by Lucinda Jenkins
With autumn (sadly) right around the corner, the fashion houses present their collections for Autumn/Winter 2018 Couture. We've rounded up some of our favourite looks and what trends you need to start picking up for the upcoming season..
Lagerfeld set the scene with a perfectly picturesque Parisian day where models took to the catwalk in trademark tweed suits. This being what Largerfeld referred to as his ‘High Profile’ couture collection, guests were lined up one side of the runway, thus gaining a sideway glance only which highlighted the racy slits cut into sleeves and skirts. We saw an eclectic assemblage of grey suits and gowns dazzlingly embellished. C'était magnifique!
Having recently returned from Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi’s collection was influenced by the city’s architecture. Strong shoulders, intricate embroidery, an array of textures, patterns and structural lines were all reminiscent of the magical buildings in the heart of the city. The theme included gowns with high slits, tailored suits and short ruffled dresses in a variety of gem stone colours which included emerald, rose and violet - all destined to hit the Hollywood red carpet.
Say hello to the new generation of couture. It’s young, it’s edgy, and even at times comfortable but it’s still luxury. Valli saw to a collection filled with pants and jumpsuits adding diamonds galore from Chopard which as we all know is still a girls best friend. Crop tops, pants and dresses with flowing trains exposing the midriff all veered towards a fresh young attitude.
It’s a new era for Givenchy whose now very famous head designer Clare Waight Keller was put on the map following the royal wedding. In celebration of Hubert De Givenchy’s legacy, who died earlier this year Keller wanted this collection to be all about enlightenment. Gowns were strikingly new-age, floating down a reflective runway. Magnificent, elegant and modern…watch out world of haute and clear the way for Keller!
It was all about classic couture for the house of Dior. Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated a discreet collection filled with simple gowns, suits and coats in various skin tones. The set, replicating the Dior atelier, instantly made you feel as if you were in the heart where all the magic happens. Painted white from floor to ceiling with various toile’s from the collection on display we were transported to the world inside Dior. A fine belt was often seen around the waist accentuating the female silhouette, out-of-character accessories implemented a modern take to the 60’s inspired collection and what more says Français than a beret?
Murad looked to Imperial Russia with the influence of Military suits for his Fall Couture collection. Lace, velvet and satin added texture to the gowns and various rompers which were oh-so-fabulous blazing down the catwalk. Hues of burgundy and red, metallics and a bright blue number paired with long flowing capes and trains oozed handsome confidence-who said military isn’t sexy?!
RALPH AND RUSSO
The old, the new, the past and present all came together as Ralph and Russo blended the perfect unison for this seasons show. Geometrical structures lit by LED rods created a focal point for the models to showcase the Jacqueline De Ribes inspired collection, one of the biggest fashion icon’s of all time. Tamara Ralph herself said [she] “wanted to set the tone for the early Eighties era of bold, sexy femininity,” and with her opening look giving us a cheeky glance at a black garter she set the scene for exactly that.