We are off to another exciting fashion event. Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018 kicked off on Monday, January 22. As expected, the world’s best couturiers are bringing their work to the City of Lights for the fashion-forward audience. Here they will present creations that took thousands of hours to be made, handcrafted from start to finish, by using only high-end materials. Behind each creation, there is a sewer that spent a lot of time working on every single detail from the look. And the price tag explains all the attention and the value of these couture pieces.
Dior’s magnificent show was a highlight of the first day. Maria Grazia Chiuri doesn’t give up on sending powerful messages through her designs. She focused on two colors, black and white. Maria still managed to keep things interesting, in spite of the limited range of shades. Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, Proenza Schouler, and Schiaparelli are the other luxury brands that showed on day 1, whose couture collections deserve all your attention.
When you first think of haute couture fashion, there is one brand that always stands out. The almighty Karl Lagerfeld and his glorious work for Chanel are the ones that lead the game in the world of couture. After so many years in the business, bonded to the same luxury house, Lagerfeld doesn’t cease to amaze. Each of his shows is another remarkable experience, both visual and emotional.
Chanel presented its Spring/Summer 2018 Couture collection today, during day two of PHCFW. In an unexpected turn of events, Karl decided to keep things simpler than before. For the previous presentations, the legend built a small Eifel Tower inside the venue and transformed Grand Palais into a giant waterfall. This time he let the clothes do all the talking. The recognizable high-end tweed and impressive detailing were still there but done in a way that celebrates Chanel’s heritage.
Just like many times before, this Fashion Week is a magnet for celebrities that fly out to Paris just to see the outstanding creations from the front rows. Sofia Coppola, Rita Ora, Bella Hadid, and Monica Bellucci are just a part of the influencers who already showed up to cheer for their favorite designers.
Clare Waight Keller just debuted her couture collection for Givenchy today. Among the other collections that you’ll most certainly find mesmerizing from day 2 are the ones of Alexandre Vauthier and Giorgio Armani Prive. For tomorrow you can get excited about the presentations of Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, who excel in haute couture. Day 4 is reserved for Xuan, Christophe Josse, Ronald van der Kemp and more. That is the last day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018. So hang tight for another few days of exquisite fashion in the form of art.
The most popular couple in the world at the moment, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released their official engagement photos. The happy duo shared three of their gorgeous pictures, taken by Alexi Lubomirski. Meghan and Harry are more than happy to share these exciting moments in their life with the public according to Kensington Palace. The lovebirds first shared only two shots and left the audience asking for more. With the third one, they thanked everyone for their kind wishes and revealed the full glory of Meghan’s gorgeous gown.
The first picture shows the happy couple sitting on the steps of Frogmore House while holding hands. In the center of attention is the mesmerizing engagement ring that Harry designed himself. The future groom looks dapper in a navy suit, white shirt, and navy tie. Markle, on the other hand, shows off only the upper part of the mesmerizing dress. It features a sheer bodice embroidered with golden leaf details.
The second one much more intimate and personal. Prince Harry has his future wife in his embrace. The actress is wearing a simple ivory sweater. Once again, the photograph shows the stunning ring, as the centerpiece. This shot is done in black and white technique.
The last shot, which emerged shortly after the other two is also black and white. Here you can see the whole gown and Harry’s slick suit. Since everyone is obsessed with Meghan’s style we have to mention the brands she is wearing in the engagement photos. The future bride chose a couture creation by the high-end fashion house, Ralph & Russo. As an addition to the embroidered bodice, the dress features a dramatic black tulle skirt. It is a part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection, and the estimated value is $75,000.
Alexi Lubomirski is a talented photographer known for his work with many celebrities. He comes from Botswana, a country that has special meaning for the future royal couple. That is the first place they visited as a couple. Botswana is also the country of origin of Markle’s breath-taking crystal on the engagement ring.
“A huge thank you to His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, for allowing me to take their official engagement portraits. Not only was it an incredible honor, but also an immense privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple’s love for each other. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took.’- Alexi said in his official statement.
