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.
Riccardo Tisci, in his five years at Givenchy, has moved from cult status to obsession status: People want not only to wear his clothes, but also to read his mind. After earning esteem for his ready-to-wear (and have you seen those ads?), the designer has now come into his own for couture. Taking reference from the '70s for Spring/Summer '10, Tisci mixed masculine with oh-so feminine in a way only the Parisian-chic can achieve.
Take, for instance, the new Givenchy tuxedo jackets. A simple piece became striking when paired with ostrich-feather t-shirts (it's couture week, after all) and confidently loose but carefully tailored trousers. And evening wear? Tisci had everything a flamenco dancer could want, from billowing violet satin to intricate black lace. And there were even a few photograph-me-now pieces for the Gagas of the world: Think sheer-bodice jade-green playsuits with just enough sparkle for any fame monster. For those especially eager to catch the paparazzi on the street, Tisci was careful to include statement cylindrical hats - perfect for any impromptu photo op or carefully planned magazine editorial, of which we think there will be plenty in the future.
Anne Hathaway wore this futuristic cocktail dress to the Armani Prive couture show in Paris this week - and admitted after the show that she's considering some of the runway looks for upcoming red-carpet appearances.
Giorgio Armani rolled out a haute couture collection in Paris today that makes us feel like falling in love - and specifically, we'd like to fall in love under the night sky while wearing shimmering micro-organza in the type of cuts that make the futuristic trend seem sweet. The Armani Prive Spring/Summer '10 show, which drew front-row guests including Anne Hathaway and Tina Turner, referenced the moon in everything from crescent brooches to carefully sculpted jackets to sweeping peplum waists. And the most memorable piece of the collection? A hint of an evening dress, worn by Vlada Roslyakova, with a hazy organza "globe" as a cover.
A midnight-blue lame gown was one of the only hints of bold colour in Armani's collection, mostly based in cloudy white, pale pink, silver and black. Pantsuits clung to the body, some with minimal-Balmain-style shoulderpads, and others with orbs of fabric for sleeves. Detailing came in the form of sweeps and swirls of brocade, pearl-finish sequins and crystal embellishment. All of this, sent down a moon-river runway where liquid-effect textiles reflected just as many lunar beams as the reflective catwalk floor. So was it theme overkill? A man like Armani could never do such a thing.
Kanye West's on-again lady, Amber Rose, and Ciara both showed up for the Givenchy show at Paris couture week. Rose chose an all-black look with bright red lips, while Ciara opted for leather and Givenchy's distinctive tribal print from the Spring '10 collection.
Some people aren't surprising when they show in the front row at fashion week (Cate Blanchett, Lily Allen), but I still do a double take seeing Mickey Rourke there. So. Did 'The Wrestler' star look the part at today's John Paul Gaultier haute couture show in Paris?
Couture week is not the only fashion week having designers drop out. Menswear week for spring/summer 2010, held in Paris next month, has also been hit by the current economy. This morning WWD and The Cut confirmed that Yohji Yamamoto has definitely canceled his show due to the credit crunch and will follow the many designers this season that have turned to hosting a private presentation to reduce costs.