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Best of Haute Couture -Autumn-Winter 2013/2014 (with ITW)

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The return of the highlights of haute couture. four days of presentations in paris which have showcased a creativity that doesn’t stop being new; an abundance of luxury, embroidery, extraordinary staging, key figures and strong images…. the show starts outside of the grand palais with groups amassed at the entrance and key figures posing in front of the photographers. inside an ‘end-of-the-world’ décor with a devastated theatre opened on a futuristic metropolis. here, the show also started outside, with a red carpet worthy of the cannes film festival. but it was at invalides under a white cube, where the dior collection took place, dedicated to women, to their diversity and in a radical aesthetic that was appreciated by its designer raf simons. the schiaparelli presentation signalled the return of christian lacroix in fashion, after 4 years of absence from the catwalk… donatella opened the week of haute couture collections with the ex-catwalk star naomi campbell. two passages down the catwalk, ultra glamorous…. even though there was no need, jp gaultier created a buzz, inviting to the catwalk the latest star of french reality tv nabilla, feline in a sheath dress, she took care of the show… the couturier stéphane rolland sought to bring out the sensuality of velasquez through the steps of the spanish dancer rafael amargo ... these 4 days of presentations have allowed us to confirm out loud what would be whispered: haute couture isn’t ready to end, quite the opposite with the emergence of a new generation of young iris van herpen is a part of this growing young generation. she’s fond of exaggerated volumes, innovative materials and sculptured silhouettes. this dutch designer invited by the trade union of haute couture, came to present her catwalk in paris, and proposed an approach which reminds us of that of alexander mcqueen, another gifted designer in a spectacular way ... from head to toe ... couture knows how to rock, be sexy and electrifying. the proof is in the image by alexandre vauthier. at yiqing yin, a marine theme inspired the young designer, in charge of an evolving heritage… there wasn’t a catwalk which was without themed make-up and hair, at jean paul gaultier there was panther print on hair…..and we can also talk of height… at chanel, karl lagerfeld created a square head. and at margiela: enthusiast of a strong image, of cultism and of anonymity, the house covered every head with a couture mask. paris was at the same time partying, key figures were drawn to catwalks, profiting from the night out, each more festive than the other… fendi opened its new boutique on avenue montaigne with beautiful people… and opened a photographic exposition of karl lagerfeld on the banks of the seine, featuring the trevi fountain in rome renovated with donations from fendi. at bulgari, the singer carla bruni, the ex-first woman of france and muse of the brand, marked her presence at the launch of the latest collection called diva. a red carpet with a-listers including bradley copper and milla jovovich to name a few…. interview: vanessa paradis: i was astounded by everything when i arrived: the decor, the clothes, the music, the pretty girls…it makes my heart beat every time. christian lacroix: i am very, very happy to come back in these conditions because, yes it’s fashion, but above all it’s a homage. that’s to say that it’s something museum-like and living at the same time, it’s strong and intense and very very symbolic, it’s not just chance i think. nabilla: jean-paul said to me to stay myself for this catwalk, because well it’s like that that i love you, it’s like that that people love you yiqing yin: for me, what interests me is the research, the new things; for me couture is a platform for experimentation, a laboratory, and i think that there is a rich heritage that without a doubt needs to be re-interpreted. odile gilbert: we have leopard print hair, it’s all done by hand, and there you go. there’s no secret, we didn’t even dye the hair with dye. karl lagerfeld: because we have seen the round boater such a lot, we went with this bun on the head which we call: the grace jones hairstyle as a bun. copyright-free music :bandi & nikit-2012