Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Armani Privé Spring 2009 Couture

Beautiful in a pique weave print.

Another lovely belted suit with a great buckle.

Another thing I'm noticing about these suits is that they're using the princess seam/bust dart combination so often seen in Marfy patterns.

Beautifully cut jacket with great button/loop detail. I love the contrast lining.

A departure from the rest of the jackets, and very nice.

Great pockets.

An interesting lace top.

A nice boxy jacket with contrast collar and lapels, and interesting sleeves.

Dimensional lace embellishment.

Interesting treatment of a print. Detail below.

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Anne Valérie Hash Spring 2009 Couture

I like the double front on this blouse. Detail below.

Interesting seaming and ruching, which you can see better below.

Small lace panels with intricate seaming.

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Stéphane Rolland Spring 2009 Couture

Wonderful horizontal pleating.

Little Black Dress group.

More pleats and a dropped waist.

Interesting blend of very sheer and mens-wear influence.

An unusual lapel treatment.

Lovely draping and nice embellishment.

Unusual embellishment, but very effective.

Very dramatic.

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Chanel Spring 2009 Couture

Beautiful braided trim, paper floral decoration, and look at the square shoulders throughout.

Pleated sheer sleeve godets.

Nice proportions with a cap-sleeve jacket.

Lots of horizontals and a nice matelasse.

A lovely spring costume.

Amazingly intricate fabric. It looks like it's constructed with ribbons, trims and embroidery.

Sequins and feathers.

Wonderful stripe manipulation, and the stripes are formed with bugle beads.

Glass-paper embroidery.

Very interesting cut and I love the pockets, below.

A very interesting skirt, but I'm not sure how flattering it is.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Christian Dior Spring 2009 Couture

I think this must be the dress with the 2500 meters of ribbon. Quite a tour de force, but I'm not sure it's terribly appealing. There is quite a group of skirts with this shape, which does not necessarily carry on all the way around the skirt.

More ribbon and a tulip skirt.

A very interesting sleeve treatment, with an extended flange over the shoulder and sheer sleeves underneath. Almost a medieval/renaissance construction.

Pretty choker holding the twist draping.

I like the top of this. Very interesting dart shaping and the curved hip seams are unusual, but seem to fit in. This cap sleeve is used a lot in this collection. Detail below.

He uses a lot of cartridge pleating in applied pieces, both on the skirt here, and on the bodice at the shoulder. Beautifully embroidered fabric.

This is just so appealing, and so young.

Control through pleating/gathering.

A very soft hem on the top.

Beautiful hip emphasis and embroidery.

Beautiful soft neckline and dimensional flowers.

Classic Dior ballgown.

I love the Delft embroidery on the inside of the skirt.

If you love beautiful fabric, you have to love this dress.

Interesting construction. It's all inside out, as are many in this collection, but how perfectly done. Love the wavy seam allowances. Details below.

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