Armani, Dior, and Gaultier all had a flare for the dramatic in their runway shows. This included their makeup choices. My personal favorite of the couture shows was Gaultier’s red lips and exaggerated eyeliner. Armani had a lot of rich, deep colors going on (just like in the rest of the actual collection). Dior…well, Dior’s makeup had to be super bright and dramatic to compete with the huge gowns that the fashion house is known for in their couture shows. More pics after the jump!
Chanel and Valentino went for a very rosy makeup ensemble on the couture runways. Both shows featured “naturally” colored lips and rosy cheeks. If you look at the exact placement of the blush on the models’ faces, you’ll notice that it’s a little bit higher up then you’d expect. That’s how the makeup artists gave the models that “youthful” glow. I’m also loving the variation of the “cat eye” eyeliner that Chanel had going on. Chic.
Couture Spring 2011 Details: Armani, Dior, Gaultier
Here is the second installment of my favorite Detail shots from the Spring 2011 Couture runway shows. I’d like to add a small note here that I didn’t include many shots of Dior, because I prefer to look at those pieces as a whole. Enjoy!
Couture Spring 2011 Details: Chanel, Elie Saab, Valentino
This is just a collection of my favorite details from the Couture Spring 2011 runway shows. Well, this is the 1st installment. The second one will be up right after this one. Take the jump for more up close shots!
Louis Vuitton has done it again with the beautiful bag! This is one of the bags that will be released as part of the Antheia collection. As could be expected of Louis Vuitton, the bag will be crafted out of the finest lambskin leather.
Three Sizes: PM (13.8” x 11”), MM (15” x 12.6”), and GM (18.1” x 15.4”)
“Long face: Bangs diminish the length of a long face. Typically a long face has a high forehead and when bangs cover it, the face is shortened with an illusion of more width to the face. Longer bangs are best. They can be blunt for a stronger, trendier look or edges can be softened and unforced.
Oval face: An oval face can wear a bang that’s angled and shorter. A razored bang is the most feminine because it has flow and texture. Oval is considered the perfect face to wear all styles of bangs, which is why heavy bangs that curve down on the sides are perfect. You can also wear them supershort and right to the hairline for the edgiest of styles!
Round face: Bangs that are a little shorter in the middle give length to a round face making it appear more oval. Bangs can be airy and wispy so they show more forehead, which will also add length. An asymmetric bang is great too because it diverts the eye.
Heart face: A blunt bang, cut straight across just below the eyebrows will cover the forehead and soften a pointed chin. Because the forehead can be a bit wide on this face shape, asideswept fringe is ideal. Heart-shape faces also look great with choppy bangs that are long enough to push to one side for versatility.
Square face: This is the perfect face for a long, wispy, angled bang because it cuts thesquare dimension so the eye travels on a diagonal rather than horizontal. The shape of the face is flattered this way because it gives length to the face. A blunt bang would square off the face even more.”
Elie Saab’s frocks were covered in embellishment, creating a whimsy and romantic atmosphere. The pale pastel colors he implemented for a good portion of the collection really worked with both his vision and the trends for this year. Notice the floral? How about the neutrals? The just-sheer-enough fabrics? As a whole, this collection was very soft (right down to the hair and makeup), but Saab managed to switch it up with the purples and greens. I’m loving the diversity in the couture shows this year!
More Elie Saab after the jump! (Trust me, you’ll want to take the jump just for his finale look)
Jean Paul Gaultier’s inspiration for his new Couture collection? Punk. Yes, that’s right. Gaultier paraded a line of punk-inspired couture garments down the runway in Paris. Many were not expecting this show to turn out very well, because Gaultier had been running into a brick wall creatively. To put it simply, they were all floored. This collection was absolutely awesome! In fact, Gaultier’s giving Dior a run for its money as my personal favorite couture show.
From the mohawks to the fishnet hose to the studs and chains, I’m loving this.
For more punk-inspired fashion, follow me after the jump!
