Couture Wraps Up...

31/08/2010 15:31 | Updated 22 May 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier s/s 2010 coutureA model hits the catwalk during Jean Paul Gaultier during the s/s 2010 haute couture collection. AFP/Getty Images

Can you believe it's already over? Couture may have come and gone in what feels like an instant, and we just hope it's an institution that's here to stay. In the meantime, the ready-to-wear fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris should keep us occupied until next season.

Here are some of our favourite moments from the last 24 hours of this couture season:

Celeb spotting: At Givenchy, singer Ciara and French It girl Lou Doillon were spotted front row with the usual suspects (Kanye and Amber, of course), while Dita von Teese went regal in royal blue at Elie Saab. At Jean-Paul Gaultier, French chanteuse Arielle Dombasle belted out a number on the catwalk while clad in an elaborate red gown with matching headdress.

Hair accessory du jour: At Franck Sorbier, models' chignons were accessorised with cutlery in the form of forks glued together with curving and swirling tines. This may be haute couture, but we're thinking of haute cuisine.

Model moment: Maria Carla Boscono, unofficial muse of Givenchy, didn't grace Riccardo Tisci's catwalk this season. In her place we spotted Russian model Natalia Vodianova, who also used couture week to launch her latest collection for Etam lingerie. Guests including Mark Ronson, Eva Herzigova and Alexa Chung all made an appearance, while Charlotte Gainsbourg lent her vocal skills and performed three songs from her latest album, which features Beck, "IRM."

Elie Saab s/s 2010 coutureOne of Elie Saab dreamy creations. Getty Images

Standing tall: Clothes weren't the only items on display this couture week. Jewels are being showcased by all the haute joialleries today, but Bruno Frisoni hosted his annual couture luncheon to present his latest Roger Vivier collection of shoes. Among the five-figure offerings? Feathered shoes with unicorn horns, lace-embellished heels and footwear accented with turquoise, coral and amber jewels.

Blast from the past: Sexy sequinned jumpsuits, glittery eye makeup and sheer fabrics? If it sounds like the 1970s are back, they are, at least for Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, where colours were bold, gowns were heavily encrusted with jewels and dramatic ruffles and feathers abounded.

Red carpet alert: The pastel-toned dresses Elie Saab sent down his catwalk - in shades of seafoam, yellow, lavender and pink - seemed awards-show ready, right down to the sky-high leg slit many featured. We wonder if Jennifer Aniston will follow-up her leg-baring Golden Globes ensemble with one of these.

Spectacle of the day: Jean-Paul Gaultier wasn't short on inspiration after he gave us boxing boys last week. He delivered mariachi music to accompany the giant sombreros, palm tree headdresses, cowboy boots, fringed denim, feathered dresses and exotic ball gowns made to like they were woven from peasant baskets. And body art was still going strong with Amazonian tattoos painted on models' bodies. Forget Paris, this was a veritable Mexican fiesta!

A brand new era: The Valentino show looked decidedly funkier, more radical and a lot more neon than the brand has in the past, a sign that designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are trying to carve out a new identity for the label. Some models wore blindfolds, while others sported rectangular bands of bright blue or green eye shadow. The painted blue shoulders showed that Avatar's influence has extended beyond the realm of cinema.


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