The Best Looks from Fall 2018 Couture Week
From July 1 to July 5, top designers released their couture collections on the runway; below are my favorite picks from the week!
Galliano exemplifies detail with his colorful couture collection, using innovative fabrics and elaborate stitching, which was a focus in every piece. The outerwear pieces are unforgettable with the patterns and textures, showing how the designer is exploring new trends and is ready to make a statement this autumn season. Tip: Margiela includes textures such as feathers and belts, which you can purchase at M&J for your own collection!
Chanel’s couture always is mind-blowing, right down to every bead sewn on to their signature tweed blazers. Lagerfeld used the signature Chanel tweed to create other silhouettes that are embellished to express even more of a luxury look. The buttons on the long coats also add the perfect amount of detail to the signature pieces, making the garments unique without overdoing it. Use beaded appliqués on your designs to recreate this unforgettable look just like Karl Lagerfeld!
Waight Keller, creative director of Givenchy, constructed a collection to honor Givenchy’s passing focusing on spin off’s of his original “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” inspired designs. The collection consists of black and white base pieces with pops of color from different textures. Givenchy modernized their designs, but stuck with the seasons popular use of beading and feathers, as well as fabrics such as velvet and satin.
I have never been so invested in an Elie Saab collection before this one. Just like any woman, I am dumbfounded by long, gorgeous evening gowns, which is the epitome of this show. The embellishments over the sheer fabrics made the dresses pop, as well as the large appliqués that accented the designs. The crystals that were sewn on individually were definitely easy on the eyes as well. I recommend adding crystals to anything you want to spice up, using the garments from this show as inspiration!
While I am a fan of over the top haute couture, I think Dior’s subdued approach looked beautiful. The color palette was quite soft, and the tone of the collection was more serious than playful, which is perfect to contrast the other collections and make it stand out in a different way. The elaborate designs make up for the lack of embellishment, as seen above in the sleeves of the green coat. The plunging neckline in my favorite navy piece gives the dress enough shape that fancy fabric would potentially have made the garment too flashy. The basic fabrics and colors may not seem like traditional couture, Dior definitely hit hard with this collection.
The Valentino show was the last of the Haute Couture week this year and I understand why: the best was saved for last. Valentino hasn’t always been my favorite designer, but this collection immediately peaked my interest and rethink my opinion because it is the definition of couture. Pierpaolo Piccioli chose colorful fabrics, elaborate designs, AND lavish trims to create the perfect runway collection. My favorite piece was the last because of the bright mustard color paired with the larger-than-life dress design. If you’re new to haute couture, check out the Valentino show to get the all around effect.