Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spring 2013 Couture Shows: 8 Looks Worth the Investment!

In the world of fashion the term "Haute Couture" is heavily misused.  Everyone from Real Housewives reality star, Alexis Bellino to pop star Gwen Stefani have used this word to describe their fashions.  It has now become such a muddled definition that many associate anything that they cut and sew or personally design as "Haute Couture".

According to wikipedia the definition of "Haute Couture" (is French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking" or "high fashion") refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing.  It is a made to order for a specific customer, and it is made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

To preserve the prestige, quality and high value attached to a garment being labeled "Haute Couture", the term is protected by law in France. The Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris is a commission who's sole purpose is to determine which fashion houses are eligible to be true haute couture houses.  Each year they release a list of approved companies/fashion houses who are eligible to use the term.

So you can only imagine the long laborious hours that it takes to create these stunning pieces of art.  "Haute Couture" is the definition of Fashion is Art, Art is Fashion. In reviewing the different collections from this past Spring 2013 Couture fashion presentations there were 8 looks that I believe would not only be worth the thousands in investment but are such bold and beautiful works of art that in the end, what you are purchasing is wearable art.

So, any takers willing to fund my "Help CSM's Haute Couture Aspirations"? Think about it as you check out the 8 looks I've selected:

*Photo Credit:

Elie Saab

Christian Dior

Atelier Versace


Giambattista Valli 



Alexis Mabille

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