Christian Dior Spring 2009 Haute Couture

Straight after the SAG Awards red carpet comes the next big event, Haute Couture Fashion Week, for the Spring 2009 presentations this week.

Christian Dior was the first big designer to show yesterday. There was talk of the recession, credit crunch and economic crisis putting a dampener on the Couture shows. It looks like John Galliano, was not paying attention. Instead he focused on what he does best at – creating exquisite gowns.

It’s clear that one of the inspirations of this collection was blue and white Chinese porcelain, as the distinctive print adorned many gowns.

Blacks and white, Cornflower yellows, tulip reds, powder blues, and sherbet oranges were served up on the colour palette.

My favourite pieces were those that had tight bodices that clinched in the waist, then exploded into voluminous full skirts. Lets hope they stay that way when Theron, von Teese and Mendes walk the red carpet in them.

Bouffant sleeves were featured heavily, rounding off the shoulders, but it was not all about volume. Pencil skirts and narrow gowns provided a slinkier silhouette.

There was surprisingly a lot of black and white in this collection, but fear not, it looks like the Couture shows will be just as fabulous as ever.


Atelier Versace Fall 2008

Versace do not normally have a runway show for their Couture (Atelier) collection, but on this occasion they included Donatella’s illustrations with the Couture photographs on the Versace website.

For me this Fall 2008 collection is not as spectacular as the Spring 2008 collection, which saw 6 of the 15 gowns appear on the red carpet.

Of course all of these 17 gowns have red carpet potential, especially the gold lame striped gown, the black strapless gown with a star detail on the hip, and the one-shouldered see-through gown that looks like a spiders web above.

But I am slightly disappointed as some of the gowns look better as illustrations – this applies mostly to the green dress. I am also disappointed that I could not see the front of all of the dress. Back and side views just frustrate me.