Posts Tagged ‘haute couture’

Helen Gerro Transforms Art into Fashion

In Designers, Events, Fashion on September 16, 2010 at 8:13 am

Art and fashion have always been interchangeable.  In fact, couture fashion is the very definition of art.  Artist Helen Gerro has transformed her great talent from paintings into fashion.  In the eighties and nineties Gerro’s clothing line could be found in such high end department stores as Nordstrom, and was even highlighted on OprahGerro’s paintings can be found in prestigious homes and offices throughout France and the U.S.

Helen uses her incredible talent as a painter to bring her vision to life on fabric.  One beautiful gown is presented as a creative bride’s dream with colorful designs mirroring those seen in many a coveted Gerro painting.

This month Helen Gerro will leave her Gulf Coast studio to paint the runways of Fashion Week Tampa Bay with her colorful vision.  From your wall to your closet, Helen Gerro will absolutely bring a vivacious spirit into your world.

Galliano Churns Out Pure Magic

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on July 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

There are almost no words to describe the sheer joy that comes from hearing the phrase, “couture collection.”  That being said, John Galliano has yet again exceeded expectations with his couture collection for Fall 2010.

In Paris this past week, Galliano’s collection for the House of Christian Dior blossomed quite literally onto the runway.  With a vivid floral theme, models emerged in tulip-shaped silhouettes and breathtaking colors.

One look in particular featured a beautifully soft textured blazer in robin’s egg blue which displayed an exaggerated shawl collar.  The waist was tied with a very unique gold belt and led down to a full black skirt with bubble hem.  As if this ensemble were not enough to tempt the eye, the skirt also features a side embellishment of wonderfully realistic flowers in lilac and yellow.  Another dress appeared in shiny black with a vintage, off-the-shoulder design and sheer overlay at the skirt which seemed to transcend into one large, pink petal.  Worn with shocking pink gloves, this look was simply divine.

While many fall collections tend to feature warm, yet sometimes dull earth tones, this was certainly not the case in the House of Dior.  A gown more vibrant than any exotic flower arrangement presented with a full length skirt shaped in tiny tiers of exquisite teal silk.  The strapless bodice revealed a purple floral print and transitioned quite nicely with a large, artistic bow in neon yellow.

John Galliano is a true innovator with a mind that continually churns out pure magic.  If not one piece in this collection of literal silhouettes and mind-blowing color tickles your senses, I would suggest an immediate medical consultation.

Au Revoir Christian Lacroix

In Designers, Fashion on July 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Au revoir! Almost everyone is impacted by the awful economy and money crisis. It’s even taking its toll in the fashion industry, and most recently for French designer, Christian Lacroix who is known for his haute couture collections.

His fashion show last week was like no other… tears and hugs were exchanged after Christian Lacroix showed his last collection.

During the last 20 years, Lacroix always made headlines with his abnormal and fantasy creations, including the short puffball skirt (“le pouf”), rose prints, and low décolleté necklines.

This legendary designer always put on a show with exceptional haute couture pieces. Christian Lacroix also started making clothes and accessories that were “ready to wear” for the average working woman.

Lacroix’s Fall-Winter 2009-2010 Collection mostly involved shades of navy blue and black that gave a funeral feel to the collection. Even though it was appropriate… it added to the sad mood of saying goodbye to Lacroix.

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Aside from the tears of witnessing Lacroix’s last collection, the crowd loved every fashionable piece. The collection was made beautifully and really made an artistic statement with the darker colors, exquisite craftsmanship and models with covered heads.

Ending the show was this glorious cathedral-inspired bride to lighten up the gloomy and dark mood.  It truly was an elegant goodbye to the death of something wonderful!


His 24 looks in this collection ended with a rare roar of applause from the elegant and dreary fashionable audience. Supportive fans held a banner reading “Christian Lacroix forever” as he made his final walk on the runway.

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“I can’t think this is the end,” Lacroix told Associated Press Television. “It’s the beginning of something, I hope.”

I personally fell in love with this dress below! I love the craftsmanship with the lace and elegance I feel from this dress.

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I hope Christian Lacroix can get out of this financial mess then reopen his haute couture and fashionable ready to wear collection. He estimated it would take 50 million Euros to re launch the label, and he said Tuesday’s show at Les Arts Decoratifs museum, would serve as a showcase to seduce possible financiers.

I feel that Christian Lacroix will win this financial battle he is facing. He will once again make exquisite pieces of fashionable art for the world to wear.

I won’t say “Au revoir” to Christian Lacroix just yet… instead I’m saying “Au plaisir de vous revoir” meaning- See you later!

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