The discovery of the Lascaux cave, in 1940, had a profound influence on the artists of the time. For Georges Bataille, it represented the dawn of the human race. The power with which animals are depicted (deer, horses, oxen) takes us back to the infancy of mankind and its relationship to nature, as well as the invention of art. In 1951, Christian Dior appropriated these rock paintings, making a print from them for his Ovale line, a form with allusions to primitive female depictions such as the Willendorf Venus. It is this wild and ancient femininity, linked to the magic of the earth, that guided Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the Dior women's collections, throughout the creation of her first cruise collection for the House.
Luca Litrico, one could see his passion towards his work in his eyes and his hands are a proof of his years of experience in men’s haute couture. Talking to him is like taking a beautiful trip to past, the days of style and elegance which made Italy a unique and recognisable country in the world. Seeing him creating his collections, a sense of appreciation emerges towards the uniqueness of Italian artisanal production. Yet seeing him travelling to various destinations of the globe in order to take measurements and tailor, one can easily conclude his affection towards his job. Luca grew up among spools of thread and scraps of fabric with much love and passion towards his profession.
Opening with a performance from Brooklyn-born star Nas, and staged in the landmark New York Public Library, the show is a personal love letter to the neighborhoods of New York. In a city where everyone is a stranger, where everyone is from somewhere else, neighborhoods are what make New York home. From the Bronx and Chelsea to Queens and the Upper East Side, neighborhoods help shape characters and create an identity.
For his second Couture collection presented at Westin hotel in Paris, Ziad Nakad offers his own vision of a universal garden where butterflies and flowers are the main symbols of his inspiration. Tradition and modernity combine to each silhouette giving the appearance of a sparkling bouquet of summer flowers.
Ermenegildo Zegna is one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics (2.3 million metres per year) and the largest menswear brand (600,000 sleeve units suits) in the world, producing suits for its own label as well as for world famous brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Dunhill and Tom Ford.
The Borean Mario was founded in the 70's and it specializes in the manufacture of clothing. The company produces haute couture dresses for the most important national and international brands.
Riccardo Tisci is an Italian fashion designer, born in Taranto, Italy, in 1974. He is Creative Director for Givenchy Women's haute couture and ready-to-wear lines since 2005, and Menswear and accessories designer of the Givenchy Men's division since 2008.
For its 32nd edition taking place this January 19th and 20th, Première Vision New York marks a new stage in its evolution. Already known for its premium offer of fabrics, accessories and textile designs, the show now broadens to include leather and manufacturing. The event, already the North American market leader, thus becomes a unique destination for buyers to develop collections, now bringing five activity sectors together under one roof.
Modern, contemporary and elegantly sophisticated Langner's short cocktail dresses and evening gowns standout from the crowd for any special occasions. Peter Langner never loses his touch nor surrenders quality in his designs; always in style but never trendy.
Brioni is a menswear couture house owned by French holding company Kering. Founded in Rome in 1945, it is known for its made-to-measure men's suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections and leather goods. Throughout its history, the company has invented concepts such as the men's runway show, the trunk show, and the ready-to-wear Haute Couture. It has been a point of reference for the entertainment, institutional and business worlds.
Edwin Oudshoorn (1980) is a Dutch craftsman and artist, who 'speaks the language of fashion' and 'translates his love for life into multi faceted collections'. The womenswear designer offers romantic pieces in fairy-tale-like silhouettes, sequins, tulle, wool and silk. Edwin's main inspiration is woman's body with its curves and he makes clothes, that emphasize them.
Designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl have once again found inspiration in a floral element of nature: the iris, a delicate and striking blossom that combines mystic and earthly qualities and is symbolic of creativity and true love. Named after the eponymous Greek goddess, the personification of the rainbow, it has myriad facets. But in its purest elemental form, a white blossom, it serves as the recurring theme of the new Bridal Couture collection by Kaviar Gauche.
Designer Esther Noriega presents TEMPO - Spring Summer 2016 Collection, inspired by the Muses of Music
TEMPO is a collection in movement markedly feminine, a collection that confronts adagio with allegro. A slow tempo, sensual, pulsating, a lively tempo, energetic and cheerful. The nuance of the collection pumps up the volume, without fanfare, piano or forte, and hence the woman moves to the beat of a fashion sonata. The melody is executed with defined and resounding fashion trends, merging with a cut that recreates the classicism of couture and results in a defined style that harmonizes femininity and defines the aesthetic dialogue of the designer from Valladolid, Esther Noriega.
