Couture is a challenging thing. It may (or most likely) will never turn a profit. A piece may never even be worn again beyond the catwalk. However, couture is often instrumental to a brand’s identity. It’s more dedicatedly described as Art.
The term haute couture and what falls under that elite category is also confusing. As a descriptive term, and literally translated as “high tailoring,” haute couture is often synonymous with avant garde, fashion forward, one-of-a-kind, luxury, and/or high concept.
In France, HOWEVER, haute couture is a licensed term. For a fashion house to officially offer a haute couture line, they must be approved as such by la Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode. A mouthful, I know. They serve a similar role as the Académie française, only instead of defining and recording the French language, they’re defining and document expensive and awesome clothes. Sort of. I imagine the complexities are as confusing for us as the electoral college is to them. I digress.
This go-around, 10 designers put forth shows in Paris. This one’s always in Paris: Alexis Mabille, Anne Valérie Hash, Armani Privé, Chanel, Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thimister, and Valentino.
This season’s line up spanned the spectrum between meh, mwah, and whah?!?!
I have compiled brief (but hopefully amusing) rundowns and reviews of each collection shown in Paris for Spring 20101 Couture Fashion, ordered by my personal preference, more or less, from HATE to LOVE, with all the muddled in between.
1. BTW, how insane is it that it’s freaking 2010? I know after a decade of the new millennium, we should be all “2010? SNORE!” But really, when I see it printed somewhere, I have to remind myself that I’m not grabbing a new read in the Science Fiction section of the library but am, in fact, reading today’s newspaper. As you (or if you) roll through the lineup, notice how many designers pick at a Space Odyssey/Scifi-esque vibe. Methinks I’m not the only one impressed by the sound of our new decade.