Fashion

Paris Fashion Week – What is Couture? 

 

Paris fashion week is wrapping up. I’ve enjoyed monitoring social media this past month to see what the major fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) have in store for their spring collections. It’s weird to me that the runway shows are always so many months ahead, but it does make sense since they’re influencing what trends and colors are going to appear in our stores and other designers need time to take that inspiration and make it an actual product.

Photo: Vogue Runway

Still, I can’t help but wonder what “couture” really means for the rest of us. The above picture is literally something that went down the runway last week. Would you wear it? No one would. That’s not really the point – which is what confuses me. How did fashion get to the point where the top designers are most interested in showing something that they know no one wants to wear?

There isn’t a clue in the definition of the word. “Couture,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, just means “fashionable dressmaking or design” or “high fashion.” By that meaning, one would think couture fashion would be something that the masses want to actually wear.

I do have a theory, though. I think that the absurd couture fashions are all about status symbols. If someone dares to buy a $8000 dress that they know looks terrible, it’s like they’re saying, “I’m so rich that I can do what I want. I’m too rich to feel foolish. You wish you were rich enough to waste this much money.”

Another theory I have is that couture designers are creating pieces of abstract art that are made to be seen rather than worn. Modern Art is all about geometry and color and texture. Just as other art forms have moved away from general aesthetics that please the senses and have become more about experimentation and being unsettlingly avant garde, perhaps fashion is following suit and becoming more about concept than function.

I’m curious about the trickle-down effect that couture runway shows play on everyday fashion though. Do they truly inspire the colors or textures we’re all going to see in stores in a few months? I mean, the above picture does exemplify ruching as a technique. Should we expect to see more of that in the spring?

I know this post probably seems overly rambly, and I apologize for that, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has thoughts on this. What do you make of couture fashion? How do you think it impacts our society? Do you feel inspired when you watch runway shows or do you find them comical? I’d love to see any and all types of opinions in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Fashion

Met Gala 2016 Recap

Those who know me can attest that it is one of my life goals to be invited to the Met Gala. This exclusive event is huge in the fashion world, and it is hosted by none other than Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Each year, on the first Monday in May (which is also the title of a new documentary about the gala), celebrities and fashion icons come together and meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this fundraiser to support the Costume Institute. I spent pretty much the entirety of my Monday evening on Snapchat to get instantaneous updates. This year’s theme was “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an age of technology.” Here are some highlights from the night:

Best Dressed Female: Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o
Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty

Lupita nailed this theme! In a sea of metallic silvers, golds and blacks, she dared to go for a metallic color instead of a neutral. This brave, green choice really stood out and looked amazing against her skin tone. Also, that hair. It’s so fun.

Best Dressed Male: Zayn Malik

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Credit: REX/Shutterstock 

Most men who attend this event throw on an expensive tux and ignore the fact that there is a theme. Kudos to Zayn Malik who took the theme seriously and came with armored sleeves!

 

Worst Dressed Females: The Olsen Twins

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Credit: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

Come on, Olsens. You have billions of dollars and cute figures. Why are you always hiding those petite silhouettes under oversized, unflattering things?

Worst Dressed Male: Kanye West 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Credit: Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

Oh, Kanye. This is such a missed opportunity. You’ve been invited to one of the most exclusive fashion events in the world and you show up with ripped jeans and shoes that clash with your jacket. I’m sure this is some great ironic statement, but I think this just looks sloppy.

Other Noteworthy Moments: 

To recap, this was yet another year that I was not invited to this event due to my lack of fame and fortune…but fingers crossed for next year! I’ve already started scheming!