Friday, July 17, 2009

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who is the worst of them all?

The Fall 2009 Haute Couture held last week had its share of amazing clothes excellent in concept and workmanship and the "not so brilliant" ones that got passed over as modern, practical, wearable clothes in line with the current stormy economic weather. Is every single haute couture dress worth the six figure price tag?And more importantly, did they all evoke in you a "lust tornado" of similar intensity?Given below are some of the dresses that made me shriek in horror and wouldn't have had me spend even a $100 on them, leave alone anything more!These can be best described as either modern but mediocre or ornate but impractical! Do you concur with me?

Alexis Mabille Fall 2009 Haute Couture

Jumpsuits are a rage this year, but seriously that doesn't mean a shape wear would justify a six figure tag?As for the piece in the center, Mr.Mabille would you please care to explain the workmanship, the skill and the complex thought process involved in the making of the same?While you do give fillip to the tailor at the street corner making him feel that he too or for that matter anyone with a piece of cloth to spare can be a couturier, is that benevolent thought alone worth the hefty price?

Alexis Mabille Fall 2009 Haute Couture

Sweeping the floor as you walk along might be a noble task, but even that nobility isn't sufficient enough to justify itself as haute couture!

Left to Right: (Stephane Rolland, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier) Fall 2009 Haute Couture

Though Chanel tried to incorporate a "twist" to its signature tweed skirt suits in the form of a tail, Karl Lagerfeld's "New Look" created the image of a girl who took her table cloth with her wherever she went!It was neither aesthetic nor quirky nor sophisticated just plain ridiculous! As for Stephane Rolland's dress, even the word simple is too much to describe his white gown, maybe he wants to give people who cannot afford his clothes a few simple designs to take to their tailor and have it copied! And Jean Paul Gaultier's black dress can be made good use of on a Halloween night!

Left to Right: (Givenchy, Valentino, Givenchy) Fall 2009 Haute Couture

Just when Nicolas Sarkozy got rid of the burka from the streets of Paris, Givenchy to everyone's horror puts it back on the runway! Valentino - little black dress? Yes, classic? a resounding NO, looks like some prehistoric animal inspired horror!And whats with the silhouette of Givenchy's black crystal pants? Horror in black best describes these dresses!

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Haute Couture

"Less is more" is what is missing in these Dior dresses.The center one is nothing short of clownish, as if the lady is carrying two large totes on either arm and the color too is bordering on loud and the voluminous silhouette has become sooooo synonymous with Dior, that it would do Dior good if it could go do away with volume for some time!While the pink dress has all the couture worthiness in terms of brilliant embroidery, it so grossly exaggerates the very part(derrière), which women go to any extent(right from spending millions to starving) to keep minuscule!For Dior its time to do away with theatrical excess and embrace simplicity!!

Haute couture is not just about workmanship and skill, which, perfected over the years, have become second nature for these fashion houses.Real Haute Couture is being avant-garde while still staying relevant to the prevailing times, and not just ornateness clothed by anarchism !!


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