Monday: First day of Couture. It was a big day, and I was thankful for a bit of rest before starting. The day was to consist of shows by Christope Josse, Alexis Mabille, Christian Dior, and Giambattista Valli. Doesn't sound like much, but I knew what was ahead. A lot of waiting, sitting, walking up staircases and racing to the next show - all in six inch heels. Allez-y!
Christophe Josse is a French designer, relatively new to the Couture scene. He was granted his Couture membership in January 2011, and I had never seen his work. Held at the Lycée Henri IV in the 5th arrondissement (an area of art and scholars and where I lived for a short time long, long ago), this was a small show with mostly French guests.
|Love this wool dress with croc details|
After a quick and breezy lunch at Deux Magots (one of my and Hemingway's favorite haunts), my friend Cameron and I made our way back to the hotel for a quick change. And off to see the Alexis Mabille show. I adore Alexis Mabille. I've gotten to know him a little in the past six months, and he is such an endearing and interesting person. I bought my first ever couture pieces from him in January, and he designed and made my gown for the Met gala in May. I am a fan. He had told me that this collection was all about fantasy - and I was excited to see it. I read that he had been inspired by women as jewels for this collection...
|Thinking about this shortened as a cocktail dress...|
|After the show with McCall - her first couture show! I'm wearing Alexis Mabille Couture|
Shown in a private house on avenue d'Iena in the 16th, this was indeed going to be special. Let the romance begin. I may have fallen in love with Dior and Raf Simons at once upon entering the space. I was seated in the Dior Salon, as opposed to friends who were in the Blue Salon. Each room was covered wall to wall in flowers. The first room to see was the white room: a dream of orchids surrounding you. I sat in a room of all colored flowers, but they weren't flat as you might expect, but three-dimensional, like bouquets upon bouquets. I was impressed. And allergic.
The clothes were beautiful and simple and feminine and rich. Starting with the black wool suits with cigarette pants that transformed into cigarette pants with cut-off ball gown tops (one of my favorite looks of the collection), there was a clear idea that was consistent with the New Look of Dior in a modernized and functional way. Instead of being poofy or flowery, the silhouettes were architectural and sculptural.
Dior is back. Ladies, get those cigarette pants and pointy stilettos back out to achieve the New New Look!