition to 25 days of courses held at the schools. Saint Laurent staff will work with interns from both schools in an experiential format central to which will be craft and creativity. At the end of the program in March 2018, the students will present a special project before a jury of school faculty and Saint Laurent staff.
The application process is currently underway and still open. Interested students can contact IFM and ECSCP.
“Preserving our heritage while evolving and being very relevant in our epoch is a pillar of our strategy, and investing in talents is an imperative condition to build on our success even further,” said Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Saint Laurent. “I am very proud of this partnership with

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Zuhair Murad Couture Fall 2017

Zuhair Murad was inspired by the Gibson Girls of the early 20th century for his parade of elegant gowns in powdery pastel tones.
The drawings of American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, with their evocation of women both beautiful and independent, provided the impetus for outfits that blended ethereal embellishment with bold features like slashed necklines and plunging backs.
A floor-sweeping chiffon dress and matching silk cape were printed with finely rendered thistles, an Edwardian symbol of devotion. A slightly more stylized version of the flower appeared as a shimmering floral appliqué on a light pink sheer dress with a cape-like bodice.
Murad worked his signature nude effects throughout, with outfits like a super-sheer pencil dress sprinkled with metallic flowers and strategically placed bands of ostrich feathers.
“When you see the dresses of this collection, you feel that it’s maybe heavy or that there’s a lot of embroidery or ornament, but in reality it’s very light,” the designer said backstage. “Women now want to fly, want to feel comfortable, sensual and happy.”
Some of the more voluminous ballgowns didn’t look ready for takeoff. But a light gray velvet jumpsuit — topped with a billowing ostrich-collared cape — could take you from the boudoir straight to the red

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Valentino Couture Fall 2017

Years ago, John Fairchild had a name for the type of fashion editor who early on embraced the shroudlike avant-garde side of the Eighties, and who appeared to fall into a state of rapture at shows she loved. That name: fashion nun. It wasn’t a compliment.
Would that Mr. Fairchild were around today, to sit down with Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli over a good bottle of red and engage in some serious guy talk about fashion. Perhaps the younger might convince the older that there’s nothing wrong with a little fashion religion.
He’d at least make an impressive case. Piccioli believes genuinely in the power of fashion, couture in particular, to elevate the spirit. Some may find that thought itself profane. At a preview, he explained his premise. “In this moment, everything is digital and about rationalism,” Piccioli said. “I think all of us are looking for something more spiritual, beyond reality. This is really close to the idea of couture because every aspect of the sacred is expressed by rituals, and couture is made by rituals. Sacred is what is beyond reality, what you don’t see but you just feel, you just perceive. What makes couture special, unique and magical is what you don’t see —

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Front Row at Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2017

INNER CIRCLE: Azzedine Alaïa’s couture show on Wednesday — the first by the house in six years — sparked special memories for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Farida Khelfa, who joined the likes of Daphne Guinness, Nicolas Ghesquière and Stephen Jones in the front row for the event, held at the designer’s Marais headquarters.
“It’s a very special place here at Azzedine’s,” said Bruni-Sarkozy recalling “shows here with all the girls, and days and days spent here, sometimes for fittings, sometimes just hanging out.” The singer said she has a new album due out on Oct. 6, “and I’ll be coming to America to promote it.”
A few rows down, Jean-Paul Goude, who was catching up with Patrick Demarchelier, at one point pausing, mesmerized, to stroke the photographer’s feral eyebrows, also shared his personal memories of working with Alaïa.
“I remember when I was living with Farida, one of my great loves, we hung out a lot together and I was very inspired by the fact that he was not only Azzedine Alaïa but that he was from the other side of the Mediterranean, like Farida, and that fascinated me,” said Goude, who revealed he’s working on a capsule for the Spanish clothing label Desigual.

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Fashion Review: At Couture Fashion Week, An Antidote to the Instagram Age

Fashion is rarely considered a corrective to social media addiction, but with the couture shows in Paris, it may have been just that.
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Fendi Couture Fall 2017

As the curtains parted at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, revealing a set of screens hand-painted with trees, the strains of Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” filled the air. You half expected Vaslav Nijinsky to come bounding out of the wings.
The Russian ballet dancer has been closely associated with the premises since he premiered another of his revolutionary choreographies, “The Rite of Spring,” at the venue in 1913 — famously causing a riot among spectators.
The show notes for Fendi’s fall “haute fourrure” show on Wednesday night did not namecheck Nijinsky, or the painter Léon Bakst, who designed sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes — but their influence was apparent in the collection’s painterly effects and exuberant celebration of nature.
After all, it was Bakst who once exhorted his fiancée to “dress up like a flower.” Karl Lagerfeld brought that image to life with skirts shaped like petals, cocoonlike capes and outfits bedecked in a garden’s worth of colorful blooms.
In front of an audience heavy with clients — and a box where Bernard Arnault, the owner of Fendi, sat with family members — the designer opened with a red lace dress with a capelike bodice dotted

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Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2017

The arrival of a pristine white card featuring an embossed putto, apparently taken from an architectural relief, got you wondering about the theme of Giorgio Armani’s Armani Privé show. Old World grandeur? Whimsical romance?
As it turned out, the image heralded not the show’s theme, “Mystery,” but Milan’s Palazzo Orsini, now owned by Armani and the site of his atelier. After years of a minimalist approach to his venue, for fall, Armani decided to up his ante in the set stakes, installing inside the Théâtre National de Chaillot imagery derived from the palazzo’s interiors: in the reception area, large photographs of murals and, lining the walls of the runway space, a mini replica of a lavishly paneled room. It made for a lovely setting, made lovelier still by American-level air-conditioning and seating with ample rear-end room.
By transplanting to Paris the trappings of his Milanese base, Armani seemed to telegraph that this would be a deeply personal collection, no less than if he’d played “I Gotta Be Me” on his soundtrack. Yet while all of the signatures were there — the specific tailoring, the fabric mixes, the wacky hats — Armani stuck a pin in Privé’s typical grande dame attitude, letting some

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Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and More Serve Up Serious Style at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Jennifer Lawrence, Paris Fashion WeekIt may be two days before the Fourth of July, but many of the most fashionable Americans are actually in the City of Lights for the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture in France.
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Front Row at Christian Dior Couture Fall 2017

