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Introducing Racked National's first celebrity guest blogger: Lori Goldstein. One of the most iconic fashion stylists of our time, Lori is also one of the most sought-after creative visionaries in the industry.
She's worked with celebrities including Madonna, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, and Anne Hathaway, has held the position of Contributing Editor at Italian Vogue and Allure, and has worked as a creative consultant for brands including Vera Wang, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, BCBG, and TSE. Lori currently has a featured fashion line with QVC called Logo Instant Chic.
Covetable boots from Chanel Couture
Lori: As the last of America's fireworks sparked out this past weekend, Monday, the 12-or-so haute couture designers were picking up where we left off, making fashion fireworks of their own. It's been said for more than a decade, now, that haute couture is dead—and the recession sure doesn't help. But, to me, couture is about ideas and the craft of fashion—fabric selection, pattern-making, hand-stitching—a nod to Marie Antoinette in these "Twilight" times—a true art form.
I love styling shoots with couture because, like the designers who created it, the fantasy allows the imagination to run free. That being said, here are six of my favorite haute couture runway looks. Believe you, me, it was very difficult to even chose six. I had two favorite houses—better to have two than one—Chanel and Christian Dior. Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano blew my mind (as they always do). So, my edit selection came down to the great clothing following interesting trends sure to trickle down to ready-to-wear, and so on.
Chanel: Aside from the hand-crafted floral appliques and the yards of tulle, this look has the two of the biggest trends I see coming out of Paris: a new hem length just below the knee and these matte metals, as I like to call them. Also, Karl, you must, must, must make those boots. I need them. They are too valuable to lose if they were made only for the runway.
Dior, left; Givenchy, right
Christian Dior: John Galliano excels when it comes to creating an overall look for his shows, and this was one of the most stunning collections in recent memory. I have to give a major bow in honor of Orlando Pita's hair creations. True belle fleurs!
Givenchy: Focus is always strong when it comes to presenting couture. The House of Givenchy opted not to do a show, but a small salon presentation. The result was a tightly edited collection. I love the mix of old craftsmanship with the modern look. Also, I'm always a fan of the fur jacket.
Armani Prive, far left; Valentino, center; Jean Paul Gaultier, right
Armani Prive: This dress offers the matte metals that have become so prevalent. It's not about the shiny golds and silvers, but the more muted, matte-like metal palettes like rose golds and coppers.
Valentino: Valentino may be gone from designing his namesake collection, but his essence lives on. This is couture for the "Twilight" set, as Tim Blanks wrote in his review. It's certainly beautiful. Couture is couture.
Jean Paul Gaultier: I'm over short dresses, and am completely in love with this new skirt length. It's very chic how the hemline falls just below the knee. The balance of the the volume at the hip and that length gives this dress such a new, current look.
Les Mentions Honorables: It was too hard only choosing six, and I have to give two very honorable mentions: Elie Saab and Alexis Mabille (a relatively new designer to the couture schedule). Do your fashion research and view these collections.
What are your favorites?