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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!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 1 Favorites

Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections started on Saturday! I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections for each day in Milan.

Neil Barrett
One of the collections that I really enjoyed was Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. It was modern, clean and simple. These are the qualities that I love in some types of clothing. Neil Barrett wanted to challenge himself with this collection by “Taking an idea and developing it in a tight palette”. Barrett definitely succeeded in doing this. Throughout the collection, he explored different ways on how to make each piece in the collection fresh and new.





John Varvatos
The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection that John Varvatos came up with was very interesting. All of the pieces had slim cuts, and I got a vibe that it looked like it was influenced by late 19th century mens fashion, a little bit of the 1970s mixed into it, with an added rocker vibe to it. I really liked the usage of using layers for light fabrics, and also the use of different textured fabric in the collection. This collection may not be for everyone, but for me it’s a great one!




Versace
Of course we cannot forget about Versace. When anybody says anything about Italian fashion, they immediately think of the very sexy Versace. And this collection is no different from the other Versace collections. For the Spring/Summer 2015 season Donatella Versace was influenced Cuban culture, as she has visited Cuba many times in the past. Bright colors dominated the collection, as well as cut-out shirts and pants, graphic jackets, and skimpy swimwear. The collection seemed very easy going and fresh, just like Cuban nights. Of course if I ever wanted to wear anything from Versace, I would have to workout a lot more. But if I were to have the body the models had, you bet that I would wear some Versace pieces.




What did everyone else think of Milan Menswear so far? What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! Laters y’all!

-R.N.

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