Couture Runway 2013 – The Fashion Crushes, Flushes and Inspirations For Your Couture Indian Wedding Gowns

Couture Runway 2013 – The Fashion Crushes, Flushes and Inspirations For Your Couture Indian Wedding Gowns

Paris Fashion Week wrapped with the Couture Shows last week and ever your dutiful Fitch, I?ve poured through hundreds of images (eyes still boggling) to dissect the collections for your pleasure. In this post I give round-up of the collections; the looks I “crush”; the unfortunate ones I’d “flush” and my suggestions as to what you should be taking from them as inspiration for your own Couture Indian wedding gowns.

But first some good news: Whilst we love the extravagance and drama we usually associate with traditional Couture shows, this season, the Couturiers for the big fashion houses, are at last working out a way to make couture relevant (fashion speak for “wearable”) in a modern world. Sacrificing a little bling and instead concentrating on the ?unseen?. Yay!!! This is what I?ve been banging on about with Indian Couture. Whilst the razzle dazzle is important, it?s not all about what?s on the outside. To truly appreciate couture you have to understand how well a garment is constructed and give credit to the layers of work that go into hand toiling a couture garment.

So if you have your Indian bridal-fashion scrapbooks at the ready: here are my fashion crushes, flushes and inspirations for your Couture Indian wedding gowns…

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ARMANI PRIV?

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The nude palette, fluid silks, wispy laces and every surface iridescent; this collection oozes subtle sophistication. For me the collection travels between 1920?s Shanghai and Paris in the 1980?s. There?s so much to crush on here, the flowing wide-leg trousers, the beautifully tailored jackets, the effortless gowns.

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Fashion flush

The pessimist in me tried, but couldn?t find one.

Fashion crush?

Call me a blingbo if you must, but this sliver and nude hued (it?s poetry) easy pant suit is exquisite!

Inspiration for your Couture Indian wedding gowns

There?s loads to take away from this collection. In particular, how a little sharp tailoring can transform a designer Indian bridal wear into a couture statement.

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CHANEL

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Have to say, on the surface, not my favourite Chanel collection. The post-apocalyptic Vs futuristic set excited me more than the clothes. That may because the photographs don’t pick up on the intricate fabric or quality of the construction. But still, on the whole the silhouettes didn?t inspire me. And the drop waist dresses and wide patent belts, would look wrong on anyone who doesn’t share Lagerfeld’s usually boyish frame.

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Fashion crush and fashion flush in one!

Whilst I can?t say I really crushed on any of the designs, I did love the embellishment on this dress. Just the sheer man-hours that go into hand sewing the hundreds of thousands of tiny fabric petals to create such a piece are awesome. If only it hadn?t been ruined by the ugly black criss-crossing, which I can only assume is supposed to represent the famous Chanel quilt design. Shame.

 

 

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Inspiration for your couture Indian wedding gowns

?In addition to traditional embroidery, consider using modern appliqu? techniques and fabric manipulation to add further dimensions your Couture bridal lenghas. Remember, it?s the depth of the design and detail which will set your couture Indian bridal gowns apart.

DIOR

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?A departure from classic Couture, Raf Simons presented a very modern collection drawing on inspiration from the Far East and Africa. I?m sure that this particular collection will be much debated for it?s Couture authenticity, but I thought it was genius.

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Fashion flush

With the exception of this number, it?s an unflattering shape made worse by the boxy design. It?s a shame, looks as though a lot of work has gone into the detailed fabric.

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Fashion crush

What I?ve labelled the ?Maasai dress?. The inspiration behind it is clear without it being a costume. The hounds-tooth print in place of a tribal print is brilliant. The asymmetric draping looks effortless. And everyone knows I love a flash of midriff, especially when framed by a couture Dior dress.

Inspiration for your couture Indian wedding gowns

The asymmetric drape and layering of print with block colour adds layers to the design. Definitely something to bear in mind when having your Couture Indian bridal dress designed.

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ELIE SAAB

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?I always look forward to see what the master of embellishment is going to offer up, but this season I was a little disappointed. ?Not because his collection wasn?t beautiful, it definitely was! I was just expecting something new, instead I got a toned down version of his previous couture collections. All the hallmarks were there, the shine and illumination that comes with his heavily beaded creations. But this time he really reined it in, with simple cuts and sticking to tried and tested embellishment. I could understand if, as the other fashion houses, he wants to make his Couture more accessible. But the destination of most Ellie Saab Couture is the red carpet, so he can afford to amp it up. We look forward to it!

