Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

John Galliano presented his Christian Dior Fall 2009 couture show from the Christian Dior headquarters salon in Avenue Montaigne in a similar style to what would’ve been used in the 1950s.

I loved the glamorous pieces from this collection, but I wasn’t excited about the way they were presented. It felt like a peekaboo show.

The tulip, sheer, bubble, tiered skirts were presented with cami’s, bras, corsets and bustier’s.

Ballgowns were also presented with bras and corsets.

Peplum jackets, blouses and tops were presented with pantyhose, garters, slips and stockings which means we have to do a mix and match mentally with the pieces which are individually breath-taking.

I was particularly drawn to the pieces with stunning embellishments.

The only thing pieces I didn’t like were the leopard prints and they remind me of a time when Sharon Stone used to wear them religiously.

Lingerie colours like nude, black, and cream were paired with fuschia pinks, bold red, lavender, lime, pink, chartreuse, animal prints, and orange.

Dior clients will of course be able to order jackets with matching skirts, skirts with matching jackets, or request sheer skirts to be lined.

I’m sure when we see these pieces on the red carpet they will be heavily modified.

Dramatic Stephen Jones hats, ladylike bags and fine jewels accessorized these looks.


Atelier Versace Spring 2009

Finally the pictures of Atelier Versace’s Spring 2009 collection have been released.

Good luck picking your favourite, I love all the gowns.

I’m looking forward to seeing them on the red carpet.

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Elie Saab Spring 2009 Haute Couture

Elie Saab’s Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection was presented in Paris yesterday.

Elie’s gowns – as we have come to expect – were truly feminine, made of silk, chiffon and adorned with plenty of stunning embellishments.

The pastel tones were heavenly, evoking a dreamy like feeling, which is emphasized by the intricate, outstanding details such as the floral appliqués, and the sparkling embellishments, which were not too over-the-top.

Ruffles, tiers, pouffy shoulders, exaggerated hips, and obi belts all helped create some of the most outstandingly beautiful gorgeous red carpet dresses, he has ever created.

The only downside for me was the hair and make-up.

This collection more than most, has ignited my passion for red carpet gown. Bring on the Oscars.

Cate would so own that black one-shouldered gown, whereas Beyonce, I guess, would go for the heavenly peachy pastels.

Dita Von Teese was in the front row looking tres chic, wearing an all black Elie Saab Fall 2008 ensemble, which consisted of a jacket with a large rosette details on the collar and cuffs, a pencil skirt, Louboutin pumps, and a large bag, which was also detailed with rosettes.

Mischa Barton was also in the front row wearing a sparkling one-sleeved navy Elie Saab Fall 2008 cocktail dress, with Louboutin’s.

Her hair looks a bit disheveled for this dress, and although I am not a fan of one-shouldered anything, this dress works for her.

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Chanel Spring 2009 Haute Couture

The Chanel Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection was a vision in pure white, with the occasional dash of black breaking up the ethereal theme.

The traditional Chanel suit was reworked in new fabrics, with sequins, PVC, appliqué and delicate embroidery taking over from the expected bouclé.

Karl Lagerfeld presented a-lines and square shouldered shapes. Skinny pants, shrinking jackets, cropped sleeves, and fantasy gowns.

The paper rosette headpieces were simply divine, and provided the perfect finishing touch.

The venue was covered in tumbling organza, appliqué flowers and gigantic paper blooms to set the ethereal tone at the Chanel show.

We are not used to seeing a lot of white on the red carpet, so I would be interested in seeing who would wear these pieces.

Olga Kurylenko was back to her breath-taking best wearing a tailored white skirt, and a sleeveless black sweater, with stunning statement necklace. All Chanel of course.

Sporting fresh cut bangs, Keira Knightley – the face of Coco Mademoiselle – was also head to toe in Chanel.

She looks gorgeous wearing a fabulous tweed skirt, a black sweater and studded heels.

Tres Chic.

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Givenchy Spring 2009 Haute Couture

When I arrived at the Givenchy Spring 2009 Haute Couture show just before it’s 7pm scheduled start time, I knew it would not start at 7pm, because a van pulled up unloading the couture gowns.

Like it or not whilst waiting to get in I already had a preview of the nude gowns.

