Featured Image from Vogue Runway
Every year I wait for the Couture collections to seek out over-the-top and apparently unwearable looks. That said, most haute couture offerings have underlying wearability if you look beyond what’s attention grabbing. Some of them are extremely inspiring for seamstresses like me. And, some designs are ripe for a bit of snark where no amount of staring will bring out the wearable quotient – no offense to the designers and seamstresses of the design house.
Today I’ll focus on the Valentino Collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli here’s what I could not look away from (All images from Vogue Runway):
Sharksteeth!! I mean…..
The embellishment by fabric manipulation in this gown is top tier, in my opinion. The wearability quotient and drama are in perfect balance. The combination of bright peacock blue organza, the bodice with button-up vibes, and the prolific use of what the French heirloom sewing community in the US has dubbed “sharksteeth” — just works. It works, works and works.
Other embellished designs offered by Mr Piccioli consist of diaphanous embroidered and appliqued flowers. I love how they’re used here as a transition between prints.
Color combinations I could never think of!! Why is this combo (appropriately called citreon and prune by the Vogue editor) working so well? Or the dusty pink, light kiwi green and a brick red pant in the lower photo? Will it work with my prosaic, daily wardrobe?
Yeah, the Couture is known for attention grabbing styling where you can’t even see the actual clothes. While I won’t wear the ethnic headdresses and Raggedy Ann wigs, I can see the fashion clearly and like it very much.
Bonus Look: Extreme Fabric Love (snarky comment)
The I-Always-Carry-My-Fabric-With-Me look. It could be a zero-waste top/blouse seeing that the designer did not want to cut up and throw away the scraps – use it all up! I would have loved to see the back of this top. Let’s guess. I’m saying it’s a bare back possibly tied with couture spaghetti straps. Something has to be holding in all that fabric. What do you think?
OMG Moment: Lauren Hutton Appeared!
I’m aging myself, but when Lauren Hutton appeared, I almost fainted. There she is in all her senior supermodel glory.
Okay, I’m off to stare at more Haute Couture 2020 on VogueRunway. It’s the ideal thing to do on a hot and lazy summer day.