style brick road: Paris Couture a/w 2013

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Paris Couture a/w 2013

For a while now, I've been planning on uploading a review of the Paris Couture shows, but as every fashion-themed internet site already published everything you wanted/needed to know, and every picture was the same as the other, I've been constantly postponing it.
Fortunately, I've stumbled upon the illustrations of the famous British fashion illustrator David Downton who illustrated the most memorable looks of the 8 major Haute Couture shows - Schiaparelli by Lacroix, Chanel, Gaultier, Dior, Elie Saab, Valentino, Versace, and Alexis Mabille.
I've been a big fan of Alexis Mabille's work, and I loved his latest collection, but my absolute favourite must be shared with the great David Downton - it's the Schiaparelli show that stopped all stops.

The amazing craftsmanship, the infinite creativity, and the fabulous aesthetic of Christian Lacroix combined with the legacy of personally the most creative fashion designer of the history Elsa Schiaparelli it's a fashion show that amazed be the most. And you know why? Probably because I expected nothing and everything, and it gave me absolutely everything.

Elie Saab & Valentino were the shows that gave all they had in the points of femininity & fairy couture, but although I admit the collections are filled with beautiful clothes a lot of women will want to wear, it's not the aesthetic that makes me go 'Ooooh!' or 'Aaaah!'. The Versace show was yet another aesthetic I'm not the biggest fan of, but I can truly respect the moment of Naomi Campbell walked down that runway, and how she worked it like a it was a day at the office. Alexis Mabille's was wonderful like an amazing cocktail - 2 spritz of elegance, 1 spritz of avantgarde, and 3 spritz' of chicness. It's one of those collections I'd love to own just to look at it every day as a piece of art. Truly wonderful, no?

illustrations. David Downton for Vogue.co.uk

xxx

D.