The Magic of Haute Couture

Fashion is associated with the wide variety of clothes and accessories that we see all around us on a daily basis. The word itself sparks thoughts about the latest trends and most sought-after pieces. However, this intense focus on street fashion can make us forget the branch of fashion which tends to transcend the sphere of ordinary life. You all know what I am referring to: the magical world of haute couture. It is the place where fashion and art become one; where designers express themselves in unthinkable ways; and where the only limit is one's own imagination. 

Artistic pieces have been generated in the world of fashion for centuries and started even before the English couturier Charles Frederick Worth, in 1858, established the first haute couture house in Paris. 

Today, the biggest names in fashion are continuing to impress with their extravagant designs. Given the move towards more liberal and diverse societies we can today see what those before us could not even dream about. So take a break from the reading and delve into the world of Autumn/Winter 2016 Couture.

A model wearing this Alexandre Vauthier A/W 2016 creation might not be able to pass through a door easily but once she does she will certainly make an impression. 

A model wearing this Alexandre Vauthier A/W 2016 creation might not be able to pass through a door easily but once she does she will certainly make an impression. 

Chanel knew it, Karl knows it, and we know it: black means breathtakingly beautiful at Chanel A/W 2016.

Chanel knew it, Karl knows it, and we know it: black means breathtakingly beautiful at Chanel A/W 2016.

Dolce and Gabbana's AW 2016 show has made it clear: this season is all about the head piece! 

Dolce and Gabbana's AW 2016 show has made it clear: this season is all about the head piece! 

If you want to look glamorous and sexy Elie Saab has just demonstrated what you need to do: wear something long, off-the-shoulder, and semi-transparent! 

If you want to look glamorous and sexy Elie Saab has just demonstrated what you need to do: wear something long, off-the-shoulder, and semi-transparent! 

Did someone say tulle?! An amazing creation by Giambattista Valli. 

Did someone say tulle?! An amazing creation by Giambattista Valli. 

I’m not sure how I would get dressed if this Maison Margiela piece was my outfit of choice. What I do know is that there are no limits to John Galliano’s creativity! 

I’m not sure how I would get dressed if this Maison Margiela piece was my outfit of choice. What I do know is that there are no limits to John Galliano’s creativity! 

Everyone knows that big necklaces are here to stay, and Nicholas Oakwell is confirming it!

Everyone knows that big necklaces are here to stay, and Nicholas Oakwell is confirming it!

Whoever said less is more didn’t know Viktor and Rolf! 

Whoever said less is more didn’t know Viktor and Rolf! 

Kenzo X H&M

It has finally been showcased: H&Ms new designer collaboration collection! This time they have teamed up with Kenzo, the French luxury fashion house. Diversity is the theme behind the collection designed by creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. This means that there should be something out there for everyone, given the diverse student body at the LSE.

The theme of diversity is clearly expressed through the campaign’s diverse ambassadors, who range from age, looks, and occupation. There are the models Iman Abdulmajid and Chloe Sevigny; actress Rosario Dawson; musician and composer Riyuchi Sakamoto; activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez; hip-hop artist Chance The Rapper; and rapper Suboi.

The Runway Show was anything but ordinary with models and the audience dancing! This was, of course, inspired by Kenzo Takada’s own shows back in the 70s and 80s which often looked like real parties with dancers and performers. 

(You can take a 16 minute study break and enjoy the show by watching the clip at the end of this post!) 

The collection is filled with animal prints in various colours, all sorts of bold patters and completely crazy clothing combinations! In short, if you want to stand out this year, rebel against dark autumn colours or just have fun why not invest in a piece from this talked-about, soon-to-come Kenzo X H&M collection?

The Kenzo X H&M collection lands in 250 selected stores worldwide, as well as online, on November 3rd.

#LFW: Our Five Favourites

Burberry

The British fashion house staged their first 'see now buy now' show, in line with the biggest trend in the industry: giving power to consumers, and letting them be heard. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's Orlando, a tale of a poet who switches genders throughout centuries, it was a stylish nod to the newfound gender fluidity. There were Elizabethan-inspired elements, think ruffled sleeves, combined with modern it-items that will sell out immediately. We loved the bell-sleeved shearling jacket and the military coats. 

Christopher Kane

If Christopher Kane’s show makes you feel uneasy, not to worry, that’s the point. The clothes we saw mixed something from the old and the new. While the title of the collection is Make do and Mend, the name of a 1940s British government pamphlet of how-to tips for women about adapting their clothes to last longer in times of rationing, the collection was aimed at young it-girls. It’s the alchemy that we love: slit pencil skirts, leather coats with broderie anglaise details, and liquid metallic lamé dresses.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Witches were the inspiration for Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, but in a Preen-like fashion, this collided with elements of goth. The result? Creative magic. There were glitter skirts combined with them most delicate chiffon tops; a velvet dress of crushed rainbow pattern; pentagram symbols. We want it all.

Erdem

Erdem Moralioglu knows that a woman's love for a floral dress has no bounds, and plays on that precisely and successfully. To call his pieces simply 'floral dresses' is an understatement, though, since they hold such a myriad of intricacies and symbolisms, you could get caught into a spiral of research trying to chase his references down. This time, it's a news story about how divers in the North Sea discovered the drowned wardrobe of a lady-in-waiting for the wife of Charles I of England. 

J. W. Anderson

Jonathan Anderson's shows have become the centrepiece of LFW. His mercurial mind goes through obscure references at an incredible speed. At times, it's difficult to grasp, but for spring/summer the collection took a slower pace. Henry the Eighth's slashes sleeves were a starting point, but we loved the summer fit-and-flare dresses, and the slouchy bags.

#LFW: The Best Streetstyle Looks

It's London Fashion Week, our favourite time of the year. While we do love spending hours on Style.com (now Vogue Runway), it's the street style looks that set the stage for the upcoming trends we'll be following. From Camille Charrière's quintessentially Parisienne style with a mix of classic Brit, to Giovanna Battaglia and her innate elegance, check out our favourite looks so far.