Couture Dreams | CTR FW '12

Raf Simons' first collection for the House of Dior had me looking back at his final collection for Jil Sander. I definitely saw the subtle similarities in the construction of his garments for Jil Sander and how they translated into the silhouettes and cuts of Dior's. His play on volume in the structured peplums and the elegant embellishments were definitely worthy of the fashion world's attention!
Valli created an entirely different world with his newest collection, inspired by "a flower garden and a nymphaea." Indeed, the woodland influence was heavy and present in every single one of the pieces he sent down the runway. From the magnificent florals to the exquisite draping and accessorizing, Valli's fairie-like universe had me wanting to frolic in fields and wear airy gowns. For real.
The first few tweed pieces that Karl does, I will admit, are not always my favorites. Nonetheless, I feel as if there is always going to be a positive turn later on the in the collection (okay, like 42 looks later). In this case, the heavy wool grays morphed into delicate, cotton candy pinks, lighter fabrics, and more effeminate silhouettes. The ombre of the sequins from metallic to neon was striking to me, as was the varieties of texture in the last few looks. 
The slow transition from light to dark reminded me of day to night dressing, with the casual/business attire of morning-noon changing into the elegance of evening parties. Sharp tailoring and crisp edges were perfect for "day-wear." Later on, the few ombre pieces continued the idea of a changing wardrobe, and the gowns began to appear. From slinky velvets to heavy sequins, the gowns became increasingly risque, but seemed to maintain their sophistication. 

images via style.com



Tian said...

The Armani collection is one of my favourites so far, definitely very sophisticated. I think Valli had some really nice pieces especially the first one in the second row that you posted, but some of it looked a little too busy for me.

Charlotte Guertin said...

Thank you (:

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Such beautiful clothes. Love the peplum style.
Beauty. Fashion. Seattle.

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Sharon said...

Amazing post!! You're such a great fashion blogger with a great eye for detail, I really enjoyed what you had to say about all the collections! Keep up the amazing work


Eva Ana Kazić said...

Couture is back! <3

Emma Tjørnelund said...

Nice pictures!

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Daniella said...

So many amazing collections!!! Dior's is beautiful! :)

Take care,Daniella xox

Analisa said...

All of them are so beautiful! Armani Prive's is my favorite!

Sara said...

Great post. I love the collection of CHRISTIAN DIOR awesome



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Alice Oliveira said...

Amazing post!


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ioana carmen said...

so simple and chic!

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Ice Pandora said...

I love the Giambattista Valli
one! Amazing haute couture!