For Fall 2015, Herve Leger by Max Azria draws its inspiration from the magnificent basilica de la sagrada famlia by Antoni Gaudi. One of the most outstanding figures of the Catalan culture, Gaudi developed a highly expressive language of his own and a body work that speaks directly to the senses. The collection journeys through the symbolism captured in three of the Basilica's facades and its outstanding stained glass windows: nativity, passion and glory, which signify the concepts of birth, sacrifice and toil in human nature.
Rising design star Anniesa Hasibuan will make her debut at Couture Fashion Week New York with the presentation of her latest collection at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in the heart of the city.
Couture fashion designer Evgenia Luzhina will present her latest collection entitled “Nostalgia” during the upcoming Couture Fashion Week New York. A returning favorite designer at the event, Ms. Luzhina’s fashion show will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 12, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. The show will include live music by award-winning musician and composer Serge Khrichenko.
Elie Saab Fall-Winter 2015/2016 haute couture collection offers sense of Byzantine, Ancient Greece and Egyptian elegance with its antic gold chaplets, bracelets and earrings.
A renewed interpretation of Ralph & Russo's romantic sensibility is unleashed for Autumn/Winter 2015-2016, manifesting in sensual femininity and sexy sophistication. The collection is spectacle of love-laden wonders; a tour de force of elaborate design and labour-intensive artistry.
Provocative evening gowns, bright pastel colors, chic V-neck tops, skinny trousers, 70s style short dresses combined with tall boots, autumnal floral and leaf patterns, fine lace, a sense of luxury - you can find all this and much more in Atelier Versace Fall-Winter 2015/2016 collection.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented an all-about-Rome haute couture collection for the upcoming cold season at Piazza di Spagna, Rome. The fairy tale gowns are like a poem about the Eternal City in chiffon, silk, organza, tulle and velvet.
Fendi debuts at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with Silver Moon, its first Haute Fourrure Collection, presenting incredible luxurious furs, the ultimate expression of the Maison’s highest creativity and craftsmanship in fur since 1925.
All shades of gray, from pale pearl to brilliant silver, platinum and haematite: this is the leitmotiv of the Renato Balestra Haute Couture collection for Fall-Winter 2015-2016.
Road to Rio 2016 greets and welcomes the next Olympic Games that will take place in Rio de Janeiro. Their program presents 28 different types of sports for a total of 42 disciplines. The research project on which the Haute Couture collection presented by the 3rd year Koefia Academy students for their Final Work 2015 is based, focuses in fact on the concept of Sport, a theme loved by all international fashion designers.
For what would be glamour if not the art of transforming women into beings of light? In a tribute to Lola-Lola, the mythical character of 'The Blue Angel' movie, this collection tips its hat off to the famous costume makers of the great American cinema and Paramount, Gilbert Adrian, Jean Louis, Orry Kelly.
Not a single muse but an impresice picture as a souvenir: a perfume, a step of long legs drawn by the silk clothes made to live in a film like a diva. On the catwalk, thousand versions of a world that is coming back, of the couture and it seems to find in any outfit the sign of contemporary nostalgia for the exaltation of feminine beauty.
This collection was inspired by the Tudors and dedicated to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth for her ninetieth birthday: an homage to a monarch who, in the 20th and 21st century has been an example of great style, elegance, civility, discretion and extraordinary balance.
The garden of earthly delights: a vision of innocence and experience, simplicity and luxury, beauty and decadence through the eyes of Flemish and French masters of both art and craft. In the Autumn-Winter Haute Couture collection, Raf Simons, Artistic Director of Christian Dior, looks to the Old Masters of Flemish painting and to the artisanal masters of haute couture to provide a synthesis of historical form, technique and artistic gesture to arrive at the point of today.
Tuvana Büyükçınar Demir returned to the Grand Bazaar, where she began her design journey, with a breathtaking fashion show that presented her first haute couture collection - Golden Bazaar - for the Fall-Winter 2015/2016 season.
'On view, two key material trends for Spring-Summer 2016, this season woven materials trade in established constructions for intriguingly fresh variations that appeal with a creative tactility. We see two versatile key styles emerge in the form of sophisticated Couture Craft Weave and layered 3D Self Texture translation.'
Isabel Zapardiez is a very versatile designer which has its main distinguishing in Bridal design. Her career has always developed under her own brand. First in Pret a Porter collections and latter in Haute Couture for brides, a professional turn that began in 2002, when she opened her first workshop in San Sebastián-Donostia.
