Ever so often we’re looking at endless catwalks, countless fashion shows, compressed fashion weeks or dull Red Carpets but rarely do we capture the spark and the essence that is Haute Couture.
It’s always in the details. The tiniest stitches, the smallest sequins and the shiniest beads. There lies the very magic of Haute Couture. As the Spring 2016 Couture Week has kicked in and the internet isn’t shy in sharing images from the defiles, I’d like you to take a moment and admire the wonderful details in Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2016 HC collection (if you want to see larger images, click on the ‘gallery’ thumbnail up on the right).
As you will undoubtedly notice if you haven’t familiarized yourself with the style themes of the new Spring Summer 2016 Haute Couture season, there will be plenty of white and a serious amount of floral decorations. The delicacy of the flowers are reportedly an homage to the sad events devastating Paris last year. There’s no saying that flowers would alleviate the wrong that’s been made in Paris and everywhere else, but it sure helps to focus on lighter, positive things than on the dark and bitter end of the present days.
Back to fashion now: Something that has a huge impact on me, way beyond the fit and the sartorial finesse of a Haute Couture design is the material and the close inspection of the garment’s details. The closest I got so far, is looking at these spectacular close-ups on my laptop screen. And they’re dazzling, I’ll tell you this much!
Words cannot add to the visual worth of these photographs and I would love to have a cup of coffee or tea with you girls, talking about the wonders of Haute Couture, the spectacle of ‘les petits mains’, the little hands behind every stitch, behind every added sequin and fitted ruffle.
Giambattista Valli was rumored to be one of the designers to fit the Dior bill left vacant by Raf Simmons. How many times have I wondered who was copying who or if they were design-twins, separated at their fashion birth. Time will tell, the responsibility that comes with a big fashion house seems to be unbearable for our beloved fashion luminaries.
Until the Dior enigma will be solved, let’s sip a cup of coffee or tea and scroll up and down these Spring Summer 2016 Haute Couture wonders (if what you’ve seen here made you curious about the entire collection’s look and feel, you need to check out styledotcom‘s reporting on the matter! And do come back and tell me if seeing the details doesn’t change your entire perspective!)
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