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The World of Haute Couture: Spring 2019 Recap

A couple of nights ago, my boyfriend and I were watching this new series on Netflix called “7 Days Out”. This docu-series shines light on the nitty gritty details of what goes into world events like: The Westminster Dog Show, The Kentucky Derby and The Chanel Haute Couture show. Naturally, I selected to watch the haute couture episode first as I wanted to share my knowledge in this art form with my boyfriend. Coincidently, couture week in Paris was happening while we were watching the show, so it was perfect timing as I was already feeling so inspired after watching the looks from Dior, Chanel and Valentino a few days prior. For those that don’t know very much about haute couture, I will quickly explain before I recap all of the gorgeous shows from this past week in Paris. It’s important to understand what goes into haute couture and why it’s such a big deal. Quite simply, haute couture is an art form. The words in french mean “high fashion” or “high sewing”. In order for these garments to be considered haute couture they have to be hand made, hand sewn from start to finish. The seamstresses in the “ateliers” use the most expensive, luxurious fabrics and materials. Not to mention they put in hundreds and hundreds of hours to create these looks. Haute couture happens twice a year in Paris, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. There are only a few fashion houses in the world that have the technique, budget and skill to create haute couture fashion as there are many rules and guidelines that need to be followed in order to be considered an haute couture atelier. Sadly, haute couture cannot be purchased by the average Joe, these garments are tens of thousands of dollars . . . and sometimes can even reach six figures. Haute couture is about appreciating the level of dedication and craftsmanship behind each look on the runway. Personally, haute couture is one of my favourite weeks of the year. After watching all of the shows, I always feel so moved, I start to get goosebumps! Like art, it inspires and fuels emotions.

 

Now that you have a better understanding of what haute couture is all about, let me recap the best looks from this week’s Spring 2019 shows in Paris. Get ready for lots of ruffles, 3D florals, sheerness and bright colours. This season’s looks were so beautiful and innovative it had Celine Dion in tears . . . literally.

 

Keep scrolling and click through the slideshows to see the highlights!

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Valentino

Viktor & Rolf

Chanel

Jean Paul Gaultier

Alexandre Vauthier

Christian Dior

Giambattista Valli

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2019