HEAT IS ON: What to wear when faced with such unpredictable weather? Guests including Jennifer Lawrence and Céline Dion were caught by the baking conditions at Christian Dior’s outdoor couture show on Monday, with the travel-themed set — think dry grass studded with trees and wooden animal sculptures — creating a safari vibe.
Hedging her bets, Lawrence had layered a chunky black-and-white cardigan over her white lace dress, accessorized with quirky boxer-style Dior high-tops, while Dion donned a belted mustard leather shirtdress. “I never regret wearing Dior, you can’t, whether it’s light or heavy, and what a magical moment for [Maria Grazia Chiuri] to present her collection under blue skies,” said the gracious singer, who is on the French leg of her European tour.
“I love how natural everything is,” said Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse, who had matched her embroidered Dior pants with a pair of leather flip-flops embellished with fluffy yellow feathers. She was feeling quite daring. “You know, I wear a lot of slides, I don’t wear a lot of flip-flops, so it feels a little foreign around my toes, but I’m really happy that it’s warmer than this morning and yellow is my favorite color,” said the model and actress, who

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Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2017

Fresh from the news that he has a new investor — French billionaire François Pinault, no less — Giambattista Valli decided to say it with flowers, with a fall couture show that was an ode to spring gardens.
Pinault sat in a curved outdoor gallery at the Petit Palais, swept by the last rays of a blinding summer sun, alongside guests including pop diva Céline Dion and Valli’s faithful young socialite set — Olivia Palermo, Lauren Santo Domingo, Bianca Brandolini, et al.
Models picked their way across the mosaic floor on needle-thin black satin platform stilettos that accentuated the thinness of their legs, poking out of minidresses embellished with lace, sequins, embroideries and macramé in dense floral textures.
These alternated with draped chiffon dresses in  pastel shades, including one that Valli described as “cuisse de nymphe émue” — an old variety of rose known in English as Great Maiden’s Blush. Valli’s sylphs may look inoffensive, but their blood-red lipstick and killer heels suggested otherwise.
“Nymphs and muses,” the designer said after the show. “The idea is to have this kind of freshness of these innocent girls, but with a slightly perverse touch.”
He added structure with panels of jet bead embroidery and bold graphic accents

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Fashion Review: The Melting Pot of Couture

Did Rodarte and Proenza Schouler hold their own in Paris? How was Peter Dundas’s debut? These and other pressing fashion questions, answered.
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Front Row at Schiaparelli Couture Fall 2017

THINK PINK: Several famous faces sitting front row at Schiaparelli on Monday morning brightened the occasion with a colorful tribute to the storied brand’s signature fuchsia hue.
Among them, Tracee Ellis Ross, who had stopped in Paris before jetting to Italy for a vacation, was sporting a strapless gown and matching suede shoes with a heart-shaped cutout across the foot.
“I’m obsessed with these shoes, I’m hoping to steal them,” said the actress and model. “Or buy a pair.”
Rossy de Palma, accompanied by her daughter Luna, also worked the theme in a hot pink blouse and matching flower in her hair.
“It’s her first couture défilé, she’s so excited,” she said of her daughter. “I’m living this with such enthusiasm, as if it was my first time.”
De Palma is soon to appear in Amanda Sthers’ “Madame,” out in November, in which she stars alongside Harvey Keitel.
Another guest with a footwear focus was Daphne Guinness, who sported a pair of sky-high purple sequined heelless platforms. “I designed these with my friend Noritaka,” she said, referencing the designer Noritaka Tatehana. “These are my singing shoes,” said the heiress, who has just finished mixing her second album.
Also sitting front row were Pixie Lott, Lady Kitty Spencer,

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Azzaro Couture Fall 2017

For his first effort at the helm of Azzaro, Maxime Simoens did everything he could to catch the light: rhinestone chokers held up fluid swathes of silk; crystals climbed the sleeves of a slinky long-sleeve minidress; dots of light gleamed and outlined the folds of a drape. Even a transparent plastic raincoat reflected the slightest ray. Backs, reflected in the mirrored décor, revealed embellishments that left the front of outfits simple.
Backstage, the designer, who  recently stepped back into fashion, reaffirmed his desire to pay homage to Loris Azzaro and his bejeweled dresses. “There are many different kinds of couture today. The overwrought version of couture and the women who dressed like this don’t really exist anymore,” he said, adding that this collection was a mix of couture and “couture-à-porter,” to be sold through retailers.
Most memorable were the opening dress – a reinterpretation of the three-ring dress, this time with the holes placed on the back – aviator jackets trimmed in chinchilla, and trousers with sheer or crystal inlays at the hips.
More From Paris Haute Couture Week Spring 2017:
Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2017: The collection blended Baroque references and rock ‘n’ roll — with a soupçon of 3-D printing.
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Couture Week Tells Its Stories on Instagram

HASHTAG COUTURE: The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the recently renamed governing body of French fashion, is reprising its Instagram curation in time for the July couture shows, which began today in Paris.
Supermodel and entrepreneur Natalia Vodianova, fashion bloggers Helena Bordon and Tina Leung, fashion editors Emma Hope Allwood and Meruyert Ibragim, The Webster’s Laure Hériard-Dubreuil, illustrator Kris Atomic, stylist Jonathan Huguet, and photographers James Bort and Stéphane Feugère have been invited to create exclusive content for the federation’s @ParisFashionWeek account.
These 11 personalities — with a combined reach of around four million — are expected to capture the high-fashion and jewelry scene via the photo-sharing network’s Instagram Stories feature.
The federation’s social initiative will culminate on July 5 with the annual Soirée Haute Couture. A photo studio designed to look like a “mini runway show” will be installed in the Petit Palais, to capture guests in their finery. Designers and couturiers have been invited to bring the entourage that best represents their house and brand to the “La Vie en Rose”-themed event.
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De Grisogono Hosts Dinner at Caviar Kaspia During Couture Week

CAVIAR AND DIAMONDS: “Fawaz, Fawaz!” The calls for attention from the De Grisogono founder and chief executive Fawaz Gruosi rang out as soon as the dessert was cleared at Caviar Kaspia and guests could extract themselves from the cramped tables and mingle.
Georgina Brandolini had organized the dinner during couture week, gathering a mix of clients, friends and socials.
When a full glass of red wine drenched his caviar potato, and his lap, Cerruti creative director Jason Basmajian looked on the bright side. “Now I can have two,” he said with a wink.
Becca Cason Thrash was heading to Venice the next morning to organize a charity event for Venetian Heritage that she is twinning with her popular Liaisons au Louvre fundraiser.
Gruosi said he’s sanguine about the business despite multiple challenges, and noted the high-end business continues to sparkle the most.

