Thursday, January 24, 2013

Paris Couture Week 2013 - Part 2

Paris Couture Fashion Week
Spring/Summer 2013
Part Two

This is the closing chapter in my Paris Couture Week coverage. 

Georges Chakra
An extravanganza of colour collided at Georges Chakra's Spring Couture show, in a zesty fruit bowl of orange, lemon, guava and grapefruit. Black, white, navy and blue also weaved its way through the the colour-blocked cut-out evening gowns and slinky embellished mini dresses. Innovative necklines dipped into fit-and-flare silhouettes and floaty chiffon skirts...with glistening beads and a few feathers were thrown in for good measure.





Elie Saab
When it comes to creating exquisite evening wear, Elie Saab reigns supreme. Elie's SS13 Couture range follows his evergreen template of ethereal sheer gowns smothered with floral appliqués and the most intricate of crystal embroideries. Dresses were doused in a syrupy palette of ice blue, lavender, ivory and honeycomb, then turning more dramatic in shades of vivid red and black. Pocketed ballroom skirts and floor-sweeping capes brought a certain modernity to the princess ensembles. I hope to see a few of these on the red carpet.



  
Armani Privé
I never would have put the words 'Armani' and 'Tribal' in the same sentence before, but this couture season, Giorgio took a cultural journey through the Middle Eastern and beyond. Slick satin trouser suits with sharply-cut cropped jackets and waistcoats were seen in abundance, alongside ethnically patterned dresses and beaded peplum tops. Scarlet, saffron, bronze and black made up the colour quota of layered looks and radiant evening gowns.



   
Valentino
The value of a Valentino Spring couture gown is measured by finely filigreed embroidery, conscientiously piped onto organza in a garden trellis design. A sense of demure femininity was advocated through long-sleeved dresses with high necklines in variations of virtuous white. Floral, caped and birdcage dresses shared the stage with graceful evening gowns in crimson red, ivory pearl and inky black tulle.




     
Georges Hobeika
Fast becoming one of my favourite couturiers, Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika brings forth unprecedented prettiness for Spring. The season is beautifully shaded in emerald green, turquoise and carnation pink with whispers of lilac, grey, maple and rose. Full-skirted chiffon gowns were decked with incandescent beadwork and decadent floral motifs, artfully pieced together to create a celestial flower garden in bloom.


   
Zuhair Murad
Zuhair Murad makes the dresses that Hollywood starlets love to wear, and with this ravishing new Couture collection, he is sure to inherit a few more fans. Ornamented with lavish gold embroidery and shimmering sequins, his impeccably fit evening gowns enchanted with their sensual femininity. A blush of peachy coral and oceanic blue was seen alongside cloudy whites, metallic gold and pewter. Swishing chiffon skirts and column gowns with languid capes breezed across the runway...and hopefully to a red carpet in the near future.



Who has most impressed you this Spring Couture season?


*If you missed Part One, stroll over here.

73 comments:

Josie said...

My favourites this year are Elie Saab, Chanel and I loooooved Dior, although I agree that it's very similar to the previous collection. But I guess if it ain't broke haha! xxx

The Urban Market said...

Wow, there are so many dresses. Elie Saab, Armani and Valentino are my favorites collection.

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S said...

Elei saab and Valentino: my favs ever!!!!!
Great great post, dear!
xxx
S

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Miss Top Ten Image said...

Mmmmm... Mr. Saab please...one of each!!! Hahahahaha ;-)
Georges Chakra presented and AMAZING collection too
xoxo
Patricia

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Diana Marks said...

Great collections!! I love those collections with lots of bright and beautiful colors.

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Denisa said...

Amazing dresses, bsautiful collection. Great day.

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Katie Frank said...

last one is my fav <3
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Rakhshan said...

lovely dresses, ellie saab's appeal to me the most and love those orange, black and whites!
hope you are well Sam xox

Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

WOW! Wonderful selection, gorgeous gowns, but my fav is allways and allways will be Elie Saab! That is for me pure perfection! Ilina

Pardon My Fashion said...

Loved Armani and Dior. And of course, Elie Saab was just angelic as always. GREAT post.

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Bodil Huisman said...

Really love all the colours of the collection from George Chakra.
Ellie Saab has wonderful designs as always :) would love to own one of those dresses, who wouldn't right!??

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Demi Mist said...

Great collections!
I love two red dresses with cape!

Lilli said...

Hi Sam! Thanks for stopping by, lol will let you know for sure!:) Btw, this second chapter is going to be my fav than the first since you featured the 2 collections that I loved most, I bet you know which are!:) Valentino and Elie Saab just amazed me! Wow I wish for one of those gowns^^ And I also would love to see in the red carpet next! I noticed they used quite similar hues, love the red and the black! Kisses dear, hope your day is going ok, here is always rainy! xoxo

Carmen said...

Georges Hobeika dresses are amazing!!
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Natasha Gregson said...

Such beautiful collections, I think Ellie Saab can do no wrong with her dramatic, romantic designs!!

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

There is so much prettiness coming out of the Paris Couture shows! Elie Saab and Valentino have to be two of my favorites!

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Jayme and Mendi said...

Love the colors featured in that last collection!

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Indira Cherietmoi said...

What a fabulous post, sweetie! Oh myy... Elie Saab!! Those dresses are utterly beautiful though they kinda look alike with Valentino's and Georges' coutures though... and Didit's designs indeed bring such fresh air.. simply elegant cutting!

Estefanía Ainoza said...

Really nice!!! I love it!!!

Little Rus said...

Elie Saab and Valentino, the rest was just ok. x

GLAMOURMOES said...

Gorgeous! I love Elie Saab!!

Borjana said...

Can I have it all,please?;)
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Marina H said...

