What is the point of Haute Couture? Essentially, to have something unique, designed by a talented individual and meticulously made by les petites mains. Having a haute couture outfit was a privilege for a selected few simply because their social status wouldn’t allow anything other than couture. That’s what Haute Couture was in the past.
Things have changed quite a bit since the times of Schiaparelli, Poirot and Coco Chanel, though, and now Haute Couture is something seen as fashion art, not something to put on every morning.
This is why I really did struggle through the latest Haute Couture week and a certain collection in particular. I really wanted (desperately needed) something more than an archival cigarette pant suit or an ill-fitted dress…
You see, my expectations of a Haute Couture collection is seeing a fairy tale, a dream, something incredibly special that makes us forget those suits and skirts we see enough of on a daily basis, and instead, just for a moment, imagine what it would be like to be a princess.
Elie Saab gave me this opportunity. I doubt there would be a woman who wouldn’t want to be wrapped in clouds of silk organza encrusted with sequins that look like myriads of tiny falling stars, highlight the natural glow of her skin in blush pink gold leafed jacquards, feel a touch of delicate Chantilly lace or a cooling velvety soft stream of floating silk fabric against her bare skin. It was the most sensual, beautiful and magical show of the week for me. The one I would definitely remember, for all the good reasons.
Photo source: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012 via stylebistro.com