Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Paris Couture Week 2013 - Part 1

Paris Couture Fashion Week
Spring/Summer 2013
Part One

There is no better place for avant grade inspiration than Paris Couture Fashion Week. This is part one of my runway recap from the City of Lights. Please click on the image to zoom in.

Christian Dior
The refined design aesthetic of Raf Simons blossomed at Dior's Couture SS13 presentation, uplifting the scene with cool blues, sunflower yellow, rose petal pinks and poppy red. The strapless bustier neckline was thematic throughout, as were chic cigarette pants and bell-shaped satin skirts fitted with pockets. Delicate floral lace embroidery enhanced the buoyant spirit of Spring. The range did feel slightly déjá vu from the last two seasons.

Giambattista Valli
A thoughtfully sculpted procession of feminine dresses drifted down the runway at Giambattista Valli. Black and white abstract animal prints and tented high-low hem skirts led the Spring 2013 showing, with dainty lilac and rose pink princess frocks following suit. Sumptuous ball gowns placed over pencil pants evoked an air of modern elegance.

Atelier Versace
Donatella took an entirely different route for Spring 2013, presenting a collection that is high in impact and all that is classic Versace glamour. Black pinstriped ensembles boasted genuine 24 carat gold thread in this ode to gilded opulence, which also featured architectural dresses inspired by domes of glass. A wave of fluorescent pinks and acid green revitalized our fashion palettes with neon chiffon babydoll dresses that should come with its own set of sunglasses.

Alexis Mabille
Couture week regular Alexis Mabille sent a confection of sugary romance down his Spring 2013 runway. Peaches and cream, strawberry kisses, honey almond and pastille pink coloured in the frothy evening gowns and lace lingerie inspired dresses. Bustier gowns and ribboned empire line looks were whirled in pleated chiffon, tiers of tulle and airy organza. Blissfully pretty.

Stephane Rolland
Stephane Rolland knows a thing or two about art, as evident in his skillfully sculpted collection, flaunting strong lines, symmetrical shapes & structured ruffles. Monochromatic silk gowns featured visually interesting sheer insert skirts with fishtail hems. Adding a 3 dimensional effect to the dresses were carefully pieced petals set upon peplum waists and necklines.

Midnight strolls down forest paths in opulent fairytale dresses & cream tweed suits...that doesn't sound a bit unusual when you're talking about Chanel Couture. Karl Lagerfeld dreamed up an exquisite collection for Spring, with skirt suits, dainty dresses over lace leggings, a floral scattering of sequins & frayed feathered gowns that deserve a place in a Tim Burton movie.

What are your thoughts on the Spring 2013 Couture Collections so far?

Part Two to follow.


Fabiola Tinelli said...

Love Chanel collection!


BELULOVE said...

love alexis!!!


Miss Top Ten Image said...

I love your reviews about the fashion weeks and the new collections. You're so profesional!! It's a pleasure reading you darling!! BTW my favorites are Dior and Alexis Mabille!!

Daniella said...

WOW WOW WOW Sam! Such a wonderful review post, love each and every collection shown here. Raf Simons has really given Dior such a beautiful identity now. Chanel is always a firm favourite, Karl Lagerfeld always seems to give us refreshing and original designs to feast our eyes on, that always take my breath away. But I really do love all these collections :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Rachel. said...

loved the chanel show! xo

The Urban Market said...

Christian Dior collection is definitely my favorite. Love these dresses.


Lilli said...

Hi Sam! As predicted there is plenty of white and black for this spring! I like the collections you shared, I was so amazed by the Christian Dior's make up, the sequinned lips are very cool!! But have to say that I expected little more from Simons! Chanel's collection is original and dark, I love also the make with all the feathers! Reminds me of Black Swan movie also! Valli and Rolland are maybe my fav since they are more simple and elegant! Looking forward to the second part dear! Have a good day! Hugs!!:*♥

Menos es más said...

oooooooh me quedo con Dior y Chanel!!!!
besitos, buen post!!!

Little Rus said...

Must admit I am pretty disappointed with this Couture season, particularly Dior, which was so bad that it made me cry. x

Nee said...

i love the Alexis Mabille collection. very chic & feminin and the colors are beyond beautiful:)
lots of love xx

Maddie said...

