Best of Haute Couture Spring 2011
Runway Review: Paris Couture Fashion Week Givenchy, Bouchra Jarra, Valentino
I don’t if it’s because of the mass appeal of Juicy Couture or simply the way its meaning evolves as it filters into mainstream vernacular, but "haute couture" although commonly perceived as a custom item of clothing of any sort or price, in actuality is a term protected by law and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris with very specific rights.
Haute couture is a luxury allowed to a privileged few.
Naveed Hussain, brings you his thoughts on the Spring 2011 Best of Haute Couture. – S.H.
A look at the Spring 2011 Haute Couture Paris shows only leads one to further reevaluate the basic relevance of Couture yet again.
While half of the nine designers presumably attempted to maintain Couture’s stale red-carpet appeal, the others managed to produce tepid extensions of their own banal signatures without a single inclination of moving things forward.
That being said, the true wizardry of Couture at least lives on in the craftsmanship of the few stand-out collections.
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And while the few favorites we do have for the season couldn’t escape there own banalities, there was still plenty to applaud and admire.
Ricardo Tisci‘s confidence at Givenchy continues to thrive beyond the need for exploration as he is becoming an increasingly indulgent master of his own domain. For him Couture may be an outlet for gratuitously highlighting his much beloved signatures with thousands of hours of treatments, but for the Chambre Syndicale, in my book, he is currently Couture’s most important man. – Naveed Hussain, VagabondNYC
Newcomer Bouchra Jarrar is currently the only woman in Couture and while there’s need for improvement for this Balenciaga vet, she does have a handle on spare, sensible pieces with a graphic strength.
Like Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy, Pier Paolo Piccioli and co-designer Maria Grazia Chiuri have quickly assembled a strong vision for the Valentino girl and Spring’s effort was an ethereal update to their many signatures. And like at Givenchy, while the shapes and neutral palette relied on soft simplicity, the true focus lie in rigorous craftsmanship.
Andrea Perini & Naveed Hussain | Team VagaBondNYC- Andrea Perini is a free-lance stylist and the founder and creative director of VagaBondNyc.com, the avant-garde vintage clothing destination specializing in clothing and accessories from the 60s-90s. Andrea buys, styles & shoots everything and feature's her well-edited archive in monthly vintage-only fashion editorials where every item is for sale. As fashion industry veterans, they edit their vintage buys to reflect their understanding of contemporary fashion's indebtedness to its past.
Before launching Vnyc, Andrea worked in fashion editorial at Harper's Bazaar, Elle and New York Mag and finally for (then senior fashion editor) Camilla Nickerson at Vogue assisting her on all of her commercial projects including ads for Chanel, YSL, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Narciso Rodriguez. Naveed Hussain, assistant fashion editor, has a BA in art history and is Andrea’s assistant stylist and general assistant at Vagabondnyc. Naveed also covers fashion, music and art for VNyc's blog's readers and has unlimited access to current and future fashion news & trends. He has worked as a buyer and has styled for The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. More information, including press links: VagaBondnyc.com