Looking Out the Windows

Butterfly embroidered gowns at Valentino. Insect wings outlining the gowns at Honor. Carolina Herrera taps her Pre-Fall collection, “Bee Happy.” Elephants and dragons are drawn on to the pieces at Roberto Cavalli. A feather coat adds that Wow factor at Chanel’s Pre-Fall show in Dallas. And Jean Paul Gaultier has only these words to describe his latest Haute Couture collection, “Life is a Butterfly!”
Ever since the Pre-Fall season began, designers have been looking out their windows for inspiration on their latest collections. Throughout the Pre-Fall collections, many designers demonstrated the importance of outerwear, with fur and feathered separates. While Reed Krakoff’s collection sure did seem to show off some of my favorite animal prints. Some designers seemed to opt more for flowers and insects, especially during last week’s Haute Couture Fashion Week. Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from the bumble bee, while at Valentino comes a segment filled with Butterfly embroidered gowns, in both the brand’s Haute Couture and Pre-Fall collection. While flowers get their share at Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, and Elie Saab’s Haute Couture collections; and Matthew Williamson’s Pre-Fall collection. I guess doing something as simple as looking out the windows can produce a really fascinating collection.

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Valentino Takes Us to a Mystical Garden

Last week’s Valentino Pre-Fall collection no doubt seemed to be our preview for today’s Haute Couture collection in Paris. As those butterfly embroidered gowns may have just been the inspiration. As Valentino’s Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli take us on an Imaginary journey to a Mystical Garden, far far away. With a butterfly embroidered cape. Feathers top off a tutu in rich hues of: Olive, Oxblood, and Nude. A Cheetah gets drawn onto a floor length evening gown. Fringe tops off an Asian inspired robe. While lace covers Neutral hued evening gowns. All apart of Valentino’s mystical journey. Bon Voyage!

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Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2014 Haute Couture: “Life is a Butterfly”

“Life is a butterfly!!!” Jean Paul Gaultier told Vogue. “So all the collection is that!”
As 1940s silohouettes and ruffles are key throughout the collection. Jean Paul Gaultier uses the inspiration of a Butterfly, perfectly interpreting it into his collection in the most feminine, yet boldest way.

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