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Galia Lahav Couture Spring 2017

Design duo Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever were visibly moved as they took their bow at the end of their first Paris couture show. Indeed, backstage before the show, Sever described being accepted as a guest member on the couture calendar as the culmination of three decades of work for the Tel Aviv, Israel-based label, which is principally known for its bridal designs.
Inspired by the Victorian era in general and more specifically by a little-known designer called Jean-Marjorie Lacroix, who challenged the sartorial stereotypes of the time, Sever explained.
The designers sent out an array of gowns that combined the transparency of tulle fabrics, lace — some of it antique — guipure and sheer stretch fabrics with a multitude of embellishments and surface finishes.
Elaborate, extralong trains were morphed with the corsets of gowns decked with embroideries and glittering with beads and there were high collars, puff sleeves, sweetheart necklines, buttoned backs, peplums and pussy bow details aplenty, contrasting with the overtly sexy allure of their deep V necklines and sheer backs.
The use of velvet on certain designs added a different richness, as on a burgundy draped mermaid dress with its tulle point d’esprit bodice and short cape, or an off-the-shoulder corset

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Couture in the Shadow of the Women’s March

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Hyun Mi Nielsen Couture Spring 2017

It may have been Christine Hyun Mi Nielsen’s first solo collection, but the designer already has a solid résumé, having headed up women’s wear studios at Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and, most recently, Balenciaga, under Alexander Wang. She was one of six designers selected as guest members on the couture schedule this season, rare with a debut collection.
“It says a lot about the Federation and how supportive they are of new brands,” said the Danish designer, who was born in South Korea, backstage before the show.
Nielsen’s experience showed through in her designs, which she said were inspired by a dark period after she left Balenciaga and was feeling lost. “It happens,” she said. “Teams change.”
A dark, almost Gothic poetry emanated from many of her designs, which went from ethereal to verging on bondage in an unusual yet appealing play on contrasts. Organza and tulle were frayed and layered minutely in several black, white and burnt orange gowns, shaped into graphic ruffles that formed heart shapes around transparent panels. A murky green organza cape was adorned with floral embroideries in dark hues, and worn with straight black pants in a horizontally striped patchwork of leather, jacquard and tulle.
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85-Year-Old Model Carmen Dell’Orefice Was a Total Boss at Paris Couture Week

85-year-old model Carmen Dell’Orefice has been in the business since she was 15, and this week, she strutted down the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
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Valentino Couture Spring 2017

One could argue that this couture season saw two major debuts, the more obvious, that of Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri. In a sense, her former partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, had his own debut, his first solo couture collection for Valentino, since he and Chiuri ascended to the role of joint creative directors after the retirement of the house founder.
“To do couture for a designer is a great opportunity,” Piccioli said during a preview, appearing not at all frazzled on the eve of his third show in three weeks. (He’s shown men’s last week in Paris, and prior to that, pre-fall, in New York.) “For me to create couture, to have the opportunity to work with the atelier, is a dream come true.”
For spring, Piccioli staged another exquisite Valentino Dream sequence. That it was beautiful should surprise no one, given the portfolio he has put out there these past several years (albeit, until now, a tandem résumé). During that time, the house has soared among the elite of fashion on the strength of an aesthetic that seems antithetical to the modern world, one of grace and lyricism.
What did surprise: The challenging nature of the collection. These were not easy clothes. Exquisite, yes,

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Fashion Review: During Couture, Mirrors and Mazes at Chanel and Dior

Karl Lagerfeld built a mirrored salon in the Grand Palais, and Maria Grazia Chiuri constructed a magical mystery maze behind the Musée Rodin.
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On the Runway: Versace Says No to Couture Shows

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Schiaparelli, Julien Fournié Granted Couture House Status

COUTURE CLUB: The select circle of French couture houses has two new members: Schiaparelli and Julien Fournié.
The two brands were granted the haute couture tag at a meeting of a commission of France’s Industry Ministry held at the French Couture Federation on Dec. 16, French fashion’s governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.
There are now 15 fashion houses with the elite credentials, which carry stringent requirements, including established labels such as Dior and Chanel, as well as relative newcomers like Alexandre Vauthier and Alexis Mabille; seven correspondent members, including Giorgio Armani and Azzedine Alaïa, plus 15 guest members.
Founded in 1927 by Elsa Schiaparelli, her namesake label became famous in the Thirties for its collaborations with Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau, in addition to a series of fragrances including Shocking and Schiap.
The house, which closed in 1954, was relaunched in 2013 by Italian entrepreneur Diego Della Valle. Since 2015, its collections have been designed by Bertrand Guyon, who is to show his new couture creations on Jan. 23.
Fournié founded his label in 2009 after previously serving as creative director of Paris couture house Torrente and working alongside designers including Jean Paul Gaultier. His show is scheduled for Jan.

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Yanina Couture to Launch Ready-to-Wear Pieces for 2017

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Moscow-based couturier Yulia Yanina made her first-ever trip to Los Angeles this week to show off her fall collection. While her ethereal embroidered tulle and mesh gowns have been worn by Gigi Hadid, Gwen Stefani, Emma Roberts, Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson and Sophie Turner, among other stars, Yanina had so far only met a few of them in person. She has had rendezvous with several movie stars at the Cannes Film Festival, which she attends every year.
“Los Angeles is not what I thought it would be like, but I find the people here so friendly,” she said from her room at Chateau Marmont, surrounded by her birds of paradise and Russian love letter-themed collections. The designer, clad in a black satin embroidered coat dotted with ostrich feathers, which she paired with boyfriend jeans and mules, seemed to fit right in with the high-low vibe in Hollywood. Along with her daughter Daria, whom she sends to the States for celebrity fittings, she spoke of her inspirations, namely the romance of Imperial Russia. The skirts of several gowns were embroidered with skylines of St. Petersburg and profiles of Alexander Pushkin and his wife and muse Natalya,

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The Kindness Couture: What It Is And Why We Need It Now

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It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones. And I don’t mean unpleasantries that can’t be avoided like certain natural disasters. I’m talking about the ones we bring about and often cheer on ourselves; the rude-to-the-core, disrespectful, anger-fueled behaviors that humans engage in with a disturbing, brazen nonchalance. This is about disrespectful actions, hurtful innuendos, belittling, bullying, hurting instead of helping behaviors.

