Topic: Fashionable Kat
It's Haute Couture fashion week in Paris! Ripples from the worldwide economic crisis have been felt in the fashion world already. new York seemed to have a whole lot of "seen-it worn-it already" clothes and even high fashion boutiques are featuring clothes that are best described as safe. One can safely wear clothes from as far back s seven years ago because there has been very little radical change. So how will the creme de la creme of fashion respond to the crisis? Will they be over the top opulent? Will they be eye searingly ugly that no one will wear or buy? Or will present pared down collections of beautiful classics that every woman will want to own?
Of course they will be over the top and eye searingly ugly at the same time! like...duh! haven't you been paying attention?
We should begin with Givenchy, a house that's been a bit of a problem. they've seen a revolving door's worth of creative directors/head designers and and they've released several less that stellar collections. This fall bring a mere 22 looks to the runway, and like Jessica of PRCanada, they present two separate collections. One is suitable only if your name is "Padme Amidala" and the other looks to my eyes like figure skating dresses with lots of white and jewel encrusted sheer illusion fabric I think it's best expressed in these head scratchers:
John Galliano of Dior took the approach that Vivienne Westwood took back in the early nineties when her line was hit by that decade's recession. She presented two seasons of "you still need to buy underwear" and Dior sees women stepping out in fifties era underpinnings such as basques, stockings and garters and petticoats. Most of his models were only half dressed as they strutted down the runway. He presented a very lean 36 looks. If all the lingerie was eliminated and the models wore complete outfits it might have totalled 36 looks. Credit where credit is due; the colours are absolutely stunning, clear pure saturated blues, pinks purples, nothing muted or pale here. There are a few stunners, and he does an admirable job of recalling the era of "the new look"
As nice as the lilac coat is, I doubt the whole look would be suitable for a Canadian winter.
Speaking of being hit hard by the recession: No one has been hit harder than the house of Lacroix. The company laid of everyone except administrators to untangle the financial mess and the collection almost didn't happen. It was put together is a few weeks and on a shoe-sting budget. The dressmakers, beaders and artisans all worked for no money to help keep the house going. Lacroix presents 24 strong, classic looks any one of which would be a welcome and worthy addition to anyone's wardrobe. The coats. suits, and dresses are all finely tailored and detailed with nothing superfluous or needlessly flashy for drama's sake. These two are my favourites, the dress is so nice the model is actually smiling!
Can you imagine wearing the cape over the dress? Very chic!
Over at Chanel Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of pared down looks featuring little in the way of extravagant conceit. There were plenty of signature look suits, coats and dresses and few surprises. Lagerfeld used plenty of burn-out velvet flocked sheer illusion as tights, leggings and body stockings and this is a look I can see trickling down in about two years. Be prepared for flocked burn-out velvet tights! The following suit best sums up the collection:
There have only been a few shows so far, there will be more to come, but not many. There are fewer than a dozen Couture houses, and if a big name like Lacroix is in trouble, it doesn't look good for the future. I though these took the most interesting approaches to the problems facing the fashion industry. Givenchy went over-the-top, Dior went back to what used to sell long ago, Lacroix gave us pared down must-haves, and Chanel played it safe and did what it always does best.
And that's it for today! Later!