Valentino’s Couture show in Paris yesterday was full of sheer and light fabric that is perfect for Spring. The sheer fabric is what interested me most in this collection. While the colors were all similar to the other couture shows, the fabric set the clothes apart. Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri (the 2 designers at the head of this collection) crafted their garments in a way that allowed the sheer to reveal enough, but not too much. The designers used this balance as a conduit for elegance in their collection.
"If fashion is about today, then today it’s time to go back to elegance." - Pier Paolo Piccioli
For more elegance, take the jump!
p.s. Look for Glamification’s posts of the details and makeup from the Paris Couture shows soon!
“So: Forever 21’s workers earn minimum wage — if they can sew an entire vest every 55 seconds. The Changs meanwhile buy their daughters Chanel and educated them at prep schools and Ivy League colleges. And if one of their dresses or tops turns out to have been someone else’s idea first, well — the fat profits on all those vests make for lots of settlement money. Fast fashion, like a lot of things about the fashion industry, really isn’t very pretty underneath.”
This concluding paragraph sums up an article posted on Jezebel about Forever21. It made me seriously rethink buying from that store. Yes, buying cheaper versions of designer stuff is nice. But, once you factor in the mistreatment of workers and the copyright infringement…is it really worth it?
Alexis Mabille’s Couture collection is something different from all the others. For each of the garments he created, Mabille presented one in white and another in color. I found it interesting to consider which garment I preferred, the colorless or colorful one. Whether or not you think this idea was gimmicky or not (I lean towards not), you have to admit it was interesting to see.
I’ve included pictures of my favorite looks in both white and color after the jump.
Givenchy’s Couture collection was interesting to say the least. It was dramatic to say the least. The dresses were all composed mostly of muted nude and pastel tones…or so it seemed. When the models turned around, flashes of bright color were revealed. This is why I’ve included a few shots of the backs of the garments. Besides the huge samurai hats, that’s what makes this collection stand out.
Armani Prive’s Couture collection was a technicolor show to say the least. The collection was bursting at the seams with color (pun unintended). This collection was full or bright, shiny jewel tones instead of soft pastels and nudes.
Some things that really caught my eye were the accesories, especially this bracelet. It reminded me of CDs, which is something I’ve played around with when designed jewelry made out of recycled materials.
Chanel’s Spring 2011 Couture collection was absolutely breathtaking…and huge! There were around 66 looks in this collection, which blows all the other collections I’ve seen out of the water. Chanel reinforced the nude, pale pink, and floral trends for spring. However, Karl Lagerfeld broke away from the pack by throwing in the occasional splash of color (instead of making the whole thing a rainbow) and by giving his collection fairly simple silhouettes.
H&M is using the scrap pieces of fabric left over from its collaboration with Lanvin to launch another collection. The pieces in this collection are made entirely out of the leftover fabric from the previous collection. What an awesome idea! This way not a single piece of fabric is wasted.
The pieces shown will be available in a limited number of H&M stores.
When I first saw the pictures from Lanvin's Menswear runway show in Paris, I instantly thought of the traditional “spy” or “detective” look. I think this was because of all the slanted hats. This collection stood out amongst the others I leafed through, because there is a more diverse range of color. There were still a lot of neutrals, butLanvin seemed to dabble in the whites and browns more than other fashion houses.
Check out the rest of my favorites after the jump!
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Veronique Nichanian debuted her Fall 2011 collection for Hermes on the 22nd. This collection had an effortless air of luxuriance and elegance about it. If I had a sizable amount of money to drop on my man (I wish), I’d definitely make sure he had something from this collection. Loving it!
Yesterday, YSL showed it’s new menswear collection for Fall 2010. Overall there was plethora of skinny/straight-legged pants and well-structured suit jackets. What makes this collection stand out are the bursts of color and the rare loose-fitting jacket. Check out some pics from the runway after the jump!
So, Wide legged pants have come back for Spring/Summer 2011. These are some affordable options for what to do with them. It is always a good idea to have something more fitted on top when doing a looser bottom (or vice-versa).