The couture shows are in full swing, one of the most beautiful collections was Raf Simons’ offering for Christian Dior. Inspired by ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch, the dresses had a dreamy, ethereal quality, counter balanced by the heavy coats with one contrasting sleeve.
One might ask why are the couture shows relevant in such austere times? The answer is to most people, they’re not. These are clothes destined for the backs of the super rich and famous. Design houses earn little profit from haute couture, but they do showcase the most beautiful, rarified ideas of the designer. The houses that produce couture are the behemoth, venerable labels such as Chanel, Dior, Armani Privé, Atelier Versace, and a handful of others. I love the couture collections because they’re relatively unencumbered by commercial imperative. They are beautiful for beauty’s sake.
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