Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Vol. 1

The much anticipated Spring 2013 Couture season has just begun, with Atelier Versace, Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli showing the way.

Text: Christina Zikou


The most fashionable Parisian week debuted on Sunday with the Atelier Versace exploring the relationship between solid structures and ethereal fabrics. Donatella Versace sent out a stylish fleet of models walking down the catwalk in sharp suits, furs and metallics. For this collection, she took inspiration in the architectural splendour of glass domes, where the fragility of glass contrasts with the strength of iron and steel beams. Take a look at Atelier Versace outfits, featuring unconventional tailoring associated to sequins, bling and neon.


The fashion fairy-tale continued on Monday, in a recreated garden in the Tuileries, where Raf Simons presented his second haute couture collection for Dior. Models appeared from underneath the white set and started wandering around skeletal trees, wearing magnificent plain dresses, airy full skirts, as well as tuxedos. The color palette of the show was mostly spring-hued and mid-summer, while silk, organza, embroidery and beadwork enlightened this blossoming experience which ended with five wedding haute couture creations.


Giambattista Valli’s show was the last but not least to Monday’s parade. After having presented his first haute couture collection in May 2011 as an invited member to Paris haute couture Fall/Winter 2011-2012, Valli was officially recognized as a designer of haute couture by the Commission de Classement Couture Création and presented his second collection in January 2011. For this collection, he showcased once more his considerable talents as a draper, with his finely tailored creations undulating away from the body. A chic scenery featuring dominating volumes, embracing black, white, yellow, pale pink and white shades and cherishing layers of lace.

Stay tuned, more Parisian Haute Couture episodes are coming up!


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