Enter The Kindness Couture, which I’ve created to help turn the tide away from such negativity so that we embrace the power of kindness.

It’s simple. Much like a coveted fashion, kindness makes us and those around us feel happy, confident, comforted, and secure. So it is with my Kindness Couture concept, where all that is kind, nice, and happy is always in style.

The Kindness Couture’s goal is to create an environment in which people unabashedly immerse themselves in kind actions and thoughts on a daily basis–towards others as well as themselves. It’s about living without feeling as though good behaviors and genuine actions should be hidden under a cloak of negativity, gossip and rudeness. It’s knowing that kindness isn’t synonymous with weakness, but that it’s something to be proud of.

So, let’s walk around strutting our sincerity, flaunting our good intentions. This is about wrapping ourselves up in kind actions and routinely making it a way of life that permeates the corporate culture, the family culture, one’s individual culture–and hopefully one day, all of humanity.

I’ve written previously about the topic of kindness in several Huffington Post articles, including one about my attempt to “put the ‘kind’ back in humankind.” In it, I describe the challenges and lessons learned in trying to turn frowns upside down, drawing on studies that explain the feel-good health benefits of being pleasant and the importance of genuine compassion.

In another article, I wrote about those who often said I was too nice, as if that was a bad thing. So, I explained my “niceness promise,” in which I declared that I will “… smile at others’ mean spirited intentions, turn from their unfounded words and…I will choose niceness. And I will continue to be nice.”

For the naysayers who think this is saying that cute puppy videos, helping others, and extending thoughtful words is too full of rainbows and unicorns and nonsense, I offer this from the aforementioned article:

With each senseless act, our souls are saddened and our spirits are shattered. From the Timothy McVeighs and Ted Kaczynskis, to the gun-toting maniacs found in schools and the ongoing ISIS horrors (let’s not forget the tragedy that unfolds at smaller, local levels — the animal abuser in our town, the rape of an elderly woman a few counties away, and so on), violence is running rampant.

Niceness, while it won’t take away the hurts or bring loved ones back, helps. It reminds us that while we may be down, we’re not completely out, at least for long. It encourages the healing process. It makes things okay, if only for a moment. Whether it’s a smile or a random act of kindness, niceness counts. In niceness (politeness, respect, manners — call it what you will) comes hope.

We need more pleases and thank yous. Not half muttered, obligatory ones that are said because we know it’s the right thing to do, but because we genuinely mean the words. Compliments should be extended for the sheer sake of offering honest praise, not because we think saying someone’s shoes look awesome will score us points in the get-a-promotion department.

On that last point, yes, kindness should also infiltrate the corporate culture. Sure, there are plenty of workplaces that encourage kindness, creativity and wellness, complete with resting pods and ping pong tables, but still, many unkind work environments linger. There are rude employees and employers, gossip-laden comments tossed about, and bad language used to describe others during pre-presentation chatter. I’ve experienced it myself, describing the need for kindness in the workplace in “Workplace Kindness: Why It’s Not an Oxymoron, but a Necessity.” For that article, I wrote:

A kind employee — one who doesn’t drop the F-word at the drop of a dime, talk badly about other colleagues, cheat on their boyfriends in order to climb the corporate ladder, and yes, who makes the occasional batch of cupcakes — is often viewed as a too-nice individual incapable of going for the gusto and “making it happen.” They’re sweet and lovely and all, but void of brazen words and arrogant actions, are deemed not quite cut out for the business world.

Too kind is too much to handle for some people. And for those who have the ability to be nice and build business relationships (gasp!), it’s hard for many employers to grasp. Apparently, workplace kindness is often viewed as an oxymoron.

But it doesn’t have to be. An employee can be kind, well-intentioned, and caring and make strides in the workplace. There need not be such cut-and-dry “you’re either vindictive or award-winning” or “you’re either too nice and a so-so worker” thoughts.

It’s time to make kindness–towards others and to ourselves–the norm. It’s time to turn away from greedy tendencies, negative gossip, instigating, fighting, and all other disturbing behaviors. Time to focus more on giving and receiving more joy and kindness. The Kindness Couture movement strives to keep this in mind.

Let’s bring each other up, not hammer one another down.

Jennifer Lea Reynolds, a writer who lives in New England, is the creator of The Kindness Couture. You can also check out its Facebook page too. This article originally appeared on The Kindness Couture blog.

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NO VACANCY: Paris Couture Week and Euro 2016 are set to lift Paris’ hoteliers’ spirits, in the grim climate for tourism following the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Paris Couture Week, slated from July 3 to 7, is to coincide with the UEFA soccer tournament, which is to run for its part from June 10 to July 10. The quarterfinals match set for July 3 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis outside Paris is to fall on kickoff day of Couture Week.
“We’re typically already at the highest level of occupancy during fashion week,” a spokeswoman for the Plaza Athénée said, expecting an even busier week this season due to Euro championship factor, based on the early feedback of the hotel’s booking department. Spokeswomen for the Royal Monceau and the Bristol Paris echoed the sentiment. (July 10, the day of the final match, is unavailable on the booking section of the Bristol Paris’ Web site.)
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Juicy Couture is a glamorous, irreverent and fun lifestyle brand for the decidedly fashionable. Known for ascending the track suit to its status as a casual luxury icon, Juicy Couture continues to evolve, bringing the same confident, whimsical and feminine attitude to all its designs. Founded in 1997 by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, Juicy Couture was acquired by industry titan Liz Claiborne Inc. in 2003. Today, the global phenomenon offers an assortment that spans fashion apparel for women, girls and baby, handbags, shoes, intimates, swimwear, fragrance, accessories, jewelry, watches, sunglasses and small goods. Juicy?s latest endeavor, Bird by Juicy Couture, is an elevated collection that brings street-wear chic to sophisticated luxury, creating quintessential wardrobe pieces for the effortlessly current woman. Gold plated case with etched logo. Arabic numerals with gold tone center zone on a white jelly strap.

