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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.

Givenchy Spring 2016 RTW Fashion Show on 9/11 2015 in Lower Manhattan

September 11th. Lower Manhattan. The mesmerizing twilight sky outlining the Freedom Tower. An exquisite delivery of "Ave Maria". The emotion all but overwhelmed.


Few expect a fashion show to be a contemplative experience, yet this is what they got from Riccardo Tisci on the night he brought his Givenchy show to New York City, coinciding with the 14th anniversary of 9/11. With the aid of performance artist Marina Abramovic and a staggering sunset across the Hudson, Tisci approached the show as a moment for reflection. He acknowledged the resonance of September 11th not by drawing inappropriate parallel to fashion, but by noting the importance of fashion as an expression of self and an outlet for emotion.


There was also a serene sense of celebration. Tisci marks his tenth-year milestone at the house of Givenchy and a Givenchy store opens in New York City. 


The show’s major themes were lingerie and tuxedo dressing, often worn in resplendent contrast, and always with lyrical grace. The play of feminine against masculine.


White laces and silks wrapped, tied and floated over fluid black trousers, some looks finished with languid robes and others, mannish tails.


Tisci incorporated sensual couture gowns with intense constructions and surprised with a significant showing of men’s wear.


Tisci subscribes to the value of ritual; the religious references in his work are well-known. He also revisited last season’s facial decoration, now more exaggerated and ritualistic.


A different kind of performance art unfolded during arrivals, a dazzling celebrity showing — Julia Roberts, Christina Ricci, Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, Nicki Minaj, and of course, Kim and Kanye. Representatives of New York fashion turned out as well: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, the Proenza guys, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra.


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Red Carpet Favorites: 68th Cannes Film Festival 2015

On the first day of the Cannes Film Festival, the Chinese actress Fan Bingbing made a grand entrance in a custom Ralph & Russo gown with Chopard Jewels.

On Thursday Fan Bingbing switched into a dusty gray V-neck tulle Marchesa gown featuring billowing sleeves and multicolor feather-and-crystal floral appliqués at the Mad Max premiere. She accessorized the design with a matching floral headpiece and dazzling diamond earrings.

Naomi Watts, in a grey Elie Saab Couture gown, arrives at the Opening Ceremony and premiere of ‘La Tête Haute’.

For the Mad Max premiere, Naomi opted for a strapless black lace Ralph Lauren creation, featuring a black chiffon train, which gave her a dramatic silhouette.

Julianne Moore dazzled in a custom-made crimson Givenchy gown styled with matching velvet pumps and a selection of Chopard jewels. The crocodile panel along the bodice made for a decadent marriage of velvet and leather!

Emma Stone attended the photocall for her latest Woody Allen film 'Irrational Man'. Despite battling the wind gusts, she looked absolutely stunning in an Oscar de la Renta chantilly lace ruffled cocktail dress paired with Christian Louboutin ombré pumps.

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Getty Images/ Venturelli

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Getty Images/ Jacopo Raule

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, showed off her toned physique in a pale pink SS15 couture gown by Ralph and Russo at the screening of 'Irrational Man'. The backless dress had a plunging lace design, with a dramatic scooped cape and train, collar and a daring thigh-high slit.

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David Fisher/ Rex Shutterstock

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Image Source: Just Jared

Cheryl's dress featured an elaborate backless design with a cape detail and train.

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Guillaume Horcajuelo/ EPA

The L'Oreal ambassador famed for her natural beauty accessorized her dress with diamond drop earrings, while her hair was styled into a modern wet look up do.

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AFP/ Getty Images

Li Bingbing attends “The Sea Of Trees” Premiere on May 16, 2015 in Cannes, France. Her baby-blue Zuhair Murad Spring 2015 Couture intricately embellished gown had all the makings of a fairytale with its enchanting embroidery, alluring silhouette, and the sweeping beauty of the half-ballgown skirt and train. The Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch was a lovely addition.

Li Bingbing on the balcony of her hotel before attending the premiere.

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