The Fall 2014 Couture shows have just finished, and there is no dress like a couture dress, so here are my top 10 couture dresses for Fall 2014/15…
There is something incredibly sexy about this dress – it reveals a lot without showing us too much and leaves you wanting more. It is interesting, intricate, and very well thought-out. It seems to harness the sheer trend of the season beautifully, grabbing your attention without resorting to unnecessary nudity.
It was the quilted red layer that really caught my eye on this dress. The colour is sublime and the way that the quilted fabric seems to fold and undulate whilst still being thick and architectural is wonderful. The cream underskirt sets of the red perfectly and the simplicity of the cut really lets the quilted layer shine.
There is a hint of the late 80s/early 90s about this dress (a bit tiny bit of a ‘Back to the Future Part 2’ flashback perhaps?), but in a really good way. I love the colour combination of silver and white in general, and the addition of black makes the white more stark and the silver more sparkly. The use of the sharply angled panels on the bodice counteracts the softly billowing skirt and creates a perfect balance in this gorgeous Versace gown.
On the whole I am not really enjoying what Karl Lagerfeld is doing with Chanel at the moment – couture or RTW. Not to say that it is wrong or not brilliant, it just isn’t my style. Having said that, this white and silver dress is lovely. It is simple and chic and so very wearable on so many levels. It harks back to Coco Chanel’s approach to dressing, which I think is what I like the most about it.
Despite his unfortunate views on world history and such, I am still mourning the loss of John Galliano from the House of Dior. Particularly in couture. I’m not saying Raf isn’t doing a great job, he is, but he doesn’t have that over-the-top exuberance that I used to love about Dior couture. Having said that, I do love the simplicity of this LBD from the latest show. The oversized collar is fabulous, and the dress seems to know that it’s so chic, it doesn’t need anything else.
If you have read my Top 10 posts before, you will no doubt be aware that I LOVE Elie Saab, and to be honest I could have put his whole 2014 collection into this post (but that would have been a bit boring for everyone else!). I had many favourites from his most recent offering, but this one particularly caught my eye – partially for the print, and partially because it lacks the abundance of beading and sparkle that usually adorn an Elie Saab gown. The evolution of colour from the bodice to the skirt keeps the eye interested and the sparse spread of beading on the skirt adds even more movement to the voluminous skirt. Amazing, as always.
I love the print on this dress – it is bright and fun and happy, all the things one would usually expect to see in a Spring collection, but I love the fact that it has been done for Fall. The print really is the focus of the dress, but the architectural draping of the skirt reminds you that despite the frivolity of the parrots, it is a couture gown.
Viktor & Ralph
This Viktor & Rolf collection just makes you want to snuggle up in one of the dresses with a good book and a glass (bottle) of wine. The fun, left-of-centre designs are typical V&R and despite their unusual shapes, look totally comfortable. This one was may favourite – the deep v-neck gives the loose-fitting shape a hit of femininity and the bow is just pure fun.
This dress is all about the colour. The navy and cream combination is very striking and, when combined with the vertical pleats, kind of does funny things to my eyes. The shoulder detail keeps the eyes drawn upwards and adds a little bit of interest without overcrowding the rest of the dress, letting the colour do most of the talking.
Another designer that I am coming to love, Zuhair Murad really knows how to do my style of couture. His whole collection was stunning, but this dress really took the cake for me. The intricate lace work is really beautiful and creates a bit of a trompe l’oeil effect down the body. The subtle sparkle of the black sequins leads the eye exactly where the Murad wants them to go and the whole gown shows just enough skin to be sensual and sexy, without being overt. Stunning.
All images from Style.com