Haute Couture is timeless, the saying itself means ‘high sewing’ and it allows each designer to showcase their talents to a higher degree. Focus isn’t just on the aesthetic, it’s what went into that aesthetic, drawing attention to fabrics, techniques and embroideries
Chanel showed a mix of quirky takes on the little Chanel suit with high quality stitching, beading and tailoring. Raf Simons brought his second haute couture into the mix where full skirts, chiffon and exquisite tailoring were all in play; Atelier Versace seemed to mix a little South Beach with a little Jersey Shore whilst Armani Privé seemed to provide the perfect blend of boudoir and the Orient. However, my favorite of the day had to be Giambattista Valli.
Valli’s collection was fresh and innovative whilst bringing timeless and classic silhouettes to the runway. Monochrome with dashes of bright color held your attention whilst the variations on volume and length made it playful – it made couture youthful, no longer something only for the more mature with an inflated bank balance.