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PRATT’S NEW CODE: For many New York-based designers, the February edition of fashion week is pressing, but the Pratt Manhattan Gallery has already set its “Coded_Couture” exhibition. Relying on coding for customized garments and accessories, the show will spotlight 10 designers and feature video projections, objects, drawings, photographs and apps meant to give visitors insight into what the future of fashion may hold. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of C2 Curatorsquared, the exhibition will open Feb. 11 and run through April 30. A dress by Dutch designer Melissa Coleman that uses a speech recognition system to analyze voice stress as an indicator of untruthfulness will be featured. The dress lights up and administers shocks based on the wearer’s responses, in order to “train” the wearer to be more truthful. There will also be a skirt that displays live Twitter feeds or changes color based on real-time audience input, by British design team CuteCircuit’s Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the piece using a specially created hashtag. The gallery is at 144 West 14th Street.
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A rose gold-toned wonder, the Juicy Couture Womens HRH Rose Gold Plated Stainless-Steel Bracelet Watch will have you seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. This exceptional timepiece begins with a round 38mm rose gold-plated stainless steel case with a fixed rose gold-toned bezel and a textured crown. These elements surround a beautiful rose dial, which is protected by a mineral crystal and features rose gold-toned Arabic numeral and index hour markers and luminous rose gold-toned hands powered by Japanese quartz movement. The dial also features a textured center and a beveled inner bezel with Juicy Couture written all around. A rose gold-toned stainless steel link bracelet straps this watch to the wrist, while a deployment clasp ensures its secure placement. Finally, this watch boasts water resistance up to 99 feet (30 meters). Juicy Couture is a glamorous, irreverent and fun lifestyle brand for the decidedly fashionable. Known for ascending the track suit to its status as a casual luxury icon, Juicy Couture continues to evolve, bringing the same confident, whimsical and feminine attitude to all its designs. Founded in 1997 by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, Juicy Couture was acquired by industry titan Liz Claiborne Inc. in 2003. Today, the global phenomenon offers an assortment that spans fashion apparel for women, girls and baby, handbags, shoes, intimates, swimwear, fragrance, accessories, jewelry, watches, sunglasses and small goods. Juicys latest endeavor, Bird by Juicy Couture, is an elevated collection that brings street-wear chic to sophisticated luxury, creating quintessential wardrobe pieces for the effortlessly current woman.

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AIG Offering Insurance for Couture Collectors

WEATHERING THE STORM: AIG is targeting couture’s big spenders with help from Garde Robe, a museum-quality garment storage service for high-end clients. Garde Robe’s Doug Greenberg conceived of the need for a niche insurance policy after sitting next to a client at a party whose Long Island home — and couture collection — was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Afterward, the client discovered that her homeowners insurance didn’t cover her bespoke wardrobe — a common assumption. Greenberg approached several underwriters with his idea and found a match through AIG Private Client Group. Newly launched and modeled after similar polices for art collectors, AIG is currently the only insurance carrier to offer protection for valuable textiles damaged by flood, mold, moths and errant dry-cleaning. While Greenberg has been educating his clients about the need to insure their collections, he noted that the service has yet to pick up steam. Here are a few couture fans who might be interested.

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You’ll Need More Than A Credit Card To Get Your Hands on Saint Laurent’s New Couture Collection

With price tags in the 5-digit range, couture collections are prohibitively expensive for most of us. But now, Saint Laurent is taking the already exclusive category to the next level.

Today, the French fashion house announced plans to bring back couture with “Yves Saint Laurent” Couture ivory silk label under the tutelage of designer Hedi Slimane. The house’s last couture show was in 2002 and designed by the late Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008.

The new collection of silky tuxedos and black column dresses will debut in Saint Laurent ads shot by Slimane next month. But shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for a look simply won’t be enough to get your hands on one. According to the brand’s chief executive, Francesca Bellettini, you’ll also need to be a “friend of the house”.

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An ad for “Yves Saint Laurent” Couture photographed by Hedi Slimane.

“Hedi Slimane decides these orders case by case. Unlike a couture collection, this is an even more exclusive definition,” Bellettini, told The New York Times. She also said that the collection will be available to actresses to be worn for red carpet events, such as the Oscars or the Cannes Film Festival.

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Dakota Johnson wearing a Saint Laurent ready-to-wear gown at the Oscars this year.

We’ll keep you posted on the entire collection as it launches but, until then, we’re throwing it back to 2002—to Yves Saint Laurent’s very last couture collection, which is absolutely breathtaking.

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Amazon Steps Further Into Fashion, to Sponsor India Couture Week

MUMBAI — Amazon India has stepped in as the official title sponsor for another major fashion event, India Couture Week.
The week will open for its sixth season on July 29 and run for five days at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi.
A large part of couture in India caters to the huge wedding market, which has long provided the main livelihood for designers.
“We want to work across the fashion spectrum,” Vikram Raizada, director of category management at Amazon India, told WWD, explaining that the e-tailer is extending its association with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) with the sponsorship.
“The association will also help extend the fashion segment further across the 19,000 pin [zip] codes that Amazon reaches across the country,” he said.
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“This is in line with our vision of transforming the way India sells and shops for fashion online,” Vikas Purohit, head of Amazon Fashion in India.
Amazon India stepped into the fashion limelight as title sponsor of India Fashion Week in March.
India Fashion Week, held twice yearly in New Delhi, is organized by the FDCI, which is the apex body of fashion in India.
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Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2015

Alexis Mabille celebrated the 10th anniversary of his brand by creating outfits for 15 of his muses, ranging from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese to actress Bérénice Bejo.
 
Young and old, each was striking, their figures looming large in a first-floor gallery of the Paris Opera, where the made-to-measure creations were displayed on mannequins placed in front of large-scale portraits by photographer Matthew Brookes of the women wearing the designs.
 
