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The Most Beautiful Fall 2012 Couture Looks Roundup - Elie Saab, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier

By Tanya Leigh Washington on
Imax Tree, Photo editing by Tanya Leigh WashingtonWhile the states were enjoying a spectacle of fireworks on the 4th of July, France bid adieu to Fall 2012 Haute Couture Week with a finale of spectacular gowns. Elie Saab, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino presented chill-enducing collections—no doubt to their own backdrop of oohs and ahhs.Celeb favorite, Elie Saab, debuted yet another slew of luxurious gowns, covering all bases of feminine whimsy: gold lace, light-catching beads...Read Full Story

The Most Beautiful Fall 2012 Couture Looks Continued - Chanel, Armani, Stephane Rolland

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Imax Tree, Photo editing by Tanya Leigh WashingtonFall 2012's Haute Couture Week continues to heat up and today Paris brought us decadent designs from Chanel, Armani Privé and Stéphane Rolland. The trio captivated us with loads of feathers, iridescent opulence and majestic red carpet-worthy pieces.Giorgio Armani's show had the color palette and textures of an undersea world. His glittering blue hourglass gown couldn't help but remind us of the Little Mermaid's unforgettable sparkling ocean...Read Full Story

The Most Beautiful Fall 2012 Haute Couture Looks So Far

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All photos in this article: Imax TreeCouture Week a.k.a. the most glamorous week of the year a.k.a. our favorite week of the year  kicked off in Paris Sunday. We watched with bated breath to see what the biggest designers had created for us to pine after this fall.Donatella Versace started things out on the right foot—a platform-adorned-buckled-to-the-shin foot. The designer has a way of making laced patent leather, sheer organza and neon hues scandalously divine. We imagine Rihanna already...Read Full Story

Beauty and the Beast: Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2011

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Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree) Taking inspiration from La Fontaine's classic fables, Alexis Mabille created 18 pieces that each reflect a wild animal for his Fall '11 couture collection. He embarks onto dangerous territory in every sense, as the designs are as unpredictable and incohesive as nature itself. There are some definite hits in the collection like his white feathered leopard and the captivating duality amongst his fur-sleeved wolf and fox. A cardinal rule in...Read Full Story

Elfin Extravagance: Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2011

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Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree) For his first show in eight years, Azzedine Alaïa thrived on his famous fit-and-flare silhouette, tiered ruffles and the weighted fabrics he (and his clientele) so adore. The show started out light with frothy gray fur alongside forest green and egg-shell felted wool coats. Progressively Alaïa drew us in deeper with dark maroons and black patent alligator embossing.A true lover of countering textures, the designer paired supple velvet (a...Read Full Story

Renaissance Revelry: Valentino Couture Fall 2011

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Valentino Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree) As head designer Pier Paolo Piccioli described, Valentino's Fall '11 couture collection offers "a sense of regality and luxury that has nothing to do with ostentation." The collection of velvet burnout fabrics, intricate beading, and elongated silhouettes is most certainly regal. Delicate bejeweled wreaths placed over braids, luminous brocades, floor-sweeping tassels and gold lace appliqué further capture the Renaissance essence of the sumptuous...Read Full Story

Ballet Rebellion: Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2011

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Couture 2011 (Imax Tree) Jean Paul Gaultier is the king of rule-breaking and boundary pushing. Not often will you find a collection that encompasses both pinstripes and camouflage fur, but Gaultier manages to do so for Fall 2011. The pieces have only one inspiration uniting them: a nod to Black Swan and the ballet fascination of the moment—most notably in the women's footwear. Gaultier also makes ties to his past collections with spiked headwear, his signature burn...Read Full Story

Unearthly Beauty: Givenchy Couture Fall 2011

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Givenchy Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree) Quality over quantity is an understatement for the Fall '11 Givenchy Couture collection—or any preceding Givenchy Couture line for that matter. Current head designer, Riccardo Tisci created 10 heavily embellished ethereal pieces that range in color only slightly from white to champagne. Tisci questions the expected, playing with balance, light and exposure (pants need not apply). Thick embroidery is placed on sheer nylon and tulle, lush feathers and...Read Full Story

Tweedy Terrain: Chanel Couture Fall 2011

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Chanel Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree) Reigning king of fashion Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong. Or can he? His Fall '11 Chanel Couture collection puts this statement on trial. Perhaps Karl is catering to his elderly clientele with head-to-toe shapeless coverings encompassing tweed suits, leather gloves and matching boots? Even arm-warmers make their way into this hodgepodge collection. Particular dresses (a circus-inspired number, for example) are quite the head-scratchers. We appreciated...Read Full Story

A Far East Movement: Armani Privé Couture Fall 2011

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Armani Privé (Imax Tree) This season, Giorgio Armani's Privé collection is inspired by Japan, shining a spotlight on the country that not only sourced much of the designer's aesthetic values but also continues to suffer from the tsunami aftermath—a cause Armani financially supports with a scholarship program for youth affected by the disaster.The most powerful aspect of Armani's line is its quiet strength, an aesthetic juxtaposition of the traditional geisha with modern feminine vigor...Read Full Story