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FASHION / January 31 2012 11:45 AM

The 10 Most (and Least) Oscar-Worthy Gowns from Haute Couture Fashion Week

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As many a starlet is aware, looks don’t always translate well from the runway to the red carpet. Nowhere is this more true than in haute couture. Sure, this gown costs $35,000, was constructed by a team of half-blind old ladies whose skills are so specialized they can be classified as endangered species and contains actual diamonds, but Joan Rivers still thinks you look like a refugee from some drag queen concentration camp. No, events like the Oscars require a little discretion and the simpler you keep it, the better. Of course, there are exceptions, but not every actress is a Charlize Theron, a Cate Blanchett, a Nicole Kidman or a Tilda Swinton — risk-takers who can pull off haute couture with the greatest of ease. For the rest of ‘em, here are 10 safe gowns sure to please along with 10 only the brave of soul and intrepid of style should even consider.

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FASHION / January 23 2012 4:46 PM

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Haute Couture an Exercise in “Sheer” Boredom

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Bill Gaytten and the hardworking hands of the Christian Dior atelier returned this haute couture season with a much more subdued collection than last fall’s largely-derided offering. Trading in silly headpieces and deafeningly loud prints for cleaner silhouettes and a sedate color palette of largely whites, greys and blacks, the aesthetic pendulum swung rather violently. The storied house has also adopted the industry-wide obsession with sheer panels and overlays, already brought to its perfect zenith by Givenchy seasons ago. Still present, however, was the classic Dior New Look shape of  a cinched waist and a full skirt. While this haute couture collection was a deliberately safer outing for the still-creative-director-less Dior, it understandably and inevitably came off more than just a little boring. Gaytten and co. have yet to strike the right balance between the house’s glorious past and the fantastical places John Galliano took it during his legendary reign. But at least they got one thing right: Karlie Kloss was back opening the show. If you want a strong start, there’s no better hoofer in the game. Check out some highlights — and a few lowlights —  from Christian Dior’s spring 2012 haute couture show after the jump!

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EDITORIALS / September 24 2011 12:07 PM

Miss Havisham Haunts in Haute Couture for Vogue Italia

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Ever since Prabal Gurung sent Karlie Kloss stalking down the runway in his much-lauded Great Expectations-inspired fall 2011 collection, fashion has been noticeably obsessed with the decrepit glamour of that story’s ill-fated villainess, Miss Havisham. Still in her wedding gown yellow with age, Miss Havisham wastes away in her attic for years mourning her unrequited love and inflicts her cruelty on everyone unlucky enough to be around her. Think Anna Wintour if she was unemployed. Ah, but pain, sadness, insanity and a dress: that character has editorial written all over it. And for Vogue Italia‘s September couture supplement, Dickens’ demonic diva is once again referened in Paolo Roversi‘s hauntingly beautiful “The Haute Couture” starring Frida Gustavsson, Jac Jagaciak and Kristina Salinovic with styling by Lori Goldstein

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CELEBRITY, FASHION, NEWS / September 21 2011 5:22 PM

INDIE NEWSROOM: Well Someone’s Not Getting Another Vogue Cover (Thankfully)…Vogue Italia’s Couture Supplement Cover…The Ins & Outs and Ups & Downs of Catwalking

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- Anna Wintour may finally, much like the rest of the world, be over Sienna Miller. Thanks to some car trouble, Sienna was a half an hour late to buddy Matthew Williamson’s fashion show. The designer foolishly kindly held the show for her, much to the chagrin of the Bobbed One who was seconds away from storming out and burning down the designer’s entire spring line. [Metro UK]

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FASHION / August 4 2011 10:12 AM

Iris Van Herpen: Haute Couture Requires Blueprints

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As we enter this month of Art and Architecture at FashionIndie, we must discuss further a young designer who has elevated the notion of couture. Iris van Herpen creates a synergy between the finest handiwork and the technologically advanced. For this collection shown in Paris as part of Haute Couture fashion week, Capriole, she worked with architect Isaie Bloch and MGX to create 3D prints which were then translated into textiles. What resulted is function that follows the most stunning form from which all else stems.

She also happened to intern with Alexander McQueen. Behold.

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