The Paris Review


Couture. What was once supposedly the creme de la creme of the fashion world has now turned into the laughing joke of the fashion community. Since the departing of Galliano and McQueen, it seems couture has not been able to recover. Instead, this season we were presented with the standard glitteratti of Ellie Saab, and deconstructed tweeds from Chanel. Raf Simmons at Dior, presented what looked liked a carnival of mismatched socks and poorly thought out potato sacks. Though, bravo to Viktor & Rolf to their asian zen garden presentation. Presenting all black though becomes monotonous and frankly boring, despite the theatrics of it all.

Alexis Mabille presented very beautiful pastels and perfectly executed looks with an asian undertone as well. It seems that the glamour is slightly there with this presentation of couture. (Lately, the past few seasons it seems that Elie Saab was the one to get the memo on what couture should embody.) The presentation was gorgeous and the clothing flowed effortlessly.

Finally, Armani Prive has gone back to glamour and it paid off. Looks that were breathaking and beyond beautiful. One of the few couture shows that we loved every look.

And with Vogue putting such a push on the pant suit this fall, Armani Prvie took it up a notch and created head turning, glamourous pant suits, and skirt suitings that would make any man turn his head.

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