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Tim Blanks has already deemed it “Unlike any other couture show I have seen,” but we’re equally spellbound by the looks on stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Dello Russo just showing up outside.
While we see it on the runway, in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and on backs of celebs like Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard as they strut the red carpet, we don’t encounter all that much haute couture in our everyday lives. But much like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, that’s no reason to believe that there aren’t people out there wearing it.
It wouldn’t be fair for Anne Hathaway to get all of the glossy lovin’ this winter, so while she covers Vogue, her equally gorgeous Les Misérables co-star Amanda Seyfried is Vanity Fair UK‘s December star, donning couture creations from the likes of Chanel, Valentino, and Christian Dior.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
We’ve often wondered how the couture business stays afloat. Does anyone really buy that stuff? The answer is a resounding and absolute yes, and one corner of the planet is buying up every stitch of the best French fashion houses have to offer.
We’ve done a lot of writing about how John Galliano‘s career at Dior ended, but we thought it would be a good idea to look back at how it all began. At the end of 1996, LVMH executives decided they wanted Galliano to move from Givenchy to the house of Dior. He presented his first couture collection for the storied brand on January 20, 1997, to widespread acclaim and best hopes a prosperous future there.
They say you can’t know where you’re going until you realize where you’ve been. With that in mind, we’re taking a glance back. The past week has been a roller coaster of fashion news and events — and luckily, we were there to catch the good, the bad, and the ugly (like Lindsay Lohan‘s mean manicure).
This week, we’ve been bringing you highlights from Paris Couture Week. Karl Lagerfeld walked a model in a stuffed lion mask down the runway, Dita Von Teese strutted Gaultier’s in a dominatrix outfit to which only she could do justice, and the models that walked the Dior runway brought new meaning to botanics. It’s easy to look at these elaborate runway shows and ogle over their extraordinariness. But when you take away Karl’s eight-ton lion, what exactly are we looking at? What is Haute Couture? And why does it have its own week?