I’ve gone a bit fashion lately haven’t I? The truth is, that aside from eating too much at buffets there hasn’t been an awful lot going on these past few weeks to tell you all about. I’ve not picked up a book that I started to read before Christmas nor baked any cakes or anything, nothing, nada, zilch! I’ve been on a course but let’s face it you don’t want to hear about that now do you? What I have somehow managed to do though is gawp online at fashion, so that’s were I find myself at this moment in time and that’s what I feel like talking about, I hope you don’t mind?
It was recently Paris Spring 2015 Couture Week, a spectacle I always look forward to seeing. Haute Couture is French for “High Dressmaking” or “High Fashion”, it’s a term used to describe exclusive garments made in the most luxurious of fabrics that are custom fitted to clients. Every item in these collections is completely handmade by those considered to be the best and most skilled in the art of dressmaking. The term has a protected status in France and only those who meet specific criteria have the right to call their work “Haute Couture”. There are few women in the world able to afford to dress in anything from these collections, the world’s largest private collection of couture belongs to Mouna Ayoub who currently has over 10,000 pieces! It’s said she never wears the same item twice and that all the major couture houses keep a mannequin in her measurements to always ensure her the perfect fit! I wouldn’t like to be in charge of the laundry (especially after just having shrunk my fave jumper to a size appropriate for a 5 year old!) Haute Couture is not only incredibly expensive to buy but also to produce and with only few clients some design houses have chosen to abandon it completely in favour of the more commercially profitable “Pret a Porter” collections which are so much more attainable for people.
A lot of the designers produce collections simply for show these days, using them as publicity for their brands overall. The couture shows are definitely still relevant though, often setting trends that diffuse into the more wearable and affordable collections, however, some pieces are just so far out there and wacky, I consider them to be works of art rather than mere clothing. In fact I think the more weirder collections are what I love the most, they are imaginative and often fun even though I probably wouldn’t be seen dead in any of the clothes!
So let’s have a look at some of the weird
John Galliano, now at the helm of Maison Margiela marked his return with this collection, this particular piece features a gold and pearl skull mask and a doll encased in a plethora of jewels and other vintage trinkets, others where adorned with grotesque faces made from seashells. Tim Blanks described it as “like a cross-pollination between the closets of Miss Havisham and a club kid” and I couldn’t agree more, although I’m also reminded of the ring wraiths from The Lord of the Rings, perhaps it the crowns?
Vinyl boots or stockings popped up quite a bit this season, they also featured heavily at Dior, I’m intrigued to see how this look transcends.
At Viktor and Rolf the basis of the whole collection was a floral print babydoll, flip flops and a straw hat that were then morphed into large 3D explosions of petticoats and ornately detailed flowers in various shapes and colours. The hats were oversized and deconstructed corn, I’m surprised they didn’t have someone’s eye out on the FROW with them!!
I’ll be back tomorrow with some of the wonderful!
Peace and Love
Ginger and Cream XOXO
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