“With my style, I work to pay homage to women, to make them beautiful and at the same time, for the dresses to blend with their personality,” Mabille explained. “We didn’t want to make fashion photographs, but rather something like timeless paintings — like a big gallery of family portraits.”
 
As befits a greatest hits collection, he included all his trademark touches, from oversize bows to lace, flowers and column dresses.
 
The Von Teese gown, a corseted sheath in emerald green jersey, featured a draped back embroidered with bugle beads. For Leslie Caron, the designer made high-waisted tuxedo pants with embroidered stripes, paired with a bouffant-sleeved white satin blouse with lace inserts embroidered with black crystal butterflies.
 
Ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot was pictured in a nude satin crepe sheath embroidered with curtains of beaded fringe,

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We Asked Kids Their Opinions on the Couture Shows and the Results Are Hilarious

The fashion world tends to take itself very seriously—and couture takes that seriousness to a whole new level.

So amid the parade of five- and six-figure dresses on the Paris runways this week, we wondered what kids have to say about the fantasy that is haute couture. Turns out, they have pretty strong opinions about the fall 2015 collections. So pay attention, reviewers at WWD, The New York Times, and Vogue: This just might be the next generation of fashion critics.

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Hannah, 6: “This looks like a caterpillar on a leaf.”

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Karen, 3: “Ha-ha! She has a orange tutu! She’s an orange, tutu, princess girl!”

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Karen, 3: “She looks like a sheep. Hee!”

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Hannah, 6: “This looks like a candle that wasn’t lit. It’s so pretty! I love it. I want it and one for my mommy too.”

Armani Prive
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Jill, 4: “Her costume is soft. She looks so funny. This is cuckoo! Her hair is blue!

Alexis Mabille
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Jill, 4: “She looks like a couch.”
Frieda, 4: “She looks like a princess. I like her.”

Bouchra Jarrar
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Hannah, 6: “It looks like a cobra from Egypt. I don’t like it.”

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Stéphane Rolland Couture Fall 2015

Stéphane Rolland’s couture presentation erupted into a push-and-shove — up to and including verbal insults — as guests and photographers competed for space in a badly executed set up in an apartment too small for the crowd.
 
The chaotic atmosphere took the spotlight away from Rolland’s red carpet looks.
 
Before the presentation, the designer said he drew inspiration from the Art Deco period along with that old favorite, the Seventies, which he expressed in graphic patterns adorning long gowns. Some came with an element of disco, as Rolland used gilded leather to contrast monochrome jersey and crepe looks, while straight-legged jumpsuits with voluminous built-in off-the-shoulder capes played to his penchant for a dramatic entrance.

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RDVK/Ronald van der Kemp Couture Fall 2015

The second RDVK demi-couture project by designer Ronald van der Kemp was presented in a grand, empty apartment near Place de la Concorde — and it proved just as fun as the first. The designer has been sourcing leftover exotic skin from a handbag factory in Italy as well as couture fabric from late Dutch designer Frans Molenaar to create his chic and slightly wild one-of-a-kind pieces.
To wit: matte-black croc mixed with black lace for a pencil skirt; strips of pink python assembled into a short fitted dress; and a striped black-and-white kimono fabric used for a large skirt with an obi belt paired with a big-shouldered jacket. Van der Kemp excelled at his freewheeling mix of Eighties couture references with wilder Seventies touches, seen in bell-bottom jeans and a black-mesh T-shirt patched with vintage American flags. The haphazard feel of the mismatched mother-of-pearl buttons on a silk chiffon blouse or the collage of fabrics and patches on his artsy T-shirts made his very personal take on couture fascinating. No wonder Kate Moss is already wearing it.

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7 Childhood Trends From The 2015 Paris Couture Week Runways

Haute couture is often viewed as spectacle rather than practical wear. But here we are at the end of Paris Couture Fashion Week, thinking of all the things we could wear from designers like Elie Saab and Fendi

If there’s one trend we noticed it’s that some of our childhood outfits made it down the runway. Remember the Champagne-colored Jessica McClintock gowns from junior prom? Ralph & Russo is trying to make them a thing. Oh, and striped tights? Looks like Jean Paul Gaultier is calling for a resurgence. 

Check out the childhood trends that sauntered down the runway and be inspired to play some dress-up this weekend. 

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Loris Azzaro Couture Fall 2015

Hot pink has been the navy blue of this couture week, and the searing color made its latest appearance at the Loris Azzaro show in a shimmering zebra-print maxicoat.
 
We were back in the days of disco — and recent Milan ready-to-wear seasons — with this brassy Seventies retread, paraded under the pulsating ceiling lights of the Faust nightclub. The venue, at least, was perfect as many of the minidresses and slinky columns were lashed with strips of sparkly transparency, echoing the light show overhead.
 
Design duo Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejón called it their “broken lines” theme, and they went to town with it, lashing bands of crystal around tubular suede and brocade coats, over cockatoo-print turtleneck dresses and on the slash front of a burgundy jumpsuit. Add in thigh-high Lurex boots, fringed bags and heavy eye makeup, and it was all just a little too much. Bad reviews will be few as most of the international press had already boarded planes for Valentino in Rome.

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Zuhair Murad Couture Fall 2015

It was a starry, starry night at Zuhair Murad’s fall couture show. Given the designer’s trademark — all-over crystal embroideries — it was probably just a matter of time before he turned to the sky for inspiration.
 
“I have a big telescope in my house and I see a lot of things. I love the mystery,” he said backstage before showing the collection, which was built on a series of familiar red-carpet silhouettes ranging from short tutu dresses to sexy columns and long gowns with flaring skirts. They were covered with a sparkling cosmic dust created from sequins, crystals and beads as well as a galactic-type print that was re-embroidered for extra twinkle.
 
Murad paired the looks with luscious velvet or foxy fur capes in various lengths, and occasionally sent out Seventies disco-inspired jumpsuits with cape sleeves for the sportier type.
 
