Saturday, 28 January 2012

Paris Couture: Dream Woman?

When I read the Hollywood exhibition review on Guardian newspaper, I thought why is Brokeback Mountain costume design but not Breakfast at Tiffany's? It's all about dressing a character... But now I get it.

Zuhair Murad and Versace (

Costume design is about dressing a 'real' and believable person while fashion inhabits the realm of dreams, translating the vision of a designer who can easily describe who is the woman he or she is portraying.

Alexandre Vauthier and Zuhair Murad (

Valentino woman, Gucci woman, Versace woman... Haute Couture in particular is the ultimate fantasy, it embodies a dream in such a powerful way that creates a huge profit far beyond clothes because when we buy a perfume that world is within our reach.

Versace (

Haute couture is growing and selling to a changing clientele as Donatella Versace said "they are much younger, less European, a lot of girls are from Russia." Versace returned spectacularly to haute couture after eight years, with golden metal embellishing gorgeous lace dresses tight to the body.

Zuhair Murad (

Zuhair Murad also revealed the woman's body in a magnificent way, bringing to mind the glamour of the silver screen and the moment when the ultimate show girl, Marilyn Monroe, sang happy birthday to President John Kennedy.

Giambattista Valli (

Giambattista Valli opted for an austere look with elegant details while Valentino designers continued to embrace romanticism and purity but this is probably a bit too cautious and definitely a far cry from the former Valentino woman, who was very confident about her sensuality.

Valentino (

Christian Dior was also slightly disappointing, beautiful clothes but not as spectacular as they were with John Galliano, we can all agree that what he said was unspeakable and surely unreflected but how we miss his talent!...

Christian Dior (

Giorgio Armani stayed true to his vision of elegance. It's not a coincidence that he's a favourite of movie stars such as Cate Blanchett, Claire Danes and Scarlett Johansson... Not to mention the music world and the infamous Lady Gaga...

Armani Privé (

Elie Saab was certainly thinking of the red carpet when he was creating his feminine dresses in shining fabrics. He chose trendy sorbet colours and lace to create his vision of a beautiful woman.

Elie Saab (

Karl Lagerfeld recreated the interior of a jet inside the Grand Palais, for the audience to experience the lifestyle of the Chanel haute couture woman. It was a beautiful collection with characteristic details reflecting a contemporary approach to the brand.

Chanel show (

But after all the haute couture shows in the city of light, somehow I miss the wow factor, the collection that would take your breath away with a woman coming out of a dream world...

Chanel (

But there was certainly a foxy lady emerging on the catwalk of both Versace and Zuhair Murad, wearing a body armour with shorts, definitely causing a great impact. You can so see Beyoncé wearing one of these in her music videos!

Zuhair Murad and Versace (

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V&A Unveils Hollywood Glamour
Red Carpet: Golden Globe Dresses
The Power of a Dress