Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture: Chanel, Valli, Dior & Mabille

Christophe Josse, image by Dominique Maitre via WWD

Christophe Josse, image by Dominique Maitre via WWD

It's Haute Couture time in Paris again with Spring/Summer 2013 running right now. I'm trying to catch everything as quickly as possible, scanning through Instagram and tumblr, YouTube, Fashionologie, etc, etc.  There were several looks that I really loved at Christophe Josse (left), who is actually new to me The stills are posted at WWD and I've pinned my favorites (via the WWD shots) to our Pinterest Board as well. I tried to watch my beloved Ellie Saab live but couldn't get it to play, however the shots I managed to see so far are as lovely as ever and I'm sure I will have more on that later in Part 2. Chanel was a bit dramatic to say the least with a Tim Burton meets Coco kind of thing going on, while Dior presented a lovely Garden Party with pretty, sublime silhouettes and sensational springtime detailing. And the detailing is exquisite. A very attuned updating of the classic Dior essence (see stills here at Fahionologie, complete with lots of close ups). While it was a Garden Party blooming at Dior, it was more like an Army of the CoCo-undead rising or a very Grimm fairly tale at Chanel, a different kind of Spring, but still very much an updating of a classic designer's vocabulary. Karl Lagerfeld always manages to channel Chanel while making his own had very apparent. And the 2 brides at the end, holding hands, were lovely. A nice way to end the show with a happy note of love finding its way out of the dark forest. (stills here.) Also of not so far are Giambattista Valli (below), which is very beautiful, & Alexis Mabille's debut Couture collection.  

Gaimbattista Valli Haute Couture, image via Style.com 

Gaimbattista Valli Haute Couture, image via Style.com 

Now, of course, Haute Couture in Paris is only the tip of the fashion iceberg right now but it's likely about all I can manage to get through in any detail right away. I've checked out a tiny bit of Pre-Fall, Menswear (barely made a dent yet, but I do love the Burberry Prorsum, as always) and Ready to Wear from Berlin. To make things a bit easier there, Style.com is posting images from Berlin this year, which is great. Normally I go through the individual images for each show as they arrive in my inbox, but this is oh so much easier. My favorites was Hugo by Hugo Boss, but I've pinned a few others that caught my eye, to our Pinterest Board as well. More to come and on into London & New York over the coming weeks.

Videos below of Chanel & Giambattista Valli (via SavourFlairTV), Christian Dior, and Alexis Mabille (via MarieClaireItalia). You can also see more images that we're pulling together on our tumblr & our Pinterest Board. More to come soon.