Couture week is the pinnacle of all fashion events. And I love it. The one-of-kind, handmade pieces are the results of thousands of hours of hard work, and it shows. So much credit is due to the masterful ateliers who craft these collections. I mean, Karl Lagerfeld didn’t send two shows down runways by himself.
Unlike ready-to-wear collections, these collections offer designers the chance to invest time and money into luxurious looks I’ll never ever have the chance to wear. So I admire it all from afar. Indulge me right now and pour over my findings.
These boots are made for strutting
Guys. Statement boots aren’t going anywhere. If you haven’t yet invested in a pair — or three — you still have time and so. many. options. In the coming seasons we’ll be pairing metallic, star spangled, blue velvet, and floral embroidered booties with everything and I’m totally here for it.
We’ll all be seeing (and wearing) red
Red is one color conspicuously absent from my wardrobe, but designers have never been shy about sending it down the runway (looking at you, Valentino). Maybe it’s the color’s association with luxury and glamour that makes it feel over-the-top for everyday, but if the couture shows are any indication, we’re all about to make rich reds a wardrobe staple. And not just at Christmas.
The theme of the week was Ready-to-Wear?
More than one fashion label opted to show RTW or Resort collections in a week traditionally set aside for haute couture. The move might just be a strategic one to put collections in front of buyers earlier, but even couture collections were remarkably pret-a-porter by most standards. Classic silhouettes, muted and monochromatic color palettes, and playful street wear were in abundance.
Femininity reigns supreme
This isn’t a surprise. Couture week is after all a confluence of the finest techniques and most laborious handy work, which more often than not bring to life sweet appliques, diaphanous gowns, and lust-worthy laces. The sum of these evokes an enchanting feminine quality. This couture week did not let us down — Elie Saab, Fendi, Zuhair Murad, Rodarte, and Giambattista Valli all sent frothy, ornamental collections down runways that played like a dream sequence.
But other labels packed girl-power-punch in less ostensible ways. Dior’s show could just as easily have played out in 1940s Paris with looks that nodded to female icons like Amelia Earhart. For Proenza Schuler’s European debut, the New York design duo recruited French ateliers to add couture details to the ready-to-wear collection. Described as a “commitment to beauty,” the show breathed modern life into conventionally feminine details — nipped-in waistlines, lace, florals, and ruffles.
Bonus: Kendall Jenner is a still a queen