Fall 08 Couture II

1. Valentino:
This was Alessandra Facchinetti's first Couture collection for the house of Valentino, and I must say that I think it's the best collection she has done so far. While the collection was beautiful and feminine, I still can't say that she has done Mr. Valentino justice; but I think that is my problem. It's about time I start judging her on her own merits and not expect that she produce a Valentino Jr. collection. After all, that is not the way that things evolve and great things are discovered.

First look that came down the runway and I am already re-thinking all I know about Ms. Facchinetti. I think this is just brilliant and the silhouette of that skirt made my heart go pitter-patter. I wish that the jacket was cut a bit shorter so that it doesn't create that weird folding on the side, but that's ok. I think this makes a very strong first impression.

Beautiful, beautiful dress. What really got me was the way that beading glistens with the light. It reminds of bioluminescent sea creatures and the way they glow in the water at night time. Absolutely stunning.

By now you all know that I am obsessed with sheer stuff so this dress is right up my alley. The best part is the way the beads look like they are just laying on her arms without anything holding them up. I hope someone wears this on the red carpet sometime (maybe Cate Blanchett?).

I love this because it seems both vintage and futuristic. The jacket is fantastic.

2. Jean Paul Gaultier:

The monochromatic bug has hit Paris and I am SO on it. This is insane.

Brown and blue is still one of my favorite color combinations.

OMG WHAT? TOTALLY AWESOMELY MAGNIFICENTLY NUTS. (And I love that they put this on the model with the super long hair, she is like a warrior queen that you do not want to mess with!)

I love that there is still such a huge element of fantasy at Gaultier's show. How could you not love this? It's the most fantastic armor suit ever.

Gaultier did the costumes for The Fifth Element (which if you haven't seen you totally need to because it's a really great movie), and that's the first thing I thought of when I saw this. It seems like this would be the exact wedding dress that Leeloo (played my Milla Jovovich) would've worn when she got married. Even the bright orange pieces of lace that the models wore under their bangs, seemed like a tiny homage to Leeloo's hair.


Jen said...

Ooh, Cate Blanchett could definitely rock that dress. Good call.

SBJ said...

I watched 5th Element TWICE last night, yo. That movie is perfection.

laia. said...

oh i love it so! i always forget though, and then i watch it and i'm all "omggg this is soo good!"