23 January 2014


A look at some of the collections that stood out to me from this years Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer held in Paris.
Armarni Privé had a deep and rich colour palette consisting of mainly purples. The colour palette really helped create a glamorous collection. The fabrics were silky and created a lovely silhouette on the models. The pieces were mainly more fitted on the top half with the skirt pieces being more loose and floaty. This was a collection that worked extremely well as a whole and looked beautiful altogether on the final walk down. The waist on many of the pieces were cinched in creating a nice shape to the dresses.

Elie Saab is a designer I will always keep an eye on, as their pieces are always beautifully designed and made. This collection was certainly no exception. There was a mix of glamorous dresses as well as more full length gowns. The mix in lengths throughout the pieces created a collection that was all round stunning. Embellishment was heavily prominent with small beading detail used to create incredible patterns on many of the pieces. The hair and make up were kept simple and sophisticated to suit the look of the show. Many pieces had high neck lines which worked well with the overall silhouette of the designs. This was definitely my favourite collection of this couture showcase in Paris. I think this collection is stunning and the amount of detailing was simply amazing. There was a great range of fabric and styles which definitely showcased the talent of the designer and the attention to detail.

One of the collections that certainly caught my eye this couture season was by Christian Dior. There was a good range of silhouettes and shapes, creating a nice rounded collection. The pieces were kept quite structured for many of them with some having a clear shape. Others were less structured around the waist area and less defined. Nearly all of the collection featured a cut out design in some way. It was a large holed netted material that was overlaid on many of the pieces. Although some pieces - with the almost netted over lay - were a bit unusual, I did like many pieces from this collection. I thought the cut out pattern was really interesting and added texture to the collection. I also thought the colour palette of blues, whites and blacks worked really well with the fabric choices. 

Chanel has to one of my favourite colecltions I've seen from the couture shows this week. The pieces were beautiful with there being such a high level of detail being created. I loved the look of the pieces where they cinched in at the waist with the top half of the piece being loser and allowing the detail at the waists to show. I loved the colours chosen to create the palette; with there being creams, baby blues as well as blacks to add contrast. The embesllishment really added a stunning effect to the pieces as they went down the catwalk. I think this follows on beautifully from the tweed pieces at the Chanel RTW S/S 2014 show with the textures created within the pieces.

Overall, the collections I've seen from this seasons couture shows have been stunning. There have been so many pieces with beautiful and intricate detailing. The stand outs for me were definitely Elie Saab and Chanel, with both collections just producing rounded collections where I liked the look of every piece shown.

What have thought of the Spring/Summer Couture collections from Paris this season? Check out the coverage of the shows as some and steaming live and check out Style.com.

Thanks for reading!
*Photographs via Style.com

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