Drooling!! enough said.

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Patrycja Photography said...

Very cool blog. Interesting posts. ;)
Nice atmosphere guests with you here on the blog. ;]
Yours. Have a nice day. !

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Tammy Lau said...

I have miss u too girl!!!! OMG, I have seen many couture shop in West Africa(esp those used to be french colony!!) but none of them are like these!!! I miss the real couture:P.....these are too awesome...BTW, I need to ask you a favor cus I want to do an interview with you regarding South Africa. Let me know if that's possible. I will email u now.

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Genie said...

love it!masterpiece!

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Gabriele said...

Armani prive is my favorite! I've always liked Armani (just like versace)I just feel like the clothes are so modern and always chic!

Alexandra said...

A bunch of fabulous dresses!!!! Amazing colors and gorgeous selection! Thanks for sharing such a nice post! Also a very large 'thank you' for taking the time to leave a comment for me!
Have a happy time!

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mademoiselle mode said...

Thants for the recap ^^
I love all collections :)

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Fashion-isha said...

Wow I love the colors of the Georges Hobeika collection!
xo
Sharon

Giovanna said...

In LOVE with Elie Saab! I want every single piece in his collection!

xx
Giovanna
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Nico Saich said...

totally loving your post! Everything is laid out beautifully and it's fun to see all the collections that are simply stunning!

-Nico

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....... said...

love elie saab so many modest choices too fantastic! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

Aleksandra said...

Love the Armani collection !

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Mélo l'imparfaite said...

love elie saab and armani !

Regine Karpel said...

Love Elie Saab!
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Anthea F said...

love all!

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Anthea

Sandra Leiva said...

Elie Saab <3

lucia m said...

oh god! love this!

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ftashion said...

I think I'm still loving the Chirstian Dior range most! The bold prints and cuts from the Armani range are really cool too! Thank you Sam for your ever sweet comments on my post!

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Ileana said...

Ellie Saab's pieces are fantastic!
xoxo

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Tian said...

The Elie Saab dresses are incredible! I know Zuhair Murad has a reputation as a copycat, but I also can't help but love some of his gowns.

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sonia de macedo said...

Ooh you can not go passed the gorgeous femininity of Ellie Saab and Valentino!

SDMxx
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Adeola Naomi said...

I love Couture and I am so so impressed with Chanel,Valentino Dior, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad!!!
They are all so awesome in their own unique ways!!!
I hope you are good dear and how about your exams?
I am coming down with flu :-(

littlemissandrea said...

Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I'm especially loving the punch of colour! Thanks for sharing.
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Alessandra said...

I love Valentino (the best Italian style)!! Kisses

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Kacie said...

Gorgeous! Great post!

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Miss Sultana said...

love love love!

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Chai Chen said...

I love those Elie Saab gowns! Really gorgeous! :)

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Kacie Cone said...

Elie Saab is my love :)

HeartsAndCrosses said...

Valentino and Ellie Sab put on incredible shows, their collections are so amazing

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x

Hannah said...

Since I can't go there to experience it, thank you for writing about this! I love Elie Saab designs for this collections! I'd be lucky to wear one of his creations!

Hannah
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Lauren said...

wow, honestly all of these gowns are stunning. xo

Nickita Francisca Dias said...

<3 the colos and cuts :))))nice compilation...:))...kisses

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

elie saab always impresses me! hahaha
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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow, Sam, again what an awesome post! The colours in the Georges Chakra collection, my GOODNESS! Absolutely amazing! And the metallics of Zuhair Murad are making me seriously swoon also, just divine.

Thanks for sharing and have a fab weekend!

Zahra Sandberg said...

Fantastic post! - I thought I was in love with Elie Saab, then Valentino, but Georges Hobeika stole my heart with this collection. The color! I am inspired - and I am thankful to you for once again putting together such a concise, eloquently summarized post with the most dreamy imagery possible! I am also thankful that I can get my fashion fill here and not spend an hour or more clicking through every single collection on style.com to see the best of the best. Well done!

Zahra

thirtysomethingchic said...

I love Elie Saab and armani collection.
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MOSAMUSE said...

wow the zuhair murad looks amazing!
xo
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bridechic said...

Absolutely adore the pastels. ..

trishie said...

The Elie Saab collection looks so beautiful

Chris Ed said...

Hi Sam, wow beautiful post! I love the Georges Chakra´s collection the most! happy friday:) kisses chris

megcasson said...

incredible.

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Pauline Lim said...

Oh im loving those from Valentino and Zuhair Murad's! Love the elegant look! :)

xx pauline
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Je ne sais quoi said...

ohhh m loving the fresh colours in Georges Chakra collection so well refreshing that's it and the hairstyle is just perfect!
as for Elie Saab all i can think of is fairy tales and romance!
im so fanatic over lebanese designers said it a million times before lol
i also crushed over the high thigh slits dresses of zuhair mrad , reminded me of mermaid-like gowns. just beautiful.
thanks for sharing your beautiful picks and coverage doll!
xxxx
nini

VintageDanielle said...

Georges' was my favorite, love the feminine appeal and gorgeous colors.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

So I'm diggin' the Elie Saab (like always), but I also like the Murad collection too.

Margaret Cruzemark said...

Ι am totally voting Valentino here. The colors, the clothes, all so fab!
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Caitie Schlisserman said...

everything is just so darn beautiful! wish I had a big enough closet (and money!) to buy it all!

xxx
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lalalaPatricia said...

I love George Chakra colorful collections and George Hobeika and Zuhair Murad stunning collections! :)

Mattania Qtplace said...

Beautiful dresses!

MJ said...

Love your blog.
Fav here - Elie, Zuhair & Valentino