The Best of Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

In the wake of terrible news such as the Malaysian Airlines plane that got shot down over Ukraine, the depressing situation over the Israel-Gaza conflict and a strong typhoon ripping through the northern part of the Philippines as well as other parts of Asia, my prayers go to all who have perished and to everyone affected by these sad news. Sigh, all I really want to do right now is to help everyone have a little pick-me-up to calm the nerves. 

Whenever I'm down and out, I try to think of beautiful clothes or down a couple of tubs of icecream. I know, it's kind of superficial but it does get my mind off the not-so-beautiful things in life, even just for an hour or so. Let's try to think of something beautiful, shall we?

The Haute Couture Fashion Week just wrapped up in Paris about a week ago and yes, there were yards of beautiful fabrics and silhouettes to chase the nightmares away. What I love about the haute couture collections is that the designers shine artistically, the seamstresses get to showcase the best of their skills, and you don't feel the pressure of commercialism in these collections. They just create what they feel like, no holds barred---there are no trends necessarily followed, although they may be a source of inspiration for the RTW (ready-to-wear) collections.

A peak of my personal favorites:

Valentino. This collection is all about cinched waists and natural shoulders, with an interesting set of soft, delicate fabrics held together with the prominent accessory, a double-wrap waist belt.

Atelier Versace. You can always count on Donatella Versace to bring out the sexy, sultry side of a woman. In this collection, boned waists, ball gowns, strategic cut-out silhouettes and some glittery body suits are all over the runway. There's even that gown with one pant on one leg, and I know it sounds odd but they nailed it. Sashey, Shante!

Chanel. Time for a sumptuous dose of tweed and beyond! I love the idea of how the heavily embroidered clothes are balanced out with beautiful silk bow flats. Ooh la la, check out the finale peace worn by the very pregnant model, Ashleigh Good! (fifth and sixth pic below)

Zuhair Murad. Make sure not to skip the leg exercises 'coz Mr. Murad wants the ladies to show off them lovely stems! The gowns are nothing less of breath-taking, accented with geometrical-shaped buckle belts.

Giambattista Valli. Screw the Rose Parade, Giambattista's got it covered with floral appliques, garden floral prints (perfectly and unexpectedly matched with stripes) and silk shirts on ombré ruffled skirts. It's all in the details, baby!

Elie Saab. Uhm, yea. You're never going to get an unbiased opinion from me when it comes to this guy. He is the Lord of all unimaginably dreamy gowns. This is yet another collection that I am completely googley-eyed about! I simply have no words.

I have a confession to make. Every time Elie Saab's Haute Couture collection comes out, I always skip to the last piece...because he makes the most coveted wedding gowns ever. It's like he dives into every woman's dream, puts it to paper and simply creates the most beautiful, feminine shapes and patterns.

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Phew, okay. I am definitely in a better mood now. Even if these wonderful creations didn't do anything to cheer you up, remember that you can build your own happy place. It could be filled with adorable animals doing unusual tricks, laughing babies, favorite cities to travel someday (or have traveled to), inside jokes that only you and your closest friends can understand, or a second chance in life.

The world can be such a gloomy, dreary place to live in but it'll only get darker if you put your own light out. Keep on shining, my minions!


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