Couture may be a word thrown around casually, but it’s anything but. This Fall Couture 2013 the fashion house of Valentino illustrates in the most regal of ways what intricate, ornate, and craftsmanship truly means.
To be a “Couturier,” or one that designs couture, one must be certified by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and follow rules such as having an atelier in Paris that employs at least 15 people full-time, design made-to-order creations for private clients with one or more fittings, and present a collection comprised of at least 35 pieces featuring looks for day and night. Of course high-end luxurious materials are a must as well.
Yet what also separates couture from standard ready-to-wear collections is the attention to detail and time used to create each piece. Hours of work, intricately created beadwork and embroideries, as well as impeccable tailoring, is just skimming the top of couture wear.
For its Fall Couture 2013 collection, Valentino focused on day wear and one particular detail- the hemline. In short, they did for day wear what formal nightwear is known for, and that is long hemlines. Floor-gazing caped coats and knee-length tweed, cashmere and satin dresses abounded the collection. There was an element of sexiness-meets-chic as well, with delicate lace set on sheer and nude backdrops, lush velvet’s, soft furs, and even regal brocades.
The theme of the collection was a mixture of nature meets Rome; an eclectic collection of organic materials such as shells, sea creatures, and even land dwellers like rhinos, snakes, and butterflies with ancient Roman carvings and Gothic prints. The end result is a collection that blends old world chic, elegance, whimsy with a very modern appeal.
All photos courtesy of Vogue