The Best Of and the Worst Of… My Picks
Looks – Stéphane Rolland, Chanel, Armani Privé
21 collections were presented to the press:
- from 10 Official Members (Adeline André, Anne Valérie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dominique Sirop, Franck Sorbier, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maurizio Galante, Stéphane Rolland missing Christian Lacroix this season)
- from 4 Correspondents Members (Head Quarters based somewhere else than Paris: Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela, Valentino)
- from 7 Guest Members (Adam Jones, Alexis Mabille, Atelier Gustavo Lins, Christophe Josse, Josephus Thimister, Lefrant.Ferrant, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, missing Alexandre Matthieu, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Jean-Paul Knott, Josep Font, Marc Le Bihan this season)
Spring-Summer collections are generally less interesting in terms of creativity because of the nature of the season there is less layering to play with and less choice of materials.
The resulting depopulation of the designers who used to be present for the Haute Couture shows, has affected the competitive spirit. The older generation has all but nearly disappeared with the likes of Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino, YSL. The new wave of Designers have yet to reach the talent and the notoriety of their peers.
Many presented scant limited looks collections: with only 22 at Givenchy, 14 at Anne Valérie Hash, 11 at Martin Margiela, 34 at Dior. Others like Elie Saab played with only 2 to 3 different patterns and cuts for their complete collection, with only slight variation in prints and embroideries.
For the Spring-Summer 2010, I am under the impression that Designers were not as committed to their Couture Collection. Perhaps they have reached their creative point of saturation, as wearing too many hats often dilutes what a single hat could have accomplished.
I really missed Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix this season and Valentino Garavani!
There were some excellent shows though with wonderfully refined cuts and details from: Givenchy and Dior for their daywear collection as well as Armani Privé and the Stéphane Rolland collection featured below.
I can’t wait to see the prêt-à-porter commencing next week in New York to see what the fall-winter 2011 season will bring…
Back to the drawing board!
My best for this season
My worst for this season
My favourite pick from the Spring-Summer Couture 2010 Collections
Stéphane Rolland has put together a complete collection to wear for all occasions: from daywear, to cocktail, to red carpet gowns. He has come out with fluid, fitted and nicely proportioned silhouettes with overlapping blade like laser-cut Plexiglass keystone patterns framing the shoulder-line, pockets, hem and neckline. It is as if he accessorized much of his collection with finely cut, wafer sized sheets of opaque quartz crystal and used these varieties of shapes and sizes to frame and enhance the femininity of them. He also playfully used high gloss painted patterns to give a canvas like worthiness to his “Art Pieces”.
A nice mix that shows that Couture can rhyme with modernity.Photos credits: Monica Feudi@gorunaway, Reuters,