Friday Finds: The Only 5 Things You Need To Know About Haute Couture Week

Before we begin; yes, I heard the Ryan Gosling news. No, I haven’t jumped off a bridge. Yes, I’m devastated. No, I don’t have an Eva Mendes voodoo doll. Yes, it IS normal to take this kind of thing to heart when you’ve never met him and you have a boyfriend. We coulda been something, Ryan…

Now moving on to the next biggest story of the week: Haute Couture Week! Amy’s in France during all of this so I hope she’s getting some sweet street style shots (or going to a show). I have to say, as of publishing time these are some of the most impressive couture collections I’ve seen in a while. I fell in love with Chanel all over again after a few season hiatus because Karl was getting a little too out there for my liking. It seems like news about Haute Couture Week is everywhere, but a ton of it is TL;DR.

1) Yes, Kendall Jenner walked in the Chanel show

Yes, yes. we know.

Yes, yes. we know.

Of course, all of the gorgeous clothes seem to get lost in the shuffle because…Kendall Jenner walked the Chanel runway. Now look, I do not begrudge Kendall Jenner anything, the girl is gorgeous and she seems to be the most down-to-earth of all the Kardashian/Jenner/OJ kids. But really, fashion dailies? This is all we’re talking about? That and Kristen Stewart’s new haircut (which I hate, btw)?

Next thing we know Kim Kardashian is touching down in Paris (because she’s a super serious fashion person now, guys) and her and Kendall are hitting the town with Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. But why do we care? I don’t know, but I had to call out all the major fashion publications (myself included) and say: do we have to Keep Up With the Kardashians every week?

2) Emma Watson is probably going to be next week’s We Need To Talk About…

Attending the Valentino show.

Attending the Valentino show.

I can’t get enough of Emma Watson’s style lately. Ever since she showed up to the Golden Globes in a dramatic outfit (including pants!) I’ve been going crazy. She’s a spokesperson for Dior, and unlike Jennifer Lawrence and her Oompah Loompah-gone-wrong tan, she was killing it at the show. Seriously, this girl can dress and she seems like such a sweetheart. I am loving her edgy take on the lace trend by adding a little midriff and then taking it one step further with the leather jacket. I’ll be rooting for her going forward. Hermione forever!

3) Brides are the hot thing of couture week

Zuhair Murad.

Zuhair Murad.

Chanel.

Chanel.

Elie Saab.

Elie Saab.

If you didn’t close the show with a bride, you were missing out. Chanel gets double points for sending a PREGNANT bride down the runway. Ballsy. As a loyal watcher of Say Yes to the Dress, I can tell you that if a woman has an unlimited bank account she’s willing to drop the price of a car for a gown that she’ll wear once, so it’s kind of a genius move to place these dresses in the couture collection. Couture shopping are used to unlimited budgets, so it makes sense that when they get married, they’ll want something as equally expensive. If you need me, I’ll be sobbing into my Target dress.

4) DIORRRRRRRRRRR

Look 5.

Look 5.

I have not loved Christian Dior this much in a while. The voluminous gowns were so ladylike and fun. It seemed really reminiscent of what Christian Dior, the original designer of the brand (duh), used to present to his clients back in the 40s and early 50s. I can imagine girls flocking to this collection for their debutante balls in Monaco or somewhere equally glamorous. It’s a timeless collection that doesn’t feel overly done.

While I liked Raf Simons’ work at Jil Sander, I have felt that he was struggling to come into his own at a new fashion house. People may disagree with me, but I don’t care. I think this is easily his best collection to date and if I had an unlimited budget, I’d spend it all on these beautiful gowns, skirts and dramatic coats. I’m even willing to forgive the parachute pants.

5) What’s that awesome collection? Margiela?

Look 4.

Look 4.

Okay, so it doesn’t work QUITE as well as the famous Kanye line but I cannot get enough of this collection. As Maison Martin Margiela was responsible for the emergence of masks in fashion (see: Kim Kardashian’s “how big of an idiot can I look?”-themed photo shoot), I’ve always held a fondness for them. But this collection was amazing. Seriously, I didn’t even mind the jeweled masks (WHY THE MASKS?!). Fine, maybe I minded them a little. But seriously, sexy slits? Clothes that are fitted to the body? Patterns? Statement earrings? This is not the Margiela I’ve come to know and appreciate, but this is something that makes me appreciate the fashion house 10x more.

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