I am so in love with Dior collection! <3

Je ne sais quoi said...

Loving all of yoru selections! But my ultimate fav is Stephane rolland , im just beddazzled by the cuts and silhouettes!
lovelovelove! :D

Heather said...

Love these collections!

Pearls & Paws

Leonor said...

Amazing! I love these shows!:) I was trying to pick a favorite but I never can.. ahahha! thank you so much for your comment dear! Blair Waldorf is a style icon for me! so your comment made my day:)) have a great day too! keep in touch!


Bravoe Runway said... I say wow? I love the classic and feminine styles from Dior. I love the old and edgy looks by Versace. And I have been a long time fan of giambatista Valli.

Lilli said...

Thats right Sam, exactly what you said! Like it comes from the last 2! xo

S said...

Love Paris Couture wee, is my fav fashion week!^^
Dior's and Valli's collections are breathless!

Agnieszka (Aga) Guerrero Olesinska said...

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Denisa said...

Amazing collections. I like Paris Couture. Great day.

Anonymous said...

Dior and Mabille just TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!!!

<3 Cambria

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the introduction to Alexis Mabille - I love the colors and textures presented! Hi from Boracay!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Katie Frank said...

I really like Dior because I love Raf Simons <3

Anthea F said...


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Helena Resende said...

Amazing ! :)

Bodil Huisman said...

The Christian Dior and Alexis Mabille collection.
the designs are really great and refreshing :)


Caitie Schlisserman said...

I love Paris Fashion Week not only for the beautiful collections but all of the inspiration that comes with it!

Lady à la Mode

Tie Bow-tie said...

I think we all will be dressed in geometric print) Amazing collections!

Always Maylee said...

Wow, these are all gorgeous collections. I love the neons by Versace!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Alice Porter said...

Fabulous post! Chanel is definitely my favourite this spring/summer, I love the darker shades x

VintageDanielle said...

Alexis' collection is my favorite. I love the beautiful tulle and feminine feel.

miss b said...

Just catching up on your recent posts - so much colour in the Louboutin collection. I do enjoy your fashion week posts and there's so much variety here but I particularly like all the pastels (gorgeous lilac) and lace. I see that the animal print trend keeps on going.

Carmen said...

OMG Alexis Mabille is amazing!

The Marcy Stop said...

Great recap! My faves were Giamba and Chanel ofcourse!

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Rosa C. said...

I love Giambattista Valli!!
Chocolate Rose Style

Margaret Cruzemark said...

Alexis Mabille!! More drama than I can afford and I love it!!
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Ivana said...

Oh, Sam, this is stuff fashion dreams are made of! Of course, I'm completely smitten with Christian Dior, I've long been an admirer of Raf Simons, and I think he's doing a wonderful job at Dior (I've never really adhered to Galliano's flamboyant style - it never felt like Dior). It's evident that he's trying to revive the codes of this fashion house, inspired by Christian Dior himself, and I applaud him for that.
And of course, Karl can do no wrong in my opinion: I'm utterly smitten with all the lace and black&white, although I wasn't really impressed by the makeup and hair.

I loved reading about your opinions, Sam!


xx Ivana

Macarons and Pearls

Anonymous said...

Is Atelier Versace from Paris? I've always thought it was from Milan!
My fave is definitely Versace, I'm the biggest fan of the sexy dresses, and in this collection I adore the bright neons!!

Inês de Castro said...

I loved Alexis Mabille, Chanel and Dior.

Megan, said...

oh chanel and dior, i love youXo Megan,

loving-evelyn said...

I love Giambattista Valli
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Kacie Cone said...

The Giambattista Valli is just gorgeous!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Chanel truly took my breath away! I loved that collection.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Dior and Mabille really caught my eye. Stunning selections!

Jayme and Mendi said...

So many gorgeous creations! Loving Dior and Valli the most!

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Alina said...

Dior, Chanel and Alexis are dreams:)
Baci, Alina

Adrenalina Style blog

sonia de macedo said...

So much gorgeousness I don't know where to begin, but seriously loving Giambattista Valli!


Adeola Naomi said...

Loove love looooove CHANEL and Dior is not bad but I will love to see Raf Simons take some risk.

The Chic Sheet said...

G Valli is perfection!


