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The world is in crisis, everywhere there are shops, supermarkets and factories closing down, but despite the world’s financial crisis a world of luxury and fantasy still fuels dreams. France is not immune to the financial crisis but Paris is still the capital of fashion and glamour, proof of that is the glamour of the haute couture seasonal collections.
Even for those who cannot afford the haute couture prizes Paris fashion is still a worldwide point of reference for what we will all be wearing in the next season. With a glance at some of the most important Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Shows, you can learn what the basics of the new season will be. So you can be one of the first ones to buy them when the prêt a porter and the high street collections come out. And if you are good with your needles and scissors you might even find inspiration in here for making your own dresses.
Dress from The Valentino Spring Summer 2015 Collection, Haute Couture, Paris.
What Is Haute Couture?
“Haute couture” is a French term that literally means "high sewing" or "high dressmaking". This term refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothes which are hand made with high-quality, expensive fabric and very often other expensive materials like jewellery, feathers, etc .
In France the term “Haute Couture” is a term protected by the law since 1945. Only the fashion houses that fill certain criteria can use the name “Haute Couture”. For example, only those houses working in their own Paris based workshops, hand sewing, creating unique pieces made to measure and doing two catwalk shows a year (with a strict minimum number of pieces shown), among many other characteristics, can use the name Haute Couture for their creations.
As you have guessed “haute couture” is an incredibly expensive business which surprisingly enough is not essential –or profitable- for the great fashion houses in Paris. However, the Haute Couture Fashion shows serve as a "window" to show the world of fashion what is going to be fashionable the next season, and also serve to anchor the name of the fashion houses ready to commercialize their prêt a porter products.
ATELIER VERSACE Full Show Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture Paris
Versace Haute couture
Ok, so I cannot really afford to upgrade my wardrobe with Versace Haute couture creations, but what I can do is take some hints from his creations to update my wardrobe. I like a lot the richness of materials used teamed up with delicate cuts and transparencies.
When Can I See a Haute Couture Show in Paris?
Historically, it was France who first organized a Haute Couture show. Now days, there are 2 shows for the Haute Couture Collections every year. The Spring/Summer collection is shown during January of that year while the Fall/Winter collections are presented in July for the season starting the following year.
Chanel SS 2015
The Chanel 2015 spring collection is simple and easy to wear. Mini dresses, light colours and flowers to lighten blak outfits. I love the transparencies. The block-colour wool suits shown are also easy to wear
Chanel Summer Spring 2015 Collection:
Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture CHANEL Show
Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture CHANEL Show
I absolutely loved the flat, narrow leather sock-boot, I can see myself wearing them no problem. There was a lot of navel, "The new cleavage is the stomach," seems to be which is not good news for everyone. The color scheme however is a delight to draw inspiration for the warmer months I can see myself wearing sugary pastels, pops of electric blue, yellow and orange.
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Dior SS 2015
For the Spring Summer 2015, Raf Simons, the artistique director at Christian Dior has drawn inspiration from the future but seen from the past –does that make sense? As Vogue put it, Raf Simons reimagined the past with the hindsight of the future.
Shocking bold hues and architectural silhouettes define what Simons believes is ‘decorated yet disruptive’. As he wraps up another fierce collection for the season, Simons gets the last word: ‘I really wanted to express something that felt relevant for today, learnt from then, from the point of view of now; something wilder, more sexual, strange and certainly more liberated.’
Dior's Spring Summer 2015 Collection
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 Full Show Exclusive
Jean Paul Gaultier's collection
Jean Paul Gaultier
One of the most feminine and daring collections for spring was the Jean Paul Gaultier collection which showed emphasis on transparencies, décolletage and swimming suit-inspired evening gowns.
There were also a lot of bullfighting and corsets influence which enhance a tall thin silhouette. Gaultier’s collection is rich in materials like embroidery, lace, tulle, feathers, velvet and satin. A mixture of styles and materials like the torero-style trousers made in see-through material are a clear example of Gaultier’s genius.
Jean Paul Gaultier's spring/summer 2009
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Highlights Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture Paris
Mini dresses with tight skirts. Clear colours, asymmetries, pale yellows, veils, transparencies. A very elegant and easy to wear collection which shows off your curves.
Almost a monochromatic collection, Givenchy plays on textures. All the dresses were one colour but made from combining different materials.
Spring Trends that we can take from Haute Couture to everyday wear:
- Light colours: white, cream, yellow, powder blue.
- Bright colours: red and orange.
- Mini dresses.
- 50’s influence: dresses with a marked waist and full skirts.
- High heels
- Monochromatic looks in only one material: like Chanel’s whites and Dior’s oranges.
- Monochromatic look with a variety of textures.
Some Haute Couture Facts
- Fewer than 500 customers worldwide actually buy haute couture
- There are about 150 regular clients attending the Paris shows twice a year.
- Each fashion house must show 25 creations in each show.
- The starting price for haute couture is $30,000.
- A gown taking 600 hours of handiwork or more can cost $100,000 .
- Some pieces taking upward of 700 hours to create, and a minimum of twenty people working on it at a time.