Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2013

January 30, 2013By Madeleine CziglerShopping

Couture’s Future depends on Lone Rangers

Paris Update Couture Iris van Herpen
Looks from Iris van Herpen’s Spring-Summer 2013 couture show.

Paris Couture Week, which ended last Thursday, has faded to just four days – only four days to display the exquisite skills of the mere handful of major fashion houses still on the couture map.

Dior, Chanel, Gaultier and Valentino are among the few romantic names still representing Paris fashion’s glorious tradition. In their collections, these classic houses demonstrated why couture should not be fashion’s impossible dream, showing off skillful, elegantly simplified versions of their houses’ codes.

But it is encouraging to se that creativity in couture is coming from dynamic young lone-ranger designers who are less constrained by corporate pressures. The imaginative shows of such promising newcomers as Julien Fournié, Oscar Carvallo and Iris van Herpen strengthened our faith in Paris couture’s future.


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