Atelier Versace started the Couture Week at the Ritz on Sunday and Donatella Versace impressed me with her collection. She showed many short figure-hugging dresses, which I'm not a fan of, but they were beautiful. The floor-length ones with the thigh-high slit were the ones that I really fell for and the colour palette was to my taste. Donatella has been receiving raving reviews for her show and I think they are well deserved (Sarah Mower at Vogue US said she had gotten her mojo back). I chose three photos for this post but I could easily have picked more. Bravo Donatella!
CHANELI loved Chanel's 'New Vintage' invitation for the show, a sketch by Karl Lagerfeld of Coco Chanel. I wouldn't have minded receiving one myself! Lagerfeld's collection was elegant. The colour palette was mainly grey and pink and the details were beautiful. I was particularly fond of the trousers.
RAF SIMONS FOR DIORThis was the atmosphere right before Raf Simons's debut for Dior (screenshot by me of the live streaming). By the way, the walls are covered with fresh flowers. The show was held in five rooms and they all looked like that except the colour was different in each. So, it was not exactly less is more when it came to decorating the rooms. I only wish the same had applied to the creation of the collection.
I'm not going to say that I was disappointed because the design was beautiful; I was just hoping to see some fireworks, to be wonderfully surprised. Instead it was a minimalistic, very ladylike Jil-Sander-meets-old-Dior collection, as far away from the Galliano-extravagance as possible. Frankly speaking, I was a little bored until the tenth model walked down the runway in that red coat. I haven't viewed any close-ups yet, but as I said, the design was beautiful, I just wasn't expecting it to be minimalistic and so full of embellished peplum tops.
At some point the live streaming failed so I turned to Twitter to see what was going on. People either seemed to like the show or be disappointed. I have to add that I'm a bit surprised by all the good reviews so I'm wondering if this was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments.
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butterfly lips. I was drawn to this gorgeous green dress and also the belt. I love Valli's belts
• Ulyana Sergeenko showed her Haute Couture AW12 Collection (preview to the right) in Paris and it was oh so Russian. She is one of those style icons out there, always so feminine, and loved by the street style photographers. Many of the pieces in her collection reminded me of what she likes to wear herself
• The Haute Couture AW12 Collection by Christophe Josse had some interesting pieces, for example this white dress
• Here is a little sneak peek into the house of Schiaparelli's freshly renovated Place Vendôme atelier. The reborn fashion house will be showing it's first collection, haute couture, in January. Yes folks, it really is happening. Now they are looking for a designer and I just want someone to call them and let them know that Galliano is probably available. Man, how I miss Galliano on the couture runway!
1-3: Atelier Versace collection via Vogue Italia
4-7: Chanel collection via Vogue Italia
8: screenshot from Dior's live streaming
9-12: Dior collection via Vogue Italia
13: Ulyana Sergeenko collection via Vogue Italia