Couture Week: A Rundown of Red Carpet Predictions

Well, I guess the title pretty much sums it up – off you go, then. JAY KAY. But seriously, has anyone seen the gorgeous gowns that have been making their way down the runways of Paris? I have, and they’re extraordinary. Sure, we could discuss Kim Kardashian wearing a metallic onesie, or question whether or not Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez are dating – don’t worry I just gave you links to both those stories.

But why do we care about Couture Week? For one, the gowns are super gorg. For the other, it gives us a perfect window into what people could be wearing at the Oscars. While regular Fashion Week is attended by pretty much every celebrity/journalist/It girl, Couture Week is much more selective. Think: people with the deepest pockets. I mean, they’re the only ones who can afford Couture anyway. Oh, and handpicked celebrities, many of which serve as muses to the brands.

Let’s take a look at some of the shows, shall we?

Alexandre Vauthier:

Look 27.

Look 27.

While the majority of the collection featured hot pants, there were some gorgeous things to stare at, such as this dreamy blue gown with the huge slit. The collection as a whole featured a lot of layered fabric, draping it every which way and featured some gorgeous bright colors. Want to know who I think will wear this on the red carpet in the near future? Gisele Bundchen. Runner up? Heidi Klum.

Alexis Mabille:

Look 1.

Look 1.

Grecian goddess, anyone? Aside from the random pastels here or there, the collection was predominantly white. I know they’re couture gowns but everything shown during this show screamed “wedding gown” to me, including the look above, which is perfect for the sexy bride. On the other hand, I could totally see Giuliana Rancic wearing this while interviewing the stars on the red carpet.

Armani Privé:

Look 31.

Look 31.

Armani Privé is known for its smart look, for the no-nonsense woman. The collection, which featured 50 shades of navy (how many puns will I make off that?), was all about structure with a hint of sexy. While the suits could be worn by some of the most powerful women in the world, my eye was on this gown to show up at the Oscars on Jessica Chastain.

Atelier Versace:

Look 16.

Look 16.

When we hear “Versace” we automatically think sexy. Tight, exquisite fabrics, slits cut up to there. These are the makings of a proper Versace gown. The Atelier show did not disappoint, with cut-outs, furs and lots of cleavage. Is Lady Gaga expected to appear at the Grammys on Sunday? Because if so, after recently landing a Versace campaign, I could totally see her showing up in this – hood and all.

Bouchra Jarrar:

Look 23.

Look 23.

Haven’t heard of Bouchra Jarrar before? Maybe you did last month, when she was given the distinction as a grande couturière. Fun fact: Style.com reports she was the first woman to do that in more than 30 years, and man did she not disappoint. While the majority of the collection was structured pants, I could totally see someone like a pregnant Ciara wearing this to the Grammys.

Chanel:

Look 44.

Look 44.

Sure, we could talk about Cara Delevingne closing the show in a wedding gown (and fierce makeup), but instead I want to focus on this gorgeous dress. Diane Kruger: Get this on your body at once. Although the collection as a whole was decidedly Chanel, with its ode to suits, lace and delicate colors, every so often there was a burst of color and an all around sportiness (think knee pads and sneakers) that just worked.

Christian Dior:

Look 43.

Look 43.

Ever since Raf Simons took over Dior, he’s been paying homage to the original designer with couture, experimenting with the perfect cuts and fabrics. This collection was airy and light, with a twist for today’s modern girl. Look, we all know Jennifer Lawrence is going to wear Dior to the Oscars. The question is, which dress? If it’s going to be from this couture line, my bet is on this one, since it would fit her body so well.

Elie Saab:

Look 23.

Look 23.

Mark my words: at least one of these gowns will be making an appearance on the Academy Awards’ red carpet. Always a celebrity favorite, Saab sent down his typical perfectly delicate gowns that came in every color and style you can imagine. Am I the only one who thinks Amy Adams is going to show up in this dress? She’s been favoring more dramatic cuts lately, but it still has that hint of sweetness like she usually dresses.

Giambattista Valli:

Look 23.

Look 23.

Valli’s collections was probably one of my favorites, and did the perfect segue from sexy mini dresses to jaw-dropping dramatic gowns. Raise your hand if you want to see Lupita Nyong’o in this dress! I love the contrasting colors, and Lupita is able to pull off bright hues like this flawlessly. She’s definitely been taking some fashion risks and I think she’d knock this out of the park.

Maison Martin Margiela:

Look 11.

Look 11.

Hey the masks are back! I’m going to go out on a limb and say Kanye has already purchased matching masks for he and Kim. I think this is the first collection that I couldn’t really see anyone wearing  to a major red carpet. However, if I had to guess, Kanye will be swearing this jacket in the near future. I know it’s for women, but that hasn’t stopped him from wearing Celine.

Schiaparelli:

Look 6.

Look 6.

Schiaparelli isn’t really a household name, unless you count the Met exhibit: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, which of course was the theme of the Met Ball in 2012. Despite her relative unknown in current fashion, she was actually one of the most famous designers of her time, rivaling Coco Chanel and dressing Mae West. Am I the only person who could see Rihanna showing up to the Grammys in this?

Ulyana Sergeenko:

Look 32.

Look 32.

Oh heyyy Ulyana Sergeenko, I must admit I had never heard of you before this, but I’m pretty much loving everything you have to offer. The ultimate celebration of the female form, Sergeenko’s line is fitted in all the right places and quite reminiscent of Dior during the Galliano days. Is Selena Gomez heading to the Grammys? Because this has her written all over it.

Valentino:

Look 49.

Look 49.

Every year at least 5 people show up wearing Valentino to the Oscars, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Perfectly feminine with all the typical Valentino aesthetics but still has a certain moodiness. I am loving this ode to nature. Also who wants to bet that Anne Hathaway shows up in this lace confection? Anything is better than last year’s nipplegate.

Viktor & Rolf:

Look 5.

Look 5.

Leave it to Viktor & Rolf to go off in their own style. This entire collection featured women on their toes, and the skater skirts give a complete ode to ballet. To be honest, I don’t know anyone who would be wearing these looks on a red carpet, but if I had to pin this collection on a celebrity, my guess would be Pink while she’s performing.

Vionnet:

Look 11.

Look 11.

Beautifully layered sheer fabric, this Vionnet collection definitely screamed “spring” to me. The little peeks of skin bring just a hint of sexiness, and yet there is still a hint of innocence thanks to the wispy fabric. I can’t exactly pinpoint who would wear the above gown, but this is totally a Grammys gown, with jusstttt the right amount of edge.

Zuhair Murad:

Look 10.

Look 10.

Is Sofia Vergara going to the Grammys or the Academy Awards? Because I guarantee she was paying attention to one of her favorite designers when he sent this collection down the runway. Spring was definitely on the brain (check out the background), as the majority of models walked down with these gorgeous gold vine belts. Call me crazy, but I’d love to see Taylor Swift in the above dress. Totally Grammys-appropriate.

What was your favorite couture show? Click any of the photos to see the entire collection. I think I’m most obsessed with the Valli presentation.

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