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Fashion flush

Unfortunately I?d have to say the wedding dress finale. Don?t get me wrong, the embellishment is impressive. I just feel like the silhouette was a bit lacklustre; so it was up to the beading alone to create impact. Unfortunately that?s my pet peeve. I would?ve liked Saab to let loose and gone full on for on the finale.

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Fashion crush

A simple cut, but paired with a beautiful nude colour and just the right amount of embroidery. Perfect vintage glamour.

Inspiration for your couture Indian wedding gowns

To be honest the inspiration to take away from this collection would be to not rely on embroidery alone to make your couture Indian wedding lenghas or bridal sarees stand out.

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

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Valli produced a more traditional couture collection, in his signature, uber-feminine style. Many of the airy designs look like they could practically flounce down the runway themselves, based on the masses of ruffles, flowers, layers, laces and bows. He also throws in a few sleeker silhouettes, offering up a more streamlined femininity.

Fashion flush

This dress is just the wrong side of saccharine for me. And I don?t think the proportions work well with the poufy skirt.

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Fashion crush

I love this dress! It has so much going on: The tailored tuxedo style bodice with the frou-frou skirt; the monotone print and textured, two-toned underskirt.

Inspiration for your couture Indian wedding gowns

Keep this dress in mind as a perfect example of how to build up layers of design. All the elements work together to create a seamless masterpiece that?s interesting from every angle. The same principles should be applied to designing your couture Indian wedding outifts.

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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He obviously didn?t get the memo about making Couture more accessible. Or more likely he did and this is as much restraint as he could muster. His signatures were all still there, the fantasy, the dram-glam, but just a little less of them. He still managed, as always, to have fun with his fashion.

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Fashion Flush

The pink panther theme taken a little too literally.

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Fashion Crush

These green velvet trousers would definitely liven up my wardrobe.

Inspiration for your couture Indian Wedding Gowns

Couture is all about fantasy and Gaultier reminds us of that. When designing couture Indian wedding outfits, it?s important not to box yourself in, but let your imagination reign free and have fun with it.

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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

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This was definitely a progressive approach to couture. The collection seemed to be inspired by the Far East. The rubber pieces (that?s right rubber) smacked of modern Japanese fashion sensibility and the gowns featuring Chinoiserie embroidery spoke to the history of the region. (A lot of time travel this season!)

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Fashion Flush

Not a big fan of the deconstructed gowns- unlike the rest of the collection they?re not practical and for me the jeans don?t work.

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Fashion Crush

Love this fully embroidered dressing gown-wrap dress. It?s old-world glamour brought up-to-date and would be amazing as a red carpet dress.

Inspiration for your own couture Indian Wedding Gowns

Also loved this head piece, it?s a good example of how to build-up embroidery on your bridal sarees or wedding lenghas to add depth and makes you realise that Indian embroidery doesn?t have to be one dimensional.

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VALENTINO

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This isn?t just a couture collection, this is a schooling in classic Italian chic. As you?d expect there?s sophisticated cuts with precision tailoring, fabrics so sumptuous the quality practically seeps through the screen and a baroque theme that brings just a touch of romance. These clothes are made for the woman I want to be. My favourite of this season?s couture collections.

Fashion Flush

Another faultless collection, sorry guys!

Fashion Crush

Really hard to pick just one. This number is definitely one of my favourites. I love the length, the simple yet beautifully tailored shape and the intricate embellishment, and it?s totally wearable. But in all honesty I want them all!!!

Inspiration for your own Couture Indian Wedding Gowns

I love the baroque theme. It?s a design influence that lends itself really well to Indian embroidery and when it?s applied to luxury fabrics like velvet, silk satin or cashmere, it has the ability to make a Couture Indian bridal dress look like it was made for Rajasthani royalty.

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VERSACE

I?ll be honest, I?m not a fan. I find Donatella?s style a little crude and not what I want in couture. Unfortunately this collection didn?t change my mind. There?s a little too much skin and not much substance.

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Fashion Flush

Definitely the black onesie with the sheer panel at the front and the strapless black number with curve cut-out. Neither of these would look a miss on next seasons dancing on ice- eek, I said it!

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Fashion Crush

At a stretch I?d say the teal coloured full length dress, though I?d probably fasten it a tad higher on the neckline. Otherwise it?s a classic shape and looks well made.

Inspiration for your own Couture Indian Wedding Gowns

The lesson here is less is more when it comes to skin and bling.

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There are a few more Couture collections that I haven?t gotten round to just yet, but I will update you soon. Click here to read more on couture Indian wedding gowns and bridal wear.

 

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