The Best of Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014

Haute Couture shows in Paris are always the best fun for fashion lovers around the world. Even if you’re not sitting in the front row next to Anna of Kanye you have to admit that the collections are extraordinary and amazing, the creme de la creme of the fashion world. There were some pretty breathtaking lines presented in Paris this year, as well, although I have to admit that I missed the „show“ of it all. Where are the big fancy glamorous fairytales on the runway? I don’t know about you, but I somehow expect Haute Couture to be a complete package – from the runway to the details on the clothes. That’s why I was so pleased with Alexis Mabille show – it took me to the land of dreams and butterflies and it really felt special.

Alexis Mabille

I know it may seem rather sweet and princess-like, but I think this is a part of the couture, too. Every woman should have a moment in her life when she’d feel like a princess and Alexis Mabille knows that. Frills, peplums and beautiful princessy silhouettes create a fashion fairytale, complete with cutterflies and pastel colors.

Giorgio Armani Privé

Armani’s latest couture collection was quite dramatic and very Italian. Blues, greys and blacks leaded the way in this sophisticated collection, which was pretty enough but -honestly – didn’t surprise me very much. Armani designed a line for a grown-up Sicilian beauty, so it’s understandable that it lacks playfulness and radiates sophistication instead. Nevertheless, I wish it was more youthful and fun.

Chanel Couture

Quite a contrast to reserved elegant sophistication at Armani, Chanel brought a colletion full of youthful frills, cute pastels and fun sporty accessories. I expext Chanel will be setting the tone this season, as always, so we should prepare ourselves for the big comeback of trainers and 90’s accessories. I must admit I didn’t love this collection as much as I usually do and I wouldn’t wear most of the models, but it’s important to point out that it is couture after all – so all the designers are allowed to have as much fun as they want with it.

Christian Dior

Although I love Raf Simon’s designs for Dior, I am still a bigger fan of the old school, I guess. The new designer is trying a modern approach with new silhouettes and materials and I have to admit they still have the signature Dior charm in them, although I wouldn’t mind more full skirts here and there 🙂

Ellie Saab

If I were a princess, Ellie Saab would definitely be my court designer. There is nothing more beautiful than these dresses and as a true romantic I can’t imagine this collection to be much better. I can only hope we will see some of these gowns on the red carpet somewhere – if I’d be nominated for an Oscar, I’d definitely make a big entrance in the floral or red Ellie Saab Couture gown!

Jean Paul Gaultier

Now this was an amazing collection! It was unique, fun and as precise as only Gaultier’s collections can be. I can’t help but think that butterflies may have a strong place in this season’s collections – after Alexis Mabille J.P.Gaultier also found inspiration in these wonderful creatures.

Maison Martin Margiela

The spring collection of the French couture house was not at all what I expected. Maison Martion Margiella is known for it’s minimalistic approach, simple but unexpected silhouettes and not the most colorful lines. This season, however, we could see everything else here – patterns, colors, tattoos, art… MMM however stayed true to the simplicity of lines and, of course, original masks.

Stephane Rolland

I can’t say much to this collection except that it was wonderful and beautiful and it reminded me of night and sunny day. Hope one of the hollywood stars will pick it up and surprise us with dramatic frills on the red carpet soon.

 Schiaparelli

Ulyana Sergeenko

Valentino

Valentino was full of contrasts this spring. After the music for my fashion ears, ballerina skirts and romantic lace there were minimalist, clear and simple dresses, ethnic exotic elements and even snakes and lions! “COUTURE is an opportunity to dream for us, whereas ready-to-wear is our opportunity to give dreams to many people,” said Valentino designers to Vogue.co.uk. I think their dream started with Mozart, continued with the Swan Lake and ended up in exotic Africa. 

Giambattista Valli

Minis and maxis – that was the game at Giambattista Valli’s couture show this year. Sexy modern mini dresses and skirts were replaced by unique gowns we are more used to. I loved the floral details and rich materials, as well as bold color combinations.

Alexander Vauthier

Versace

Zuhair Murad

Another show, another fairytale.