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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Haute Couture 2012: Armani Privé and Valentino.

Still no time to write a Teen Wolf finale post. Instead: FASHION.

Armani Privé
At first I thought this collection was terribly '80s, but then I realised that the clothes weren't particularly retro in themselves -- it was the styling. The colour scheme was all chilly blues and watercolour lilacs, and the long, loose silhouette looked like the fashion drawings of the '80s rather than the fashions themselves.
Overall I'd rate the accessories in this show far higher than the actual clothes. The plethora of simple, floor-length blue suits and dresses seemed rather boring, whereas the feathered headdresses and sparkling veils were among the few details that seemed worthy of a big-name couture show.

This show included just enough moments of heavy-handed historical glamour for me to enjoy it. Valentino are known for their showy gowns, so a 19th-century inspiration was ideal. Not 19th-century in shape, though -- it was more to do with the patterns and colours of antique furniture and interior decor, heavy on the old-fashioned floral motifs and dense embroidery.

I love dresses like these, where the fabric pattern is so obviously taken from at least a hundred years ago but the shape is so unmistakably modern. As long as the fabric is interesting enough, you can cut it down to the simplest minidress imaginable and it's still very obviously couture.


  1. Oooh, I really love those last two particularly.

  2. Valentino was fuckin gorgeous, and I was happy they at least had a more modern silhouette this time. They tend to default to a very Laura Ingalls loose silhouette, which while very pretty, tends to look the same after a while. But these prints were fuckin rich and gorgeous. And agree 100% on the Armani show. They kind of distantly remind me of some Antonio Lopez illustrations from the 80's.

  3. モンクレール ダウンは高品質なダウンを採用して、軽くて、防寒性が高い最高のモノになりました。全体的に、モダンで、エレガントな元素を中に取り入れて、最高のブランド品を作成してくれます。それに、ダウンベストやダウンジャケットの表面にロゴマークがちゃんと付いて、ブランド品らしい存在感を随所に表してくれます。今、欧州では多くの人々はモンクレール ダウンに憧れています!今年、モンクレール レディース2012-2013秋冬最新作が既に市場に登場しています。すごくオシャレで、見ると買う気持ちがたっぷりあります。