Here are my favorites of this year’s fall couture shows in Paris:
My favorite atmosphere this year was the Christian Dior couture show. Thousands of orchids adorned the walls – making it a perfect romantic Parisian venue. Although I was not overly impressed with the designs this year, it was impressive how Raf Simon integrated centuries of fashion into one show. I would be lying, however, if I didn’t say I miss the design genius of John Galliano. To be clear, this only means his fashion design abilities. For those romantics out there, this one is for you.
I also have to give a “Best Scenery” award to Elie Saab. The chandeliers that graced the back of the runway were absolutely stunning. That, along with his outstanding designs, provided for an exceptional show. His use of pearls for embellishments along with embroidery and ombré were incredibly done. All in all, this is one of my favorite shows this year. Elie Saab does an amazing job mixing romance and elegance with classic designs.
Another notable show, as always, was Zuhair Murad. His inspiration was geometric forms. In his show, there were fabulous gala dresses and oversized skirts. His inspiration is evident in the fabrics he used and in the use of angular necklines. However, this collection is most certainly not for those “squares” out there.
Jean Paul Gaultier
The beginning first two minutes of this show are quite hard to watch. The opener, Catherine Loewe, falls three times before ultimately abandoning her heels on the catwalk. She is an older model, 56 years old, which is quite unusual in the fashion world. Nevertheless, we love to see it. For closing the show, Gaultier picked Eurovision Song Contest winner, Conchita Wurst. Wurst is also known by her stage name, the “Bearded Lady,” and wore his black funeralesque wedding gown. Gaultier certainly did not disappoint the public with the theatrical part of his show or with some of his pieces. I would definitely recommend watching this show for those who want to see an incredible take on a vampiresque inspiration. For those of you who watch the show “Four Weddings” on TLC, this is the perfect dress for a Dracula inspired wedding. These vamps are dressed to the tens and ready to prowl.