The soundtrack pumped a remix of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as models walked against a light installation mimicking the nocturnal sky, which eventually opened to reveal the bride, a fantasy Marie-Antoinette. Engulfed in a pannier wedding dress with a ballooning train, festooned with what Murad described as “galactic dust” embroideries that took 20 people 350 hours of work, she didn’t bother to

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Valentino Couture Fall 2015

For their couture collection on Thursday evening, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered a Roman wonder.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Haute Couture

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE: “Every Dress Tells a Story: Couture from The Dider Ludot Collection” marks the first time Sotheby’s Paris will be auctioning couture pieces. On July 8, some 150 garments and accessories from Ludot’s private collection will be on the block.
A famed fashion collector, Ludot assembled his cache over 40 years. He has selected items created between 1924 and the early 2000s by such celebrated couturiers as Paul Poiret, Yohji Yamamoto, Madame Grès, Christian Dior, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Lots include delicate pink feather dress made for fashion muse, Francine Weisweiller, by Balenciaga in 1965, as well as late model Bettina Graziani’s black satin evening outfit created by Azzedine Alaïa in 1992.
The collection is open for public viewing from July 3 to July 7 at the auction house at 76 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
 

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Sakkas 755T Extreme Couture Metallic Embossed Mens Fashion T-Shirt – Black / Small

Sakkas 755T Extreme Couture Metallic Embossed Mens Fashion T-Shirt – Black / Small


Trendy fashion short sleeve cotton t-shirt features a detailed graphic design with metallic accents. Please refer to sizing measurements to ensure the proper fit. About Sakkas Store: Sakkas offers trendy designer inspired fashion at deep discounts! We work day and night to bring you high quality clothing and accessories for a fraction of the price you pay at department stores. Our incredible deals sell fast, so dont wait!

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自然香调 Bare Escentuals 四色眼影4.0 – The Designer Label (# Ballgown # Tres Chic # Elitist # Couture) 5g/0.17oz

自然香调 Bare Escentuals 四色眼影4.0 – The Designer Label (# Ballgown # Tres Chic # Elitist # Couture) 5g/0.17oz


分类:眼影盘 质地:柔滑细腻 上妆效果:限量版眼影彩盘。搭配4款饱满色泽:Thread Count Romp Boudoir & Nightcap。融入独有的固体矿物科技。带来完美混色,同时含有抗衰老功效。带有梳妆镜和双头妆刷。带来多种魅惑彩妆效果。不含防腐剂或化学成份。
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Stéphane Rolland Couture Spring 2015

Stéphane Rolland Couture Spring 2015

Like other designers who have shown at the Maison de la Radio in, Rolland could not resist including excerpts from radio programs in his show.

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Elie Saab Couture Spring 2015

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2015

The designer paid homage to his native Beirut with a shimmering collection of gowns inspired by the women he saw growing up during the city’s Sixties heyday.

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3 Wedding Gowns From the Couture Shows—and 4 More Elie Saab Dresses You Could Totally Get Married In

I don’t know what I’m doing in New Jersey when there’s couture happening in Paris, but at least I get to freak out all the pretty pictures from the couture shows, like this one from…




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Atelier Gustavo Lins Couture Spring 2015

Atelier Gustavo Lins Couture Spring 2015

The designer worked undulating shapes for fall: big-collared leather vests and long, flowing dresses.

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Pinup Couture Women’s ‘Pleasure-02’ Peep-toe Mary Jane Pumps

Pinup Couture Women’s ‘Pleasure-02’ Peep-toe Mary Jane Pumps


Mix pleasure and fashion this season with these peep-toe pumps from Pinup Couture. These leather heels are styled with a Mary Jane strap across each ankle and a tall stiletto heel. Measurement Guide Women’s Shoe Sizing Guide All measurements are approximate and were taken using a size 7. Please note measurements may vary slightly by size.

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Juicy Couture Women s Brutons Bruton S 0807 Black Fashion Sunglasses 56mm

Juicy Couture Women s Brutons Bruton S 0807 Black Fashion Sunglasses 56mm


Juicy Couture Women’s Brutons Bruton/S 0807 Black Fashion Sunglasses 56mm Frame Color: BLACK. Lens Color: GREY. Gender: WOMEN’S. Size: 56-15-130. Made In: IMPORTED
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A Couture Designer on How to Find a Cheap Party Dress That Looks Way More Expensive

For ladies with champagne taste and a beer budget, I’m here to help with tips to find an inexpensive party dress that looks way pricier (for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?). There’s a wide range of quality in the “cheap” category: Some items look flimsy and shoddy when they’re brand-spanking-new, while others could fool a diehard fashionista into thinking it’s fresh off the designer floor. Scoring items that fall into the latter category is easier than you think, so long as you know certain factors and things to look for. For expert help, I called in designer Zuhair Murad, he of the fabulous dresses seen on Alessandra Ambrosio, Rita Ora, and Jennifer Lopez, plus a couture collection that regularly leaves me speechless.

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When you’re shopping, don’t just take in how the dress looks—peek under the hood. “The inside of the garment tells half the story, if not more,” he told me. “Look for reinforced stitching, the quality of the zipper, and a clean hemline as they are important signs of the piece’s quality and fabrication.” If something looks like it could break at any minute, well, that’s not a good sign.

Skip sequins and satiny fabrics too, as both are hard to make look expensive without putting money into them. Crepe, on the other hand, is a do since it drapes beautifully, feels delicate, and can be done well for a non-astronomical price point.

“When working with pieces that are a lower price point, less is more when it comes to the overall look,” he offered as a general way to approach your shopping mission. “I would avoid embellishments [since they] can wear over time, and a beaded dress can begin to look dull and old when some of that beautiful beading falls off. If I had to choose between a solid and a print, I would avoid prints—they can really look cheap if not done in good taste. And there is no doubt that some colors look more expensive than others, like black!”

Any tricks you’ve found to make cheapie purchases look way more luxe? Do you already know what you’re wearing for New Year’s Eve?





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The Valentino Couture Show Was Pretty Much A Winter Wonderland

This week marked the first time Valentino debuted a couture collection in the U.S., and as you might expect — the show was an incredible winter wonderland. The 47 looks included gorgeous white capes (which we’ve been coveting all season long), delicate lace pieces and structured blazers.

It goes without saying the elaborate gowns were breathtaking… even when viewing the collection solely via Twitter. Take a look at the beautiful designs in the tweets below. Can we add any of these to our holiday wish list, please?


