…and it’s the details that make haute-couture so spectacular. It’s exactly those tens of hours of handmade work that bring out what the world calls the best of fashion.
If you would ask me, sometimes these collections bring out the best of what a particular designer has to offer and sometimes it just brings out the strangest like “I wouldn’t wear it if they would give it for free” type of outfits. But haute-couture is many times about the show, and not about beautiful wearable clothes.
In case you were wondering what haute-couture is all about, well, it’s fashion constructed entirely by hand, using the best & the most expensive fabrics, sewn with incredible attention to details and finished in tens or hundreds of hours by an army of the most experienced sewers. Now, maybe the question “why?” comes to your mind (why put so much work into a piece of clothing that most of the times won’t even be worn)… Simple, just for the love of fashion! :)) That, and the fact that it means a certain fashion house is a part of an elite group, and that is translated into more sales on the pret-a-porter collections or accessories, jewels, perfumes etc. It’s just for brand image, because as so often we have witnessed, the brand is what’s important, not the product.
There are just a few fashion houses that are a part of this group, as there are some requirements that must be met. The list of haute-couture labels is drawn up each year by a commission called the chambre syndicale de la haute couture, in Paris, the capital of haute-couture. In France, the term haute-couture is actually protected by law and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris . The French really care about their fashion…
I always take a look on haute-couture collections and again, in my opinion, except for the handmade work and probably the high costs of every piece, some of them have nothing to do with what haute-couture should mean.
But the ones that do, show amazing craftsman skills, dedication, vision and talent. You can’t really not appreciate them…
My selection is from the spring/summer and autumn/winter 2015 collections (click on photos):
Which one did you like the most?