Nov 6, 2011

Singapore Women's Haute Couture Week

Haute Couture used to be the domain of Paris, where shows would happen after the Menswear collections in Paris. Well, not anymore.

For the first time ever, Womenswear Haute Couture shows will be shown outside of Paris, at the inaugural Women’s Fashion Week 2011 in Singapore!

Haute Couture is the epitome of high fashion, dressmaking, craftsmanship and luxury. For many fashion houses, designing Haute Couture is very important to the identity of the brand, as it sets the creative direction for the brand, and the tone of the other collections to come.

A total of eight designers presented their collections, Anne Valerie Hash, Atelier Gustavolins, Christopher Josse, Stephane Rolland, Dominique Sirop, Alexis Mabille, Maxime Simoens and Eymeric Francois.

The set for the shows was also beautifully designed (as you can see in the photos below). Trees flanked the sides of the runways, changing color each day of the shows, from Spring to finally Winter, appropriate for the Winter Ball we had to celebrate the end of Haute Couture Week!

(According to the NY Times, the set was inspired by the grand staircase at the Opera Garnier in Paris)

Here are just some of my favourite moments during my time at the shows!

Christopher Josse

Alexis Mabille

Anne Valerie Hash

Stephane Rolland

The audience did a collective gasp when this dress walked down the runway, it was breathtaking. The photos do it no justice, you just have to see the intricate work on the dress up close! It must have been extremely intricate, because apparently it weighed 65kg (can you imagine?) and required two male models to help the model with the train!

Photo Credits: Women's Fashion Week 2011/Word Of Mouth Communications

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