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Couture Week Roundup

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With Greece teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and anti-austerity protests erupting in cities across Europe, it feels rather surreal to be talking about couture. The most rarified form of fashion that exists, the world of haute couture sometimes feels like some kind of weird hangover from another era. And yet perhaps there is something soothing in drifting into this fantastical dreamworld where people wear all chiffon errything and your wardrobe is worth more than your house.

If you’re looking to retreat from reality, here are our Top 5 shows for pure escapism.

Maison Margiela

A collection of two halves from Galliano’s latest showing at Margiela: a disheveled, deconstructed and thoroughly modern vision of femininity - complete with unshaven legs - sat alongside classic otherworldly glamour (plus of course the requisite smattering of high concept sartorial sculptures).



Another immersive show from Lagerfeld, this time a casino populated by his muses (among them Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Lara Stone, Rinko Kikuchi and Stella Tennant – can’t fault the man for his taste in women) through which an endless conveyor belt of models circulated in unmistakably Lagerfeldian designs: elongated straight, empire line and dropped waist silhouettes, classic quilted and bouclé skirt suits, ethereal tiered silk and delicate glittering embellishment.

Christian Dior

Raf Simons presented a collection that mesmerised with its grace and long, flowing monastic forms. Weighty cape coats cascaded over shoulders and sat atop feather light layers of chiffon in straight cut and classic waisted silhouettes. Heavenly stuff.

Atelier Versace

Donatella opted to show a “softer” side to the house of Versace with a procession of silk and velvet gowns (and the odd trouser) that juxtaposed rigid corset like structures with delicate draped asymmetric panels and feathery frayed edges; all quite showgirl-goes-to-Glastonbury – but in *good* way.



It was a club ready (well, assuming you’re the kind of person who wears couture to a club – and aren’t we all, eh?) collection from Armani in dark, glittering oil slick shades of black, purple, fuchsia, cyan and blue. Lashings of velvet, beading, tulle and feathers (plus those Liza Minelli style wigs) added to the delicious feeling of decadence.

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