Talking of haute couture

11/07/2013

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Life is about constants. Four seasons made of twelve months, the white shirt and pumps that complete our wardrobe, sweetly rounded aborio without which risotto wouldn’t exist or Champagne-grown grapes for the perfect sparkle...

Couture... the magical constant of fashion. My primitive self has always perceived it literally, as the vocabulary intended. “Haute couture”, the clothes sewn with extreme attention to detail, the highest level of craftsmanship that meet certain well-defined standards, the design that preserve the most precious traditions, the building blocks of fashion, the exquisite elements that make a woman beautiful by recreating her fantasies  and desires in clothes that are tailored to fit her body and soul. “A realm supposedly unique as well as sublime” as wwd rightly put it.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Over the last couple of years the constant of couture seemed to have shifted in a direction when the label on the back of the dress boosted by endless publications in top ranked fashion magazines seems to be more important than the quality of the garment itself. I suppose, when a crowd is repeatedly told that something is beautiful, the crowd eventually believes it. The syndrome of the naked emperor kicks in and the truth becomes irrelevant.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Fortunately the fashion organism has to restore the homeostasis no matter how toxic the environment is and this is when we get the pleasure of Chanel drama, arty Alexis Mabille, magnificent Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, surreal and stunning Schiaparelli, nostalgic Ulyana Sergeenko and, of course, enchanting and opulent Valentino, my personal favourite.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
When I saw those daywear looks presented by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the embroideries that took hundreds of hours and thousands of pearls to make, the antique gold lace, the renaissance-inspired prints, the mink, cashmere and silk and smooth and sensual clutches decorated with gold figurines encrusted with tiny precious stones, I lost my ability to breathe. This was a collection worthy of a classic movie star, mysterious, elegant and impeccable, a woman who is an embodiment of class, not a celebrity starlet who shows up for a couture collection with a bare midriff or a skirt that splits up to there (lets forgo the names at this point).

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
It was a joy to see that we still have designers who know how to create couture and, most importantly, have an ability to preserve traditions and take them into the future.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Photo source: Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013 (photography: Gianni Pucci) via style.com & backstage photo via stylebistro.com

14 comments:

  1. Hi Natalia! Valentino show was one of my fav as well! I was totally stunned by it and truly impressed! The whole collection seems a precious treasure, love the rich embroideries and all the care on details, beyond the word awesome!:) Kisses dear, great feature! xo

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  2. For me, couture holds much more interest than ready-to-wear. Although I can rarely afford either, with so many designers decreasing the quality of ther ready-to-wear fabrics in an alarming way, it seems even more futile to save up for special pieces these days. But couture is something else... and this year was particularly special, I think; a sort of return to what couture is supposed to be, couture in its most literal, as you described it. And it was wonderful.
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. An interesting post with food for thought. I love to see creative garments with intricate detail where you can see the hours of workmanship. I also like the simple lines of the camel dress and coat - gorgeous.
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  4. I can really understand that you lost your ability to breathe when you saw this wonderful collection! For me this is a kind of art and I´m sure, if I would own one piece I could wear it lifelong!

    Many thanks for sharing, dear Natalia <3

    xx from Bavaria, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  5. You write so well sweety, loved reading this post. The intricacies of couture gowns are so often missed, seeing these details close up has been awe-inspiring.

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  6. Love all of these looks! I would definitely rock them. Awesome post.

    KTR
    www.KTRstyle.com

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  7. The details of couture dresses are so gorgeous. It is insane to think how they are made.

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  8. Oh yes, a breathtaking collection. Seeing such a collection is like a reassurance that yes, there are still designers, who create for the sake of fashion, for the sake of art, regardless of what's selling and who occupies the front rows at their shows.

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  9. clothes that are tailored to fit her body and soul - these words especially caught my attention. Beautifully said! And yes, I can't and I don't want to argue - Valentino is my absolute favorite too!

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  10. Natalia, you wrote so beautifully! I always like the way your heart is in all the words with which you describe your favorite collections. Kisses

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  11. Natalia, the embroidery and details down to the clutches were absolutely brilliant. I often feel the seamstresses should take a bow after the collection is presented because their work is brilliant. They're the ones who bring everything to LIFE. Great post!
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