Couture is known for drama and that's exactly what Stephane Rolland delivered yesterday as he presented his couture collection in Paris. The two men in the above walking behind Yasmin Le Bon as she closed the show were not models; they were there to support her as the dress she was wearing weighs in at 110 pounds. Just to put that into context, as Huffington Post Style notes, that's like carrying Eva Longoria on your back.
This morning was the first day of the couture shows and as always, Diane Kruger was in attendance. The actress turned up to the Versace Atelier presentation today wearing this dress from the brand's recent pre-fall collection.
Daisy Lowe turned heads in her Agent Provocateur campaign and now she plans to do the same thing with her latest project. Following in the footsteps of Lizzie Jagger, Lowe confirmed that she will celebrate her famous curves by posing nude for Playboy. According to reports, Lowe will appear on the magazine's September issue which will be shot at the Playboy mansion.
After launching his eyewear line earlier this year, Jason Wu is now launching a line of leather accessories.
"[My eyewear collection] is only the beginning of my accessories range, stay tuned for later this year - there is more to come," he told Vogue.com. "Now that I have an established ready-to-wear business it seems to be the natural step to expand into the world of Jason Wu. There is so much more I would like to do to complete the vision."
And it looks like the new line and his spring/summer 2011 collection could be inspired by his latest travels to Paris. "The beautifully ornate architecture has been very inspiring. I always find great inspiration while I travel," he said.
"If a woman doesn't want 'rich', she doesn't come to couture," Elie Saab told Style.com before his couture show yesterday. The statement instantly became fitting as soon as the first few models walked the runway. Inspired by Venice's famous opera house, La Fenice, the collection was far from demure or understated. Instead, the Saab couture woman wants to make a statement and let the world know that she's recession free.
As usual, Saab focused on detail with beautiful embellishments and sequins on dresses that graceful swept the floor and decided to play with draping on elegant dresses and even on sleeves.
We saw a lot of the sheer detailing that we've seen over the last two seasons with flashes of skin under chiffon and silk tulle and red lace. Ruched velvet also appeared contrasting the lighter fabrics used particularly on the autumnal printed dresses and pussy bow blouses.
What stood out more than ever was that the collection featured everything that a woman would want in her wardrobe. One moment the designer sent down a strong sexy woman in her turquoise floor length dress with a high slit and then almost immediately after he sent a two piece skirt suit with a nude volumous blouse that would be a perfect way to be noticed in the boardroom.
Despite the show taking place only yesterday I'm sure you've all heard about the huge lion that stood centre stage in the Grand Palais with a Chanel pearl under it's paw at the brand's couture show. Once the models began to sashay down the runway all became clear. The collection was fierce and bold as the centrepiece with it's elaborate embroidery and detailing.
This season Karl Lagerfeld opted for heavy weighty fabrics compared to the loose and airy styles that we saw for Spring couture. The collection manly came in plaids, tweeds and furs in burnt oranges, browns, deep reds and royals blues; but the designer did throw in a fair share of tulle adorned with pastel-coloured flower embroidery. Lace also featured on dresses sitting comfortable just above the knee.
Proportions came in different variations from over-the-knee styles on sequin dresses - and most notably on a beautiful red corseted dress that skimmed the calf - teamed with juxtaposing cropped jackets.
After a highly lauded resort show on the Venice Lido in May, Karl Lagerfeld had a lot to live up to when he staged his Chanel haute couture show in Paris this week. To do that, he sent models around giant No 5 perfume bottles, which were admittedly austere but memorable nonetheless.
And as for fashion, Lagerfeld tested a new style: flyaway panels behind skirts and suits. That, paired with lace tights and lace-up antique-style booties, should keep the Blair Waldorfs of the world looking modern and classic simultaneously. Another added touch? Tennis-ball shoulders, a la Balmain. Christophe Decarnin, your technique has truly blown up.