Oh man, so much happening right now in the world of fashion, namely the Fall 2009 Haute Couture shows and the August cover of W starring Lara Stone and whatnot. It's intresting to see the Haute Couture collections of big fashion houses designed during the ongoing recession - it's no accident that John Galliano's Dior was so stripped down, literally, and that this time Chanel's epic stage had the cash cow of the company, the iconic design of No.5 perfume bottle, blown up as the background. The contrast between the huge white bottles and the models strutting past them wearing five figure pieces culminates where the fashion industry (key word: industry) is today. Or where the industry part of it has taken fashion today. Even Lacroix, sweetie, had adjusted! Yet Haute Couture Fall 2009 had an collection that almost made everyone forget the economic situation and concentrate on what matters and the honour of that goes to Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, one of the youngest couturiers ever, who delievered an immaculate collection. Valentino may have retired on time...the new king of Paris is undoubtedly an Italian one though his inspiration this time came from elsewhere. It's just appropriate that his muse, on and off the runway, Lara Stone graces the cover of W with her name written on the cover with big letters, like she was an actress or someone big enough to move copies anyways.
While the magazine business keeps on striving, this seasons Haute Couture is very much an digital one: the shows are twittered from the beginning to the end, making them online immediately. Long gone are the odd hours after the show when the online world had to wait for the pictures to appear online since someone's Iphone has published them right there at the show. Imagine if the schedule of the Haute Couture wasn't so cut down? Would we have any free time at all instead of following twitter feeds about frocks like slaves? Wait...when was SS10 Ready-to-Wear again? Lucky for me to not hold a job. Oh wait again...aren't we all fashion critics now, almost quicker than the ones who actually get paid for it?
Plus actually...somehow I feel that this recession has injected something to fashion that has made it intresting again. I can't really pin it down but all this blogging and twitter feeds combined with the will to survive in bad times..it's just exciting, isn't it? It's like there's a small fashion army with Haute Couture in the frontline.
Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2009 pictures from twitter.com/isaaclikes