5 Things You Should Know About Haute Couture Week SS16

Because it’s the stuff dreams are made of

#1 Everyone’s eyes will be on Dior
28 Jan 2016

#1 Everyone’s eyes will be on Dior

But of course - this is the first show the house has held since Raf Simons’ recent departure, and the collection will be presented by the brand’s atelier team instead. Look out for it from 9.30pm tonight (Singapore time) online.

Photo: Dior 

#2 Chinese designer Yiqing Yin is showing for the first time
25 Jan 2016

#2 Chinese designer Yiqing Yin is showing for the first time

Asia power! The Chinese-born, Paris-based talent was officially granted France’s haute couture appellation in December, a distinction bestowed by the country’s Ministry of Industry. After stepping down as Leonard’s creative director in the same month, Yin is now poised to take the world by storm with her first haute couture collection this week. Her show begins at midnight Singapore time on Wednesday, 27 January.

Photo: Yiqing Yin 

#3 Chanel is always a good idea
25 Jan 2016

#3 Chanel is always a good idea

Never mind whether we’re talking about this year or last - Chanel is always relevant. As one of the oldest and most successful haute couture houses in fashion today, it should come as no surprise that the French brand owns 12 of its own specialised ateliers that each focus on a traditional craft, be it making the finest lace, the most intricate embroidery or the prettiest buttons. These ateliers also produce the goods for many other fashion houses apart from Chanel, which bought them over to preserve the art of age-old crafts.

Photo: Chanel 

#4 Some like it haute…some don’t
25 Jan 2016

#4 Some like it haute…some don’t

The substantial time and effort that go into haute couture collections mean that sometimes, a brand may have to make a choice between continuing to produce high fashion or ready-to-wear. While RTW keeps a brand visible in the commercial market, an haute couture arm can strengthen a house’s image, offer more room for creativity and boost its other products, in effect working as a long-term investment. Last year, Dutch label Viktor & Rolf opted to fold its ready-to-wear arm to “refocus on our artistic roots”. On the other hand, Givenchy, under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci, has stopped showing standalone haute couture collections because of the demi-couture standards evident in its RTW range.

Photos: Viktor & Rolf

#5 Valentino may just be Best In Show
25 Jan 2016

#5 Valentino may just be Best In Show

Since Italian designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took over the reins at Valentino in 2008, the brand’s lustworthiness has gone through the roof. And that’s no different when it comes to haute couture: Last season, the fantastico duo took the collection back to its birthplace in Rome and staged it at Piazza Mignanelli, the very same square where Valentino himself had previously shown his collections. Needless to say, the stunning location plus the covetable clothes made it a HUGE success. We can’t wait to see what they’re doing this week.

Photo: Valentino

As Paris Haute Couture Week kicks off, we give you an overview of all you need to know this season about fashion’s most fabulous chapter.

Paris Haute Couture Week ends this Thursday.

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