Whilst queuing I was also entertained by the models – Sessilee Lopez and Lily Donaldson – as they came out of hair and make-up, which was located opposite where the show was taking place. Both appeared with those white strips around their heads, to keep their hair off their perfectly made up faces.

The hall was decorated with beautiful petals all over the floor, and as the lights when down, the the first model was presented.

In stark contrast to Riccardo Tisci’s very hard and edgy Spring 2009 RTW collection, this collection was ultra feminine with feathery chiffon layers, bouffant shoulders, visible corset under chiffon layers. The slight edge came with a few touches of leather, and heavy metal neck pieces.

The nudes I had witnessed outside were accompanied by pale violets, bright lemons, mint greens, black and whites.

One of my favourite pieces was the black Gothic queen gown worn by British model Lily Donaldson. The pictures do not quite do it justice, as it was a truly magnificent gown with a criss-cross detail at the back, and the puffed shoulders sparkled with jeweled embellishment.

The craftsmanship was exquisite, I was drooling over all the gowns, which were all very wearable. Oscar worthy, they certainly are.

Singer Roisin Murphy, Daphne Guinness, Kanye West, Anna Wintour and French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld were all in the front row. Carine had changed from her earlier look at Christian Lacroix, into a all black Givenchy pant suit.

At the end of the show we received a pack full of detailed descriptions of all the elegant pieces.

I had a very entertaining, fashion fun filled day, which required lots of walking. I did carry flats in my bag, but because my Pour La Victoire heels were so incredibly comfortable, I didn’t need them.

Here are my pictures.

Christian Lacroix Spring 2009 Haute Couture

Yesterday my second show was the Christian Lacroix Spring 2009 Haute Couture show.

The collection, as expected, was very colourful and beautiful, mixing ultra feminine and romantic looks, with a touch chic of masculine tailoring.

The colours were vibrant, tropical for some pieces, and there were also prints, stripes and heavy embellishments.

The show opened with military inspired looks, then a series of tailored suits, followed by dresses with boleros, puffy skirts, flamenco-style dresses, and then the gowns. Each one more spectacular than the next.

My favourites were the pink ombre one above, which would look great on someone like Penelope Cruz, who has been lacking for me lately. The gold dress is of course reserved. in my eye. for Cate Blanchett. Only she could wear that sculptured dress so elegantly.

The hair was pulled up top, with a single braid. The accessories were big.

Big jeweled earrings, big plastic bangles, and earrings worn as bangles. These are fine details, but they made a big impact.

French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld was in the front row looking gorgeous wearing a tan trench coat, which almost looked like a chic dress.

I had a 1000 watt blub pointing in my direction, but I was able to get a few great pictures from the show.

I need a faster reaction camera.

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Georges Chakra Spring 2009 Haute Couture

After scheduling enough blog posts so you would not think I abandoned you, I excitedly made my way to Paris this morning.

Upon arrival, my first stop was the Georges Chakra show.

Georges Chakra has a huge presence on the red carpet with stars such as Carrie Underwood (she’s a big fan), Mischa Barton, Christina Milian, Amerie, Kerry Washington and most recently Queen Latifah – who was a guest at the show – but more on her later.

You can click here to see celebs on the red carpet wearing Georges Chakra.

Georges Chakra would have pleased his clientèle with his Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection, because it was simply breath-taking.

The colour palette was a wondrous mix of nudes, pretty pinks, vivid yellows, whites, vibrant violets, black and prints.

What may not be evident in my pictures, are the intricate details of swirling shapes, ruffles, beads, paillettes, and fans. These details were presented on cute strapless cocktail tutu’s dresses, gowns, and pant ensembles. Each one was more flouncy, fluffy and embellished than the next.

Apart from the drool-worthy gowns, I was very taken by a clear PVC pajama set, which had an explosion of gold floral details. It also has gold embellishments on the trim of the lapels, and a tan sash tied to the waist.

The highlight came at the end, when the model wearing a stunning bridal gown, removed her large skirt, to reveal a shorter skirt underneath.

For my first couture, show it was one magnificent collection.

I also attended the Christian Lacroix and Givenchy shows, but I will tease you with that for tomorrow. Out of the 3, this was by far my favourite show.

There is more to come from Mr Chakra. On February 14th, he will premiere his first ready to wear collection in New York.

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