Elie Saab Spring Summer 2020 Couture

Lebanese designer Elie Saab took style cues from Mexico for his Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The designer presented his latest imaginings as part of the French capital’s Haute Couture Week on Wednesday, January 22, showcasing a dreamy affair of fluid fabrics, theatrical capes and scatterings of embellishment.

“The collection features delicately embroidered shapes and forms inspired by an Imperial Mexico,” Saab’s atelier posted on Instagram following the show.

The dazzling collection featured shades of white, cream and blush, with intricate gold detailing, while structured shoulders added a certain strength to otherwise romantic evening gowns. Check out the entire lineup below.

Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture

Armenian designer, Armine Ohanyan, debuted her sustainable couture collection during Paris Couture Week, embracing environmental concern she looked to nature to find the inspiration.

The play between shapes, lights and movement comes together to create a skillful harmony. We are transported to an unreal world where the beauty of nature is preserved.

Nature is under threat by mankind so the designer draws attention to the causes of its destruction, such as climate change and other pollution on the species, wildlife and the biotope. Armine Ohanyan delivered an underwater-inspired fantasy filled with the “richness of the sea floor” and its colors and textures.

The use of new technology as 3D printing, using materials less common in textiles such as silicone and techniques like laser cutting reinforces her creations a modern image, even futuristic, revealing her as the incarnation of the new generation in Haute-Couture. Check out the entire lineup below.

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli presented Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture collection at the Beaubourg Centre (Centre Pompidou) on a podium adorned with sequins.

A modern collection with a young and short silhouette reflects a trendy couture. Valli highlights the atelier’s expertise but at the same time, he revisits the codes of couture. He uses many fabrics and adds frills and drapes on ball gowns. The color palette is dominated by black and illuminated with embroideries and sequins. Cocktail dresses are composed of flowery embroideries and Flemish face prints with drapes in silk faille or adorned with ostrich feathers.For the finale, evening dresses in silk tulle are pleated or are adorned with multiple frills enhanced through their volume and sparkling colors. Check out the entire lineup below.

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture

With the Dior Spring Summer 2019 Haute Couture show, Maria Grazia Chiuri offered one jaw-dropper after the next. As if the circus tent setting and the gravity-defying performances by Mimbre acrobats weren’t already enough, she took the circus theme and combined it with the best of the House’s savoir-faire, sending out short dresses and playsuits that burst to colorful life, tailoring trimmed with embroidered frogging, and vaporous evening gowns of the kind of which dreams are made.

The collection consists of a superposition of images: a woman’s tattooed skin, reminiscent of the Victorian circus and its fairground phenomena, becomes a motif-drenched unitard that shapes the body and tells a wearable story under dresses. Powdery shades that come together and blend into an infinite palette – like those on the curtain painted by Pablo Picasso for the ballet Parade – also symbolize this sense of the worn, of the fine dust that sprinkles stage clothes. Skirts embroidered or inlaid with opaque sequins are shortened as tutus that nod to the circus codes of acrobats, tamers and riders.

Maria Grazia Chiuri employs this broad variety of images to compose her own “parade”, comprising full and very light pants, narrowing at the ankle, which can also become sumptuous jumpsuits. Shorts are paired with sheer white shirts accented with ruffs or ribbons seemingly frayed with the passage of time. There are also leather corsets, sailor stripes, and black jackets inspired by that of the lion tamer. The geometric white clown outfit, whether spare or sumptuous, is reinterpreted through its materials, embroidery and proportions.

The show is animated with performances by the all-female circus company Mimbre, which, in a constant search for the poetic in the unexpected, highlights the trust and bond between the acrobats’ bodies.

The circus is presented as a place of inclusion in which the clown, through its androgynous and asexual dimension, becomes the expression of a possible equality and an evocation of modernity, one where beauty, origin, gender and age are no longer important, and only technique and daring matter. Check out #DiorDreamParade below.

Givenchy Couture Fall Winter 2018

For the Givenchy Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Haute Couture collection, Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller wished to create a homage to Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy, not only for the timelessness of his creations but as a tribute to the innate elegance of the man himself and the grace with which he lived.

‘Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld’ Book Debuts At 2015 Cannes Film Festival

‘Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld’ book launched at a star-studded event at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The distinctive book celebrates the designer’s 50-year collaboration, billed as the longest relationship in history between a designer and a fashion brand.

The book includes scrapbook with over 200 Lagerfeld sketches of directional Fendi looks, a Q&A session and a USB stick containing MP4 files of Lagerfeld sketching his memories live as he speaks.

Published by Steidl, Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld book set will be available at Fendi boutiques and high-end bookstores worldwide from July for a little over $100.

Fendi chief executive officer Pietro Beccari spoke highly about the 81 year old fashion designer and drew a parallel between the brand’s image and the book by adding, “Before Karl joined Fendi, it was a very traditional house doing fur. But he changed it into something very modern, peeling fur, mixing it with other fabrics. He really treated it badly. He took sable, the most precious of all materials, and reduced it to pieces. Nobody had ever dared doing that before. Every page is a provocation and an offense to rationality.”

Kendall Jenner and other models attended the exclusive book launch party to support Lagefeld. Jenner sported a Fendi dress and Miu Miu flats on the shores of Cote d’Azure in France.

Vivienne Westwood Exhibit at SCAD

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia has just announced a unique exhibition honouring   Dame Vivienne Westwood, entitled Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now, curated by SCAD Trustee and fashion aficionado André Leon Talley, at the SCAD Museum of Art.

Dress Up Story exhibits more than 33 designs created in collaboration with her design partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler, ranging from Westwood’s groundbreaking Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull through to the most recent lines.

The anarchic designer is revered and adored for her nonconformist approach and dedicated work as both an artist and an activist. The show features clothing, accessories, and fashion show footage that display her innovative pattern making, instinctual use of fabrics, and distinctive technique. The exhibition showcases the Westwood’s masterful application of colour and her use of unique fabric patterns and materials that capture both fashion culture and British history.

Curator of the exhibition André Leon Talley says “She is totally underrated! I think her work is on the level of Yves Saint Laurent couture with the depth or her originality and boldness. She’s like a female English Saint Laurent! She is the reverend mother of a certain movement in fashion.”

VAHAN KHACHATRYAN “Treasures of Armenia” Exhibition

Armenian designer VAHAN KHACHATRYAN presented his new collection “Treasures of Armenia” in Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan today.The showcase is on display from April 11 to April 26.

The collection has been on a number of international stages — Paris, Milan, Rome. It features Armenian elements, prints and miniatures. “I think the collection will interest mostly the abroad visitors, the reason is that our art is new to them. The main goal is to make our old traditions more popular by delivering them to today’s youth.” said Vahan Khachatryan. “Each time I find new inspirations, and this time I’m inspired by the Armenian miniatures.” -added Khachatryan.

Vahan Khachatryan is a very talented designer. I love his works. The sophisticated and original designs, distinguished by aesthetic femininity. I’m sure his works will be renowned very rapidly.

DIOR AND I | Great Fashion Movie

“Making this film reminded me that there are hundreds of people who actually care deeply about how they make it…It’s not just an image, it’s not just about a dress on the red carpet. There’s a whole story behind it, and it’s a human story.” -Frédéric Tcheng

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. Tcheng gets under Simons’ skin – we see the designer’s methods of work, insecurities, vulnerabilities and his ability to cut through the noise. Dior and I is a great fashion movie! It is now playing in the UK/AUS, and opens tomorrow in the US. Can’t wait to see it!

Cast: Raf Simons himself, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour, Sidney Toledano, Pieter Mulier, Jennifer Lawrence, Sharon Stone