Backstage at Haute Couture Spring 2012
Featuring Lindsey Wixson, Andrej Pejic, Karlie Kloss & more.
Haute couture takes the escapism and fantasy of fashion, and then multiplies it by a million. The garments are true examples of craftsmanship and the runway presentations are productions, much like Broadway spectacles but with less show tunes and probably the same amount of sequins.
Giorgio Armani themed his show around metamorphosis, and especially the snake shedding its skin, so crocodile skin was key. Mesh, glistening fabrics and scale-like prints pointed to the reptillian. Christian Dior was ladylike and fifties-inspired, with full skirts, cinched waists and a soundtrack by Lana Del Rey.
Jean Paul Gaultier's collection was inspired by Amy Winehouse, mimicking the late singer's pin-up girl style with winged eyeliner and beehives. Models (including Andrej Pejic) wore veils and smoked cigarettes as a babershop quartet sang Winehouse's songs. The show caused controversy (perhaps its main aim?), with Winehouse's father telling The Sun that he thought it was in bad taste.
Valentino presented a collection of beautiful, 100% dreamy dresses as layer upon layer of delicate organza floated down the runway. Wallpaper-y florals and high necklines gave off a Little House on the Prairie cross Virgin Suicides vibe, with the intricate beading and sequin-work being a standout feature of the collection.
The Versace couture collection was quintessential Versace, following the 'more is more' mantra. These gowns were made with the red carpet in mind - the runway itself even replicated a red carpet, with VIP guests separated from the plebs (read: slightly-less VIP guests) by a red velvet rope. Expect to see some of this collection worn by celebrities at the imminent Oscars.