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FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR: Peter Yap E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding gowns are the riding habit
future of haute couture
THE SOUND OF whinnying horses and thundering
hooves set the scene for Christian Dior’s haute couture
show for next summer, with its opening sequence of rid-
ing habits, a personal favourite of Monsieur Dior.
Designer John Galliano’s Amazonians brandished riding
crops and sported black velvet top hats with ﬁshnet veils
over their tightly-ﬁtted jackets with stiff peplums, frothy
LEBANESE designer Zuhair Mu- white neckties, and full riding skirts in scarlet, charcoal
rad seems conﬁdent that wedding grey or traditional checked English tailoring fabrics.
dresses could save haute couture In his more than 10 years tenure at Dior, Galliano
in the long run. keeps returning to Dior’s New Look and his “bar”
“Prêt-à-porter covers every- jacket, this time updating it with an asymmetric
thing else,” Murad told Relaxnews cut and origami folds. His models’ whitened
in his Paris showroom during faces only served to increase their resemblance
haute couture fashion week. “You to geishas.
have ouﬁts for your dinner, In contrast to his horsewomen, Galliano’s
your cocktail, daytime. [...] cocktail outfits were ultra feminine. Silk
But a haute couture dress jackets bristled with faux stones and ﬂuffy
that you’ll hopefully only embroidery, in soft pastel shades of prim-
use once in a lifetime, rose, peach and pistachio, over skirts in
that’s our niche in the layers of tulle or lace.
market.” Bolder, sculpted, short satin halter
The designer, who cre- neck dresses came in strong combina-
ates both ready-to-wear tions, like peacock blue and purple or
and haute couture col- fuchsia and prune.
lections and designed His ﬁnale of grand entrance ballgowns
300 individual dresses had slender bodices, emphasised by over-
for his clients in one the-elbow evening gloves, and ﬂoor-sweep-
year, counts Hol- ing skirts and trains. Some models needed
lywood’s biggest two male assistants to help them navigate
stars and the Mid- the stairs in the salons off the Champs
dle Eastern royal Elysees where the show was held.
families among his Australian singer Kylie Minogue and
clients. According to Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung were
him, his brand also has a among the invited guests applauding from
strong customer base in Middle the front row. Christian
Europe, Russia, and China. “The silhouettes are amazing and the Dior’s haute
But he says the haute couture colours are like the palette of a painter, perhaps couture show
trade has changed, and designers (Pierre) Bonnard,” Cheung enthused. – AFP
should change with it. While the
“relation between the designer
and the client is very important”,
according to Murad, “[well- As crisis bites, Greek women drop boots for wellies
funded] women don’t have time
for ﬁttings anymore.” FLASHY BOOTS have become an early casualty in debt-
Karl Lagerfeld addressed this hit Greece where thousands of thrift-minded women
issue too when he was interviewed are switching to rubber wellingtons instead, top-selling
by the Telegraph, claiming that Greek daily Ta Nea said last week.
“haute couture has become a At a time when the recession-hit country’s govern-
private jet business”, which ment plans tax hikes and beneﬁt cuts, boot sales have
has designers travel to their Zuhair Murad Spring Summer fallen up to 20% while their humble rubber cousins are
clients instead of the other way 2010 Haute Couture ﬂying off the shelves, the daily said.
around. “Boots were supposed to have been a vital ac-
As for ready-to-wear, Murad that will die down soon.” (he incorporated spikes cessory this year but the crisis and mild weather
told Relaxnews that designers And he added that in order and studs into ﬂowing gowns) and changed all that,” Christos Doryzas, a
needed to be far more sensitive to increase their reach, collabora- classic elegance, between military commercial manager at Greek shoe-
for trends than in haute couture. tions with fast fashion retailers – inspired by Napoleonian uni- makers Dexim, told the newspaper.
