The Fall 2011 Haute Couture fashion week in Paris kicked off with Anne Valérie Hash at the Shangri la hotel. The show was a mix of soft flowing suiting and apricot separates. I especially liked how she created fluid in the silhouettes by making one lapel carry down through one of the legs of the pant. Very unique.
The Christophe Josse Collection was next up and featured structurally embellished necklines over a flowing dress. The pieces were all very special each one with their own display of characteristics representative of anything from tree-like to serpents by displaying textured foils around the bust or scales protruding from the shoulders. Christophe will be watched in the future as this collection has certainly grabbed out attention.
Bouchra Jarrar played it safe with grey shift dresses that were just above the knee but occasionally had some lines of color that seperated the waist or drew attention to the deep V of a dress. Overall this collection was very safe and left a lot to be desired. The last three pieces held promise for the progress of the collection. One had black patent leather trim along the seams in the front that really took the outfit from mundane daywear to sparkling evening glamour. The following two looks were all black with a side frill and an asymetrical plunging neckline that was held together by a low two button closure. The finale dress was impeccable in its form and played with matte and satin fabrics while once again utilizing the plunging slit neck line giving the illusion of promiscuity when in fact the wearer is quite conservatively dressed.
Next up was Christian Dior and the bustle of Paris was quite evident because of the madness that has been surrounding the entire Dior house and the Galliano scandal. The show was over half an hour late to start but when it did some people were skeptical while others were down right disappointed. Christian Dior really isn’t the same without it’s maker John Galliano but for now the world will just have to put up with his long time colleague Bill Gaytten who also stepped up to the plate for the men’s John Galliano collection a few days earlier in Paris as well as the couture collection. The looks were slightly mashed together while no real focus was on a discernible story line, however, Architect Frank Gehry was the inspiration and after finding that out the collection made more sense. Until one of the models walked out with a crescent moon on her face then I was a bit confused… Unless Frank Gehry designed the moon? Didn’t think so.
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I am looking forward to September when the head designer will be brought forward and hopefully he can craft the vision of Dior to the heights it has previously reached.
Click here for Paris Haute Couture Fall 2011 review Day 1 Part 2 where we covered Alexis Mabille, Adeline André, Giambattista Valli, and Iris Van Herpen.