Martin Katz is renowned for his exquisite taste and an unparalleled eye for transforming stones into artistic creations. He founded his eponymous company in 1988. The company, Martin Katz, Ltd quickly gained international prominence with a clientele that includes Forbes 400 business leaders, US Ambassadors and other individuals of affluence with a collector's spirit.
Suneet Varma is one of the India's foremost couturiers, who has studied in Europe and has worked with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France.
Journalists in Rome call him 'the Bulgarian adopted by the Italian haute couture'. He defines himself as an Italian designer born in Bulgaria. But today when fashion gets more and more international, this is not so important. The style, consistency and talent are the significant things. And Ivan Donev has all of them.
On 26th of February, during the Milan Fashion Week, Meissen Couture presented the new Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection in its Milan headquarter: the wonderful Villa Meissen, in Via Monte Napoleone 3.
Beverly Hills, CA, February 22, 2015: The Two Broke Girls lead actress, Kat Dennings stepped out in a Hunter Green Couture Gemy Maalouf Fall-Winter 2015/2016 Gown to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Last week in France, French designer Arnaud Maillard and Spanish designer Alvaro Castejón presented their Spring-Summer 2015 collection for Loris Azzaro Couture fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week (January 25-29, 2015).
'I design and create in order to expose a woman's contradictory personality - She seduces with her discreet allure while at the same time through her innate sensuality, shows us her ability to rule through silent presence. The woman should be at the same time angelic and feel absolutely seductive', says Georges Chakra.
Collection Zuhair Murad Couture Spring-Summer 2015 offeres: a variety of styles, lenghts and proportions, girly short dresses, feminine floor-length evening gowns, thigh-high slits, shimmering jackets, crystals and sequins, flowers and 3D appliqués, colorless transparent materials.
Italian Antonio Grimaldi also was among the designers, who presented their Spring-Summer 2015 haute couture collections in Italy, during the AltaRomaAltaModa fashion week in Rome (January 30 - February 2, 2015).
Italian designer Raffaella Curiel (R) and her daughter Gigliola Curiel (L) are the faces behind the luxury Italian label Curiel Couture, whose Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection was presented in Italy during the AltaRomaAltaModa fashion week in Rome (January 30 - February 2, 2015).
'These memories and Beirut were the steppingstone of my passion for design. It was these things, along with the courage, the grace and the elegance of the women of my city that influenced the person I am today. And if there were to be a message behind my couture collection, it would be: thank you', said Elie Saab for his Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection.
Luxury fashion house Valentino was among the labels, which presented their Haute Couture collections in France, during the Paris Fashion Week (January 25-29, 2015). The message of the collection is: mankind can embrace the true meaning of life only through a rediscovery of love.
Brazilian designer Gustavo Lins also presented his Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection for Atelier Gustavolins during the Paris Fashion Week (January 25-29, 2015).
Today (January 27, 2015) during the Paris Fashion Week (January 25-29, 2015), German designer Karl Lagerfeld presented his Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection for Chanel fashion house.
During the Couture Fashion Week New York, which will be held in New York City, USA, February 13-15, 2015, another Indonesian designer will show his talent. This is Barli Asmara, whom runway show is at 4:00 pm on Saturday February 14, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square.
Johanna Kühl and Alexandra Fischer-Roehler of Kaviar Gauche are placing the focus of their coming collection on gracefully romantic couture with elements from an eveningwear and bridal context. In order to express the concept of a sensual image of woman as a divine creature, the designers were inspired by the female form in Greek mythology. “Les Oreades”, the painting in the Musée D’Orsay by French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, exerted a strong fascination on the designers as a source of inspiration for the legends of immortal feminine deities.
Indonesian designer Zaskia Sungkar will present her latest collection called 'Mandalika', inspired by the grace and beauty of Princess Mandalika, a mythical character from legends told in Nusa Tenggara Barat, a province in Indonesia.
Award-wining designer Luis Machicao will present his latest collection during CFWNY for fifth time at 6:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.
Indianapolis-based designer Berny Martin will be part of this year's edition (February 13-15, 2015) of Couture Fashion Week in New York City, USA. The fashion show will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday February 13, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway.
After we've made an overview of Valentino Fall-Winter 2014/2015 womenswear collection, let's take a look at Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's offers for gentlemen, presented at Paris Men's Fashion Week.
'A sense of relaxation prevails, volumes are soft while patchwork and intarsia are tactile and spectacular. Classic materials come in masculine colors, such as indigo blue, gray, camel and felt', said from the brand.
