Paris Haute Couture Fall 2014: Day 1 and 2

Haute Couture Week is one of my favorite weeks in fashion! It lets the designers be super creative, pushes boundaries, and allows us to peek into their fantasy world. If you want to know about the haute couture world, watch the film below titled The Secret World of Haute Couture. It gives you an inside look on who buys haute couture, the processes in making the pieces, and the vast history of the industry.

Atelier Versace
Haute Couture Week kicked off with Atelier Versace. For the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Collection, Donatella Versace was inspired by the couture of the 1950s. The collection did have some elements of the 1950s, however the collection was a Versace/rock ‘n’ roll take of the classical 1950s couture. The Atelier Versace Collection was more sexy than the 1950s, with sexy cutouts and high leg slits. The collection also gave me a slight bondage, 80s fell to it as well. The buckle straps and metal embellishments gave me that feel. This collection may not for everyone, as it is a more sexy couture collection compared to the classical couture collections of the past. However, I can still see how much work and effort went into this couture collection, unlike some other haute couture shows. But we’ll get to that later.

On Aura Tout Vu
The On Aura Tout Vu Fall 2014 Couture Collection was a visual masterpiece! The collection took you on a fantasy world journey with beautifully embroidered pieces, as well as soft and feminine hand painted fabrics that created a sense of wonder. Beautiful Swarovski pieces were also in the collection, in the form of spiked shoulder pieces, which created a villan-esque type of character. An ice queen. This collection is the definition of couture, as it brings in the drama but still manages to be a wonderful wearable art piece.

Christian Dior
Oh Dior. I had such high expectations for you. But alas, you have failed me with this “haute couture” collection. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice collection. Very nice for ready-to-wear. But not haute couture. When I think of haute couture, I think of extravagance, elegance, and fantasy. This collection did not evoke any type of emotion for me. I’m sure the artisans who work in the atelier at Dior worked very hard on this collection, but the direction and style of this collection was not up to my standards (the standards of a college student sitting at home may I add). I understand it is going to be hard for Raf Simons to step into the shoes that both John Galliano and Dior himself left, but I believe he needs to step up his game. I am no proclaimed fashion expert, but Raf Simons needs to incorporate his minimalist approach to clothing, with some of the classic Dior Theatrics and designs.

So now that the first couple of days of Haute Couture Week have finished, what are everyone’s thoughts on the collections so far? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Which designers were a let down and which ones surprised you? Let me know in the comments down below. Let’s see what the other designers bring with their collections later this week!


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