Couture Fall 2012 Roundup, Day 3

Ulyana Sergeenko
Ulyana Sergeenko, the Russian street style star turned designer’s show was very Russian indeed. It seemed to mix sexy Russian with grandma-babushka-Russian. There were prarie-esq dresses, fur-skirts, heavy coats, rosettes, and head scarves. But there were also rompers, chic mohair sweaters, smart trousers, and knee high boots. The skirts were voluminous, the shoulders exaggerated, the Ulyana-Sergeenko influence clearly present. The sweater-tucked-into-huge-50’s-skirt look has become her signature, so for anyone who wants to look like her, here you go. 

Maison Martin Margiela
Margiela clearly had a lace-and-gem thing going on in this couture, but with that came things like a plastic coat or a jacket of baseball gloves, which don’t seem to match at all, but seem so effing cool you can’t help but want it all. Margiela is the essence of cool, but not in a downtown way. No, his cool is more refined, more sophisticated, and damn great. This was couture in the grittiest sense, and in the most refined-grittiest way possible.

Elie Saab
Elie Saab branched out this season- instead of just beautiful beaded gowns with a variety of necklines, sleevs lengths, etc. (which, don’t get me wrong, I love) he had pieces without embellishent, gold foil, and dresses with multiple colors on them (ok, so maybe that was just a few nude gowns with a bit of blueish teal, but hey) There was still a distinct color pallete-order, as there always in, but instead of just pastels, the show opened with balck, segwayed into nude, peach, robins-egg then teal blue, darker nude, and finally gold. There were a few turtleeck dresses, which I loved, for not only do they conceal an unsightly neck, but they look so chic!


Valentino was beautiful in it’s simplicity; simple yet innovative silhouettes, clean lines, uncluttered by patterns. The patterns that appeared were sophisticated and elegent, and instead of seeming busy or cluttered, were only elegant.

 Openign with darker hues- beautiful navys and blacks, segwaying into lighter colors and their signature florals, all ladylike and whimisically beautiful, as Valentino usually is. The models were angellic, even Ruby Aldridge, usually so hard, looked like the sweetest of them all. The pleats were dainty, the embellishments sophisitcated, and the overall effect new, but quintessentially Valentino.

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Dressing For: A Gala

Tomorrow night I have The JDRF Hope Gala in San Francisco, and I am still trying to find a dress. Instead of actually going to find one, I thought I’d internet shop around a bit and pretend like I had unlimited funds. A $7,000 dress for one night that isn’t my wedding? Perfect! Now we just have to decide what I should wear. Should I go elegant hippie in the Roberto Cavalli Printed Silk Chiffon and Lace Gown? Bridal in the Monique Lhuillier Blue and White Ink Blot gown? Fun in the Jason Wu Belted dress? Should I argue that Oscar not only does the best greens, but the best yellow’s too? Or Maybe I should go totally unconventional in the Valentino Jumpsuit or the Marchesa Bubble Skirt gown? 

Couture Round Up, Day 3

or, “The End”.

What can be said about this Red-Carpet-faveorite that hasn’t been said before? His dresses are beautiful, light, flowing, sparkly, and all together captivatingly gorgeous. His collection today showcased his ethereal dresses in a rainbow of pastel colors, with the occasional and somewhat odd floral print thrown in. It was refreshing to see a few shorter cocktail frocks among the longer gowns, though their lack of length made them no less dazzling than their longer counterparts. There were a few cape-y like things, and nearly each dress had a thin patent-leather-looking-belt-looking-thing which distracted from the rest of the dress a bit, but other than that, another job well done.

Gaultier’s most recent couture collection showcased suits draped in unusual and sort of falling apart ways, corsets, veils, colored wigs, models smoking cigarettes, lace, florals, neon, a sassy Karlie Kloss, and a lot of Amy Winehouse. And that being said, well, there’s not much more to say. The concept of hard-edged femininity was evident,  woven beautifully into Gaultier’s signature androgyny. Some of the best looks were the sportier ones (read: the red and white leather jacket resembling a letterman jacket, but less puffy and more chic). The designers tribute to Amy was done well, and how sweet that all the models came out in the end in veils. A Marvelous collection, even though it isn’t what one would typically think of when thinking of Haute Couture (the obvious thoughts drift into Elie Saab and Dior territory).

Prarie Chic is the first thing that comes to mind for the Valentino Couture collection. While this description may not conjure up the most glamourous images, Valentino did it in the most glamous way, infusing their feminine and youthful-yet-grown-up aesthetic with dulled prints of flowers and wildlife, printed on silks and chiffons instead of cottons. The romantic vibe was kept alive with longer dresses and lovely lace and fluid materials that floated down the runway with the utmost grace. Mainly white in color, it was a refreshing end to Couture Week and all the neons that have been going on, and proved to be another beautiful collection for Maria Grazia Chiui and Pier Paolo Piccoli. 

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