Seven are the exclusive models that comprise the Haute Couture Collection by ALFREDO VILLALBA SS 14, the luxury brand Made in Spain that redefines the aesthetic concepts related to Haute Couture. Seven unique dresses, fashion jewels inspired by a floral metalica.
The fastest white woman in the world Ivet Lalova got married to her longtime boyfriend - the world famous athlete Simone Collio.
The ceremony was held in Rieti, Italy on September 21, 2013 with many guests from Bulgarian and world sports highlife.
The bride was amazing in a dress of Italian fashion label 'Atelier Aimee' - represented in Bulgaria by 'Bridal Fashion'.
On 27-28 May 2013 the port city Karachi became home to Pakistan's first-ever Men's Fashion Week.
In Pakistani society in their everyday life, most men wear shalwar kamiz - a combination of long shirts and loose trousers.
But Karachi Fashion Week 2013 tried to buck that trend with two days of shows dedicated exclusively to men's fashion and emerging male designers.
On Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, were shown famous designers’ most breathtaking creations during the Costume Institute Gala exhibition "PUNK: Chaos to Couture". The annual event was co-chaired this year by Rooney Mara and Beyoncé, who was glamorous on the red carpet with long dress in black and flamy orange!
The absolute highlight on the penultimate day of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was Iris van Herpen’s show in the venue at the Brandenburg Gate, presented by Mercedes-Benz and ELLE. The Dutch designer, already a rising star in her native land and one of the most celebrated performers at the Paris haute couture fashion shows, presented a true firework of originality and avant-garde beauty.
The Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2011 began yesterday. It will continue 4 days. Most interesting during the first day was the Christian Dior fashion show.
This time when creating his collection for Dior, John Galliano was inspired by the work of Rene Gruau - a famous artist-illustrator.
Tight jackets, magnificent shoulders, deep necklines and tailored skirts to the knee were the center of the collection with 1950s flavour. Galliano went all-out for volume, enveloping his models in layers of tulle as they flowed down the runway.
Pakistan’s very first Bridal Couture Week being held in the thriving, 9 million city of Lahore from November 26 to 28.
Lahore, the second largest Pakistani city, which lies on the border with India, is considered the cultural capital of the conservative Pakistan. The three-day event showcased designers, including Muzaffar Ali, Nilofer Shahid, Amina Ajmal, Mehdi, Hoorain.
French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier presented his first haute couture collection in Russia at a Moscow's Kazansky train station.
At the show attended many Russian celebrities – actors, pop stars, as well as fashion designers. Gaultier opened his first boutique in the centre of Moscow in 2005. He was surprised by the pace of change the city had seen since then.
On 25 January 2010 during Paris Fashion Week was showcased the Spring-Summer 2010 High Fashion collection of the French fashion designer John Galliano for Dior.
With its Haute couture collection of refined riding clothes, Dior invited the chic women of the world to saddle up and ditch their handbags for a truly useful accessory: the riding crop. Kylie Minogue, one of a gaggle of A-list guests, said she was sure such an accessory could come in handy.
Participating in Paris Fashion Week, the Spring/Summer 2010 Couture show of Lebanese designer Georges Chakra was held on January 25, 2010 in Paris, at L'École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts.
Drawing inspiration from nature's beauty, Chakra's collection treads the fine line between reality and fantasy, while staying true to the feminity of women.
A collection of forty three dresses was presented characterized by varying geometric lines, contemporary designs, contrasting hues combined with delicate necklines and asymmetrical cuts.
The singer - clad in a vintage black lace cone-bra dress from the
designer - was in the crowd at Paris Couture Week for the golden age of
Hollywood-inspired show from the man who will co-style her forthcoming
North American tour.
Models were made up in the style of classic screen sirens including Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth, and took to the catwalk to music punctuated by dialogue clips and film soundtracks of the era.
The range included trench coasts, pinstripe trouser suits, tight corsets, lacy bodices fur coats, mink-trimmed tailored suits and lavish velvet gowns
Givenchy Haute Couture designer Riccardo Tisci made the outfit Madonna
wears in the opening act of the second leg of her 'Sticky and Sweet'
world tour - which kicked off in London on Saturday (04.07.09) - and was
determined to make her look as electrifying as possible.
He said: "The new costume is super couture, sensual, Goth, bondage.
"What I wanted for the opening was to give a very iconic view of Madonna. She's wearing an outfit that will make history. I wanted to do something even stronger than what he designed for her in the tour's first leg because she wants to be stronger."