Most Beautiful Gowns From Haute Couture Week Fall/Winter 2018-19


Haute Couture—what does it mean? Literally, “High Dressmaking.” So welcome to a review of the Fall 2018 High Dressmaking Week in Paris, where 34 brand new collections were presented. But when did this all start? Way back in the time of Marie Antoinette. The term Haute Couture didn’t come into use, however, until the mid 19th century, when it referred to the dress design work of Charles Frederick Worth in Paris. In order to qualify for Haute Couture, the high standards of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne have to be met. I’ll not list them here, but one look at the fabulous dresses will give you an idea of what they are. By the way, in Haute Couture, money is no object.

Armani Privé Fall 2018

Zuhair Murad takes us back to Imperial Russia; rediscovers the luxurious taste of czars and czarinas, brings back the textures and patterns of the period, the rich fabrics (velvet, chiffon, duchesse satin) the colors (sapphire, gray, wine, khaki), the exquisite embroideries, which took thousands and thousands of hours to complete. Some designs capture the masculine, military element of the times, yet as Murad says, are sexy, giving confidence and strength.

Un soir à Saint-Pétersbourg ... Imperial Russia - or rather, a dream-like depiction - is at the heart of Zuhair Murad's Couture 2018-19 collection. The grand balls held by tsars in Saint Petersburg give way to a sense of aristocratic opulence.

Armani described his fall Privé collection as “couture…as it once was: the authentic essence of luxury and perfection.” And so it was. Classically sculptured evening gowns in black and cream, gave way to gowns fuchsia, turquoise and a plethora of pink, and ended in an explosion of ostrich feathers. For the younger generation, it was, in Armani’s words, an opportunity to witness the “true meaning of haute couture, going back to the catwalk as it once was.”

Armani Privé Fall 2018

The inherent elegance of the Giorgio Armani Privé collections calls celebrity guests in their drones to witness the show from the front row.

Mix Elie Saab, Gaudi, Art Nouveau, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Silk Chiffon, choose from a palette which includes jewel tones (emerald, garnet, amethyst), beaded embroidery, and ruffles, and you enter a third dimension of exquisitely feminine gowns and dresses.

Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018 2019 Full Womenswear Runway fashion Show Collection by Giorgio Armani

For Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli everything in his show was larger than life, from the incredibly voluminous hair of Kaia, (super-teased á la 1960s) to the highly saturated colors—strawberry, bright tangerine, brilliant green. The vision he created is like a dream in which disparate elements are combined. “That is what couture is for me,” says Piccioli, “a place where you [can express] your vision of beauty, your intimate dreams.

Elie Saab | Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 by Elie Saab | Full Fashion Show in High Quality. (Widescreen - Exclusive Video/1080p - Paris/France)

When you hear Givenchy, you think of Audrey Hepburn’s smashing black gown in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. In Clare Waight Keller’s collection it appeared again. But this time a matching black hood replaced Audrey’s strands of pearls. Though minimalist was the word used to describe the lines of her clothes, some broke the mold, including some with an explosion of sequins.

Giambattista Valli sets his Haute Couture sights on the younger generation. As he says, “They have that kind of sense to wear haute couture like they are wearing jeans and a T-shirt. They don’t have any complex.” But unlike jeans and a T-shirt, a gorgeous turquoise or bubble-gum pink tulle gown (which may contain 400 yards of fabric), will be tough to dance in.

Halpern - Glamour Returns In An Explosion Of Multicolored Sequins

People are celebrating the discovery of the 30 year-old designer Michael Halpern who is selling through at Bergdorf Goodman in his first season. “I’m not really quite sure I’ve seen this happen, straight out of the gate, for a designer who isn’t known,” said Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman. “That is special.” Born and raised in New York, Halpern studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design, before working at J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta, and later studying at Central Saint Martins in London. His MA collection at Central Saint Martins in 2016 won him the attention of everyone from Donatella Versace (Halpern now consults on Atelier Versace’s couture collections) to US Vogue’s Sarah Mower and Beyoncé. His debut presentation followed in February 2017 – a hot ticket at London fashion week. (Excerpts from Vogue and


“When the world started going a bit crazy, that’s when I started doing more colour ... I felt like it needed to be there”

Halpern's rose-gold sequin-embellished trousers are the perfect fusion of disco glamour and couture-salon sophistication. Under artificial light at night, his clothes come alive. The collection is now available at Bergdorf Goodman and


"To be able to put something shiny on, it’s almost like armour" 

"I love Bob Mackie, I think he was super revolutionary... The collection is absolutely very niche, you have to have a certain look and mentality to wear it for sure... it has a chintz factor, but it’s meant to be subversive and not so literal. In London, NYC and Los Angeles, I see people wearing the pieces with a vintage concert T-shirt and sneakers – I think that would be great. Or wearing a jumpsuit with a denim jacket over it, that would be cool."

The Halpern Spring/Summer 2018 RTW collection was shown in the London Palladium during London Fashion Week:

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Elizabeth Kennedy dazzles with her gowns at NYFW Spring 2018 RTW

Elizabeth Kennedy ’s Spring collection dazzles. At the urging of Bergdorf Goodman, Elizabeth debuted her first evening wear collection in 2012. Prior to that she designed in-demand couture for BG’s clients and headed Donna Karen Atelier. For the Spring 2018 RTW collection she mentions René Magritte as a creative influence.