Gabriel Kaefer said...

all collections are wonderful!
my favorite is Chanel and Versace, I loved!

i await a visit to my blog!

Paula RL said...

Great post dear! Love it!

XOXO, Collage Minimalista

Denise said...

Lovely! My favourite of these is definitely Giambattista Valli ♥♥

Love, Denise

LeeLee said...

Such a beautiful collection.

Ileana said...

Love all the colors in the versace collection!

GlamourDrama said...

great post!!!! love alexis mabille!

Kamilla K said...

Ugh I dunno....the only ones I liked were Chanel and Alexis Mabille....the rest looked more like ready to wear instead of couture! Like Raf Simmons-it basically looked like his ready-to-wear collection earlier, except even more casual.

Sophisticated Lace

La borsa di Mary Poppins said...

wow beautiful!!:)

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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow, what a fantastic round up Sam!! I love your descriptions, they're fab. Loving the gowns by Alexis Mabelle (so French and romantic!) and the collection by Stephane Rolland, such interesting shapes.

Can't wait for the rest of these posts!!

Diana Marks said...

great collections, even though Giambattista Valli is probably my favorite!

LA By Diana Live Magazine

Marlen said...

hmmm the Spring lines are definitely more dark than i thought they'd be. but then again i feel like all the lines had an even balance of dark pieces and then frilly, floral, and airy pieces. My favorite one is from Valli in the second row and second picture from the left. I love the sleeves and full, structured skirt!

xo Marlen
Messages on a Napkin

MOSAMUSE said...

WOW loving the Alexis Mabille collection!

Olga Choi said...

no words, just AMAZING photos!


Joyce said...

Oh wow this is so gorgeous, I love all the collections! Especially the poufy ball gowns at Giambattista Valli. How I wish I could be an actress or something so that I can wear these dresses to award shows (hahahah but I can't act so that wouldn't really work out)

ASparklyHanger said...

love Atelier Versace!Great post!

Well... said...

Haha, looking at all these dresses makes me want to break out mine again. I love the flowy ones! <3

Trendy Teal

fluff and fripperies said...

Chanel is my absolute favourite - I actually posted about the collection today :)

Katie Q. said...

Wow, where to start? Doir is hands down on of my favorite fashion houses, their clothes always look so exquisite and gorgeous. This line does feel pretty similar to the past few years, more of an extension of those lines than a new one but they're still so pretty.
Giambattista Valli's is just stunning! It all looks so beautiful and feminine, I would wear that last yellow dress in a heartbeat!
I think this is the first time I've liked Versace's line, most of the time Donetella's stuff feels a little ummm, trashy to me, but I think that just might be more of her style aesthetic. I'm really impressed with this line, the use of color isn't as obnoxious as usual and the lines of the dresses are so sleek and fun! This one is a win for me!
Alexis Mabille's line is my favorite. Ooooh, the soft colors, the beautiful material, these gowns are just breath taking and beautiful, I want ever single one of them. (My bank account laughs at me.) That ombre white to black dress is just wow.
Chanel I never really like out of principal, I love Karl L's design, I just really dislike Coco Channel and how she's become so glorified after all of the truly horrible things she did. (They should have kept the war crimes charges on her, that whole thing was just disgraceful.) I rambled there a little, I'm so sorry! Karl L. does do amazing work and I can never complain about his lines, they're always beautifully done.
Whew, I'm always impressed that you are able to put these beautiful overview posts together, you do such a good job at it and showing the different lines!

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I must say that I am adoring Alexis Mabille and Christian Dior best. I just love the details and dash of yellow in both.

Danny said...

I'm loving these Spring collections! Dior <3

Janice Lunes said...

Great roundup !

I like the collection of Giambattista Valli :)



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Sam said...

Hi Gabriele, you are right, Atelier Versace is an Italian label, but for some reason all the couture collections are shown at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

Demi Mist said...

I think I prefer the Stephane Rolland collection!

Indira Cherietmoi said...

Wowww... amazing designs though I don't really like the Chanel's ones.. kinda weird I guess, but I love Alexis' designs.. pretty oohh so pretty gowns!!

Marina H said...

Girl you're killing me with so much haute/couture/stunning/incredible amazing!!

<3 Marina

Nickita Francisca Dias said...

these are so freaking good images :))))nice..kisses