Saturday, February 1, 2014

Paris Haute Couture: Spring 2014.

Dior and Chanel made youth their central focus with freeing and incredibly delicate light collections for Spring 2014 that saw trainers on the couture catwalk. Hussein Chalayn made his debut at the house of Vionnet while Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Giambattista Valli stayed true to form with their floral, fairy tale collections that were nothing short of breathtaking. These are some of the trends Paris Haute Couture has in store for Spring 2014.

Embroidery. While Valentino went a different route for embroidery with animal faces and jungle themes, Giambattista Valli, Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab piled lots of flowers and sequins on red carpet worthy gowns.

From L-R: Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Armani Price, Zuhair Murad and Valentino

Peplum. Given the abundance of peplum all over the couture collections, this trend is holding strong for spring 2014.

From L-R: Alexis Mabille, Elie Saab, Ralph & Russo, Giambattista Valli and Zuhair Murad

Sheer. From sheer sleeves to skirts, it was a game of peek-a-boo in most couture runways with a lot of sheer collections.

From L-R: Stephane Rolland, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ralph & Russo and Elie Saab

Fringing. Strewn with jewels like at Chanel or falling in a froth at Jean Paul Gaultier, fringing added the frilly touch to couture collections.

From L-R: Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel, Alexandre Vauthier, Ulyana Sergeenko and Jean Paul Gaultier

Stripes. Stripes were the focal point for the Oscar Carvallo couture collection but with a sprinkling at  Armani Prive and Vionnet, stripes maintain their stance on the trends for spring 2014.

From L-R: Ulyana Sergeenko, Maison Martin Margiela, Oscar Carvallo, Vionnet and Armani Prive

Pleats. One of the biggest trends for spring 2014, it was a pleat fest for Schiaparelli, Alexis Mabille and Oscar Carvallo.

From L-R: Vionnet, Alexis Mabille, Armani Prive, Schiaparelli and Oscar Carvallo

Lace. The yards of lace that dominated couture catwalks were the basis for the stand out 50s glamor feel for couture spring 2014.
From L-R: Elie Saab, Valentino, Armani Prive, Zuhair Murad and Ralph & Russo

 Grecian. Draping came in the form of grecian cut gowns and for Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier and Ralph & Russo.

From L-R: Ralph & Russo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier, Elie Saab and Stephane Rolland

 Embellishment. Heavily embellished gowns in a rainbow of pastel hues were studies in opulence at Versace, Armani Prive and Chanel.

From L-R: Versace Atelier, Zuhair Murad, Armani Prive, Chanel and Ralph & Russo

Ruffles. Ruffles added a surreal touch to gorgeous gowns and little cocktail dresses at Dior, Zuhair Murad,  and Stephane Rolland.

From L-R: Jean Paul Gaultier, Zuhair Murad, Stephane Rolland, Oscar Carvallo and Chistian Dior

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