This has been a very busy royal week for Markle. A few days before the photos emerged, she attended Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas lunch at the Buckingham Palace. Now we also know the official date for the wedding: May 1, 2018.
The London Fashion Week has officially ended. We had an exciting fashion week with multiple opulent shows. London welcomed some big names for the first time. The Italian designer Giorgio Armani swapped Milan for London this season. He presented a massive Spring 2018 Collection with a variety of power suits. The suits with confident cuts are among the biggest highlights from the LFW.
Opposite of Emporio Armani’s androgynous power suits, Erdem presented out-of-this-world elegant dresses that radiate femininity. Moralioglu’s spring 2018 offerings had a strong royal vibe. He designed a sophisticated collection available to everybody. Erdem’s dresses are among the best offerings from the spring shows so far.
We must also mention Ralph & Russo‘s feminine dresses. The designer duo left everyone in awe with their debut ready-to-wear collection. Tamara and Michael’s idea for RTW dressing involves a bit of couture. We are talking about sheer fabrics, heavy embellishments, and metallic designs. Ralph & Russo’s spring dresses are a must-have for every fashion-forward lady who nurtures an elegant style.
Tommy Hilfiger made an opulent closure of the LFW. The American designer together with the supermodel Gigi Hadid presented a 90s-inspired collection with a strong grunge vibe. The pieces carried Hilfiger’s love for rock music. Edgy designs, red tartan and black leather dominated in the see now, buy now, Fall 2017 Collection.
Donatella Versace had a similar idea for her Versus Versace Spring 2018 collection. Her latest designs featured a lot of checks and graphics. The designer truly understands the fashion DNA of the young generations. As a result to that, she offered casual but edgy pieces. Her Spring 2018 collection is all about making a statement without trying too hard.
Feast your eyes on the best runway looks from the SS 2018 LFW.
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For years Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo dressed only the biggest A-listers. They are Angelina Jolie’s favorite designers. Celine Dion wears their couture pieces for a walk around town. Considering the fact that Celine Dion is the greatest queen of couture this shouldn’t surprise us. Starting from Spring 2018 the fashion house’s designs will be available to all of us. Besides couture, Ralph and Russo will do ready-to-wear series to treat their noncelebrity admirers around the world.
You must be wondering how the largest couture atelier in the world pictures the ready-to-wear fashion. The presentation of their debut Spring 2018 RTW collection during London Fashion Week amazed the audience. Tamara and Michael did ready-to-wear designs with the same idea they do couture. A lot of drama and glamour was involved. Pieces infused with femininity and no gender-bending concept in sight is the best explanation of the Spring 2018 RTW collection.
Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo used their red carpet knowledge to create the RTW designs. Models flaunted out-of-this-world gowns at the Ralph & Russo’s spring show. Many gowns featured sultry elements such as plunging necklines, thigh-high slits, and sheer fabrics. The ladies who’ll opt for Ralph & Russo’s gowns are daring but still elegant and sensual.
When it comes to eveningwear, the designer duo presented a variety of midi dresses. The detachable details on some of the dresses are made to tease the imagination. The 3D embellishments on the dresses and coordinates, on the other hand, are reserved for the ladies who like to dress on the edgier side.
As expected, florals were the pattern of choice for the Ralf & Russo Spring 2018 collection. Whimsical floral ensembles graced the runway. The voluminous belted floral gown was one of the greatest highlights of the spring collection. The out-of-this-world outwear pieces with beautiful floral prints also were a true treat for the eyes.
The metallic-hued designs represented the power dressing in the collection. Metallic silver coordinates with confident cuts, a shiny golden belted coat that accents the body in all the right places, sterling silver voluminous coat are among the statement metallic pieces in the collection.
Ralph & Russo’s long-anticipated ready-to-wear collection will most certainly get the attention of their celebrity clientele. After all, they are just people who have a life outside of the red carpet as well. And life is so much better with the Ralph and Russo’s RTW pieces in the wardrobe.
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