Tuesday July 19 2011.


The Haute Couture (French for ‘High Sewing’) Collections are now synonymous with both the sublime and the ridiculous yet remain the focal point in any fashionista’s calendar.  This month some of the biggest names in High Fashion showcased their Autumn/Winter collections and the key trends seemed to fall into two overarching camps the very delicate versus exaggerated structures.  

Of course my main interest, since my sister and I were small and our mother gave us her fashion magazines, are the finale wedding dresses.  Bijou brides these awe inspiring, utterly OTT and incredibly desirable gowns sache down the runway and make my jaw drop.  Take a look yourself but be warned they are known to cause childlike daydreaming…

Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2011/12

The first collection in 15 years without John Galliano at the helm.  In my opinion new Creative Director Bill Gattyen did a marvellous job with a collection of larger than life gowns.  

Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2011/12

I adore the oversized ruffle shoulders and molten gold belt. 

Chanel Couture Autumn/Winter 2011/12

Expect the Watteau style train (falls from the shoulders) to make a comeback.  However I can’t see the feather boa hat taking off!

Valentino Autumn/Winter 2011/12

A new way to wear a veil, tie it around your neck.

Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2011/12

I simply couldn’t pick one, all are stunning! Great to see the return of Stella Tennant.

Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2011/12

If I were famous (if only!) Elie Saab would be my go to designer for red carpet wow factor.  Saab’s haute couture gowns seemed to be inspired by ethereal beauty, models floated down the catwalk amongst swathes of chiffon and a touch of fairy dust.