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Pinup Couture Women’s ‘Pleasure-02G’ Glitter Patent Mary Jane Pumps

Pinup Couture Women’s ‘Pleasure-02G’ Glitter Patent Mary Jane Pumps


Get your flirt on when you wear these glittery patent heels from Pinup Couture. These sparkly pumps include a tall stiletto heel and a Mary Jane ankle strap across the vamp. Measurement Guide Women’s Shoe Sizing Guide All measurements are approximate and were taken using a size 7. Please note measurements may vary slightly by size.

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Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 7.5 (38)

Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 7.5 (38)


Lady Couture Women’s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels Studded & Textured Upper. Stiletto Heel. Flirtatious Peep Toe. Slightly Padded Footbed. Heel Height: 5.5 in & Platform Height: 1 in
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Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 8.5 (39)

Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 8.5 (39)


Lady Couture Women’s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels Studded & Textured Upper. Stiletto Heel. Flirtatious Peep Toe. Slightly Padded Footbed. Heel Height: 5.5 in & Platform Height: 1 in
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Xtreme Couture Fortress Skeleton British Flag Distressed Mens Short Sleeve T-Shirt in Black – UP TO

Xtreme Couture Fortress Skeleton British Flag Distressed Mens Short Sleeve T-Shirt in Black – UP TO


Xtreme Couture Fortress men’s short sleeve t-shirt features a skeleton wrapped in a tattered and distressed British flag with the Xtreme Couture on the front. The back features the Xtreme Couture XC logo written in the center. 100% cotton, light weight, vintage slim fit. Garment dyed with silicon wash for soft feel. Color: black. Sold by Rock Rebel Clothing

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“Captivating Couture“ Necklace

“Captivating Couture“ Necklace


This stunning necklace is designed from Heidi’s iconic Captivating Couture Collection. It will surely be a feast for the eyes when you take a closer look at the various elements and components that are showcased in this design. The composition of color and the varied shapes and sizes of the Swarovski crystals that Heidi magnificently set make this necklace a real collector’s item. Be sure to wear your sunglasses when you take it out into the sunlight! The sparkle from the breathtaking palette of purple velvet, olivine, topaz and Montana may be too much for the naked eye! Necklace measures approx.: 16″L x ½” W with 4″ extender Drop Measures approx.: 2 1/2″ L x 3-1/2″W Crystals: Purple velvet , Montana blue, carnelian, topaz, olivine
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Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 7.5 (38)

Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels, 7.5 (38)


Lady Couture Women’s Fashion Shoes Malibu Peep Toe Studded Heels Studded & Textured Upper. Stiletto Heel. Flirtatious Peep Toe. Slightly Padded Footbed. Heel Height: 5.5 in & Platform Height: 1 in
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Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Black Fame Studded Heels, 6 (36)

Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Black Fame Studded Heels, 6 (36)


Lady Couture Women’s Fashion Shoes Black Fame Studded Heels Satin Upper With Studded Design On Platform. Removable Studded Heel Belt With Ankle Strap. Rounded Toe. Slightly Padded Footbed. Heel Height: 5 in & Platform Height: 1.5 in
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Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Brown Leopard Print Lady Gaga Heels, 9.5 (41)

Lady Couture Women s Fashion Shoes Brown Leopard Print Lady Gaga Heels, 9.5 (41)


Lady Couture Women’s Fashion Shoes Brown Leopard Print Lady Gaga Heels Satin Upper. Animal Print With Black Bow In The Back. Slightly Pointed Closed Toe. Gold Tone Staggered Heel. Slightly Padded Footbed
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Tivoli Couture CSJ 2012 Tivoli Couture Car Seat Jacket London Grey

Tivoli Couture CSJ 2012 Tivoli Couture Car Seat Jacket London Grey


Luxury cold weather resistant cover. Allows safety harness to rest directly on the child. Keeps baby safe by eliminating the need for bulky clothes or blankets that won’t stay put.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that no heavy or bulky clothes be worn by a child when secured in their car seats. Doing so prevents the snug fit of the harness belt and compromises the child’s safety. Tivoli Couture’s Car Seat Jacket™ goes over the car seat so there is no fabric between the car seat and the baby. Center zipper opens completely like a jacket for easy access to the child and temperature control. With 3 layers of fabric your child will stay warm and protected from the elements. The cover is well insulated for extra warmth and coziness. Made of wind and water-resistant shell and cozy micro-fleece. Integrated collar shields from wind and elements. Adjustable elasticised edges for snug and comfort fit. Fits infant car seats and many standard size strollers. The child must first be properly buckled before Tivoli Couture’s Car Seat Jacket is put on.
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Tivoli Couture CSJ 2013 Tivoli Couture Car Seat Jacket London Red

Tivoli Couture CSJ 2013 Tivoli Couture Car Seat Jacket London Red


Luxury cold weather resistant cover. Allows safety harness to rest directly on the child. Keeps baby safe by eliminating the need for bulky clothes or blankets that won’t stay put.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that no heavy or bulky clothes be worn by a child when secured in their car seats. Doing so prevents the snug fit of the harness belt and compromises the child’s safety. Tivoli Couture’s Car Seat Jacket™ goes over the car seat so there is no fabric between the car seat and the baby. Center zipper opens completely like a jacket for easy access to the child and temperature control. With 3 layers of fabric your child will stay warm and protected from the elements. The cover is well insulated for extra warmth and coziness. Made of wind and water-resistant shell and cozy micro-fleece. Integrated collar shields from wind and elements. Adjustable elasticised edges for snug and comfort fit. Fits infant car seats and many standard size strollers. The child must first be properly buckled before Tivoli Couture’s Car Seat Jacket is put on.
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Bridal Couture

Bridal Couture


An illustrated guide to the creation of wedding gowns, covering a wide variety of styles for different types of weddings. The book’s aim is to provide a source and ideas book for brides, a reference book for dressmakers and a textbook for sewing students.

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Jessica Simpson Couture Frame Satchel Walnut Women s Handbag

Jessica Simpson Couture Frame Satchel Walnut Women s Handbag

Jessica Simpson Couture Frame Satchel Walnut Women s Handbag
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Price: $ 108.00

Zappos Couture Photo Shoot

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A highlight video from our couture photo shoot at the beautiful Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas, NV!
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