The Paris Spring 2016 Couture shows have kicked off with a bang (what, you couldn’t hear the rodeo cannon announcing it from where you’re sitting?) and as yet the most playful comes, unsurprisingly, from the House of Schiaparelli. Inspired in part by feminist artist Louise Bourgeois, creative director Bertrand Guyon…
In July 1961, an Associated Press photographer stopped by a showcase of autumn and winter fashions in Florence, Italy. Hats were apparently of particular interest. It is not an exaggeration to describe the results as magical.
Raf Simons, the designer behind three and a half very successful years at Christian Dior, has suddenly announced he will be leaving the French design house.
Men have always played an outsized role in women’s fashion, all things considered. Which is what makes late-seventeenth-century France and its powerful couturières so fascinating. Not to mention refreshing.
For their fall 2015 couture show, Viktor & Rolf—who recently announced they’ve quit the ready-to-wear business in order to focus entirely on couture—put models in an increasingly elaborate series of deconstructed artwork, frames and all.
It’s pretty confusing when a person you hate makes something you love, right?
As legend* has it, a mysterious hooded figure approached Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons before last season's couture shows and said, "Hey, did you hear about what the assorted lady-peasants are doing nowadays? They have this strange sort of shoe object — flat at the bottom, like a duck's foot, comprised of a slightly…
This past week was Haute Couture Week in Paris, and you know what that means: lots of celebrities sat in chairs for 45-minute intervals, gazing upon garments that cost more than your rent for a month. They also had to dress up in order to do so.
Elie Saab showed his fall/winter couture collection in Paris yesterday; as usual, his creations were not necessarily the most groundbreaking gowns in existence, but who cares because they're all so opulent and gorgeous and what fairy nobility would wear around the kingdom.
Today in Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli showed their fall/winter haute couture line for Valentino. The collection, as a whole, was gorgeous, regal, sensual — ancient goddess-wear with a modern twist.
Haute Couture Week glides along in a big-ass flouncy ball gown (or in experimental formal pants, depending on your mood): this morning, in Paris, Raf Simons showed his fall/winter couture line for Dior. It was very conceptual.
On Sunday, Donatella Versace kicked off Haute Couture Week with a sexy, tough, deconstructed take on fifties couture (I mean "deconstructed" quite literally; there were a lot of dramatic ballgowns with slits high enough to reveal the upper thigh).
London-based brand Ralph & Russo showed its first couture line in Paris this morning — the first time a British house was invited to show on the official couture calendar since 1915! — and its inaugural couture season, fittingly, hearkened back to Haute Couture's heyday.
Stéphane Rolland's spring 2014 couture show was, as WWD puts it, the site of a stampede — Kim Kardashian was in the front row, and photographers flocked to her in a state of mild frenzy. But the real star at the event (no offense, Kim) was the collection itself — Rolland said that each piece was meant to "challenge…
For this season's Chanel haute couture collection, Karl Lagerfeld drew his inspiration from the unlikeliest of sources. How unlikely are we talking? Well, um, every model on the runway was wearing formal sneakers. Some were wearing couture knee pads.
Ready to wrap yourself in human baby skin that's been dyed neon pink and bedazzled with real rubies? Well then Capitol Couture is for you! The 16-piece collection draws its inspiration from The Hunger Games universe, and was created by the films' costume designer Trish Summerville.
Magnets, bitch! The "actually soft and cuddly" garments are the result of a collaboration between product designer Jólan van der Wiel and couture fashion designer Iris Van Herpen (Van Herpen is someone Hunger Games: Catching Fire costume designer Trish Sommerville admits she is obsessed with). Read more about how the…
Jean Paul Gaultier's latest couture collection was, says the designer, inspired by Amy Winehouse. Models sported drawn-on versions of Winehouse's beauty spot, signature winged eyeliner, and beehive hair. And Gaultier's collection shows the influence of some of the late singer's style, given her propensity for pencil…
Dior insists that studio head Bill Gaytten, who oversaw that dog's breakfast of a fall couture collection, is just a place-holder designer. The brand will "take all its time" to replace John Galliano, the longtime creative director it fired in March for habitual drunkenness/being an embarrassing racist. "You know when…