However, he doesn’t approve such as H&M or Uniqlo were far forms – and soft baroque. Female Greek shoppers usually wait for
of the current celebrity-turned- less damaging to their image. shapes were celebrated with pad- the January sales to replenish their winter
designer phenomenon: “It’s a Zuhair Murad showed his dings on hips and corset dresses, wardrobes but some manufacturers were running out
hundred percent commercial,” he haute couture collection on Jan and the micro skirts paired with of Wellingtons even before the store offers began last month, Ta Nea said.
told Relaxnews. “People should 26. His dresses were poised be- dramatic trains at the back look “Greek women would never have dared appear in Wellington boots a few years ago,”
stick to what they know. If she’s a tween masculinity and femininity, as if another successful red carpet said Argyris Georgoudas, general manager of a shoe company that represents British
singer, let her sing. [...] It’s a wave between trendy rock’n’roll chic season lurks on the horizon. shoemakers Clarks and Swiss-based Bally in Greece.
“But their sales have been rising for the past three years, and this year there was a
real spurt in the market,” he said.
Stylish summer Gift of love Rainboot sales are currently up around 30%, bucking a 15-20% fall in overall shoe
PRESENTING a fresh new look, the BOSS A UNIVERSAL emblem of Greeks spend an estimated 1.5 billion euros (RM7.5 billion) a year on shoes, the paper
Orange Collection for 2010 Spring/Summer love, the heart has held mean- said. – AFP Relaxnews
collection for men is contemporary, casual ing for centuries. In early eras,
and citiﬁed. it was thought to be the centre
The driving force behind the new direc-
tion since 2008, Eyan Allen, Creative Direc-
of emotion and symbolised love, warmth and
courage. The heart represents life and gifting The new blues
tor of BOSS Orange came out with stylish your heart, signiﬁes the selﬂess act of giving
summer looks in which 1950s vintage, everything to someone you love. FOR spring 2010, Banana Republic
denim and workwear inﬂuences meld with To capture this simple yet powerful affec- introduces their new denim collection.
contemporary and conceptual elements. tion, RISIS celebrates the magic of love this With new washes and new ﬁts, you can
Cuts are streamlined and the shapes are Valentine’s Day captivating hearts by in- now look forward to new ways to wear
clean while special ﬁnishing treatments lend troducing the Hearts in Love Collection. them.
the styles an unusual feel and colour inten- This stylish assortment of pendants Denim to ﬁt any occasion, work or
sity. Stylishly washed, this versatile fabric each feature a heart-shaped locket casual, let Banana Republic create your
takes the shape of overalls, tailored jeans in adorned with elements reminiscent perfect denim look head-to-toe building
vintage ﬁnishings, and fresh interpretations of love and the delight of the ultimate denim wardrobe.
of classic denim shirts that make a laidback, being in love. Drizzled with The mood of understated ease is
authentic statement. Reworked chinos and lustrous enamel, glittering exempliﬁed in the blues. The denim as-
a plaid shirt, denim jackets featuring work- crystals and gold accents, sortment spans the colour spectrum:
wear detailing, and a denim trench coat all each locket is also plated hues borrowed from faded azure skies,
send a message of relaxed masculinity. in glossy rhodium and cornﬂower blue and Jasper John’s deep,
Waxed technical fabrics provide a dangles from a smooth familiar indigo.
masculine touch, reinvented trench coats, chain. Newly redrawn denim silhouettes
uniform jackets and hooded windbreakers The Hearts in Love for men and women include The Boy-
come in coated linen or cotton. Denim ac- Collection is available friend and The Ultimate Skinny-feature
cessories– the season’s highlights – include at Risis Gift Galleries saturated washes, streamlined ﬁts or
rucksacks, sneakers and shoes featuring a in Mid Valley Megamall, artfully de-constructed ﬁnishes.
mix of denim-look linen, suede and patent Suria KLCC and Pavilion Available at an affordable price
leather. Kuala Lumpur or starting from RM309, the Banana
Boss Orange is exclusively available at Risis online (www.risis. Republic Spring 2010 collection is avail-
M Store in The Gardens Mall. For more com). – Soo Wern able at Suria KLCC and The Gardens
information, visit www.hugoboss.com. Jun Mall. – Soo Wern Jun