- Created on Monday, 28 January 2013 06:24
- Written by Anna Marevska
The most skillful and most legendary fashion houses showed their superb craftsmanship in a snow-covered Paris during Haute Couture Week Spring/Summer 2013/14. Flowers and romance were the major fashion trends that emerged from the runways, as Dior, Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Valentino all showed spectacular blooms sawn, embroidered and appliqued onto jackets, skirts and ball gowns.
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Donatella Versace threw some unconventional tailoring into couture, and instead of focusing on evening wear, she glamorized day wear with boyish blazers, wool pantsuits and 24-karat gold pinstripes. Be sure to take a note of Joan Small's knockout sheath in the slideshow above.
Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab stayed within the red carpet gown limit, and with awards season heating up it is certain that celebrity stylists are burning the phones lines with requests. We do like to see something slightly different than beaded work and sheer panels from both designers, but there is always another couture week.
One fashion house noticeably absent from the couture calendar was Givenchy and Riccardo Tisci, who announced back in December that they will skip spring couture week, but will continue creating high fashion clothes for their clients.
Over at Armani Privé ancient looking wands dangled off lapels, rolled up waistbands and added a mysterious feel to the collection. The color palette was truly spectacular consisting of rich red, oranges and saffron.
Karl Lagerfeld outdid himself, not only by transforming the Grand Palais into a forrest but also by showing a collection full of melancholia, sequins, flowers and spectacular tweeds. Chanel at its best. Be sure to watch the clothes come alive under the skillful hands of the couturiers in La Savoir Faire, a short film giving us a closer look of how the couture clothes were made.
Last but certainly not least is Christian Dior. It is incredible to watch the ease and confidence of Raf Simons. After all, he took the helm at Dior less than a year ago and already understands the DNA of the fashion house as if he's been there since the beginning. And new beginnings, just like spring, was at the core of his collection which took place in a make-believe lyrical garden. Flowers, sky blue colors, serene and full of light is only a few words that could describe a truly beautiful collection.
But without further ado, see the best looks from Paris Couture Week we've picked in the slideshow above.