Haute Couture for Spring 2011 was shown in Paris a few weeks ago. I searched through them on Style.com looking for future trends in fashion design. I looked for commonalities between the collections but felt as if I found very little. Each couturier seemed to work from their own set of design principals and inspiration.
For Alexis Mabille it was the white plaster maquettes of sculptor, Atoine Bourdelle,
At Dior, John Galliano looked back to the work of fashion illustrator, René Gruau, the illustrator "whose work for Christian Dior in the forties and fifties created the house's most iconic imagery." (Tim Blanks, Style.com)
For Jean Paul Gaultier it was punk rock. "The invitation safety-pinned a piece of fishnet to a piece of cardboard. The run of show named outfits after "Anarchy in the U.K." and "London Calling." And that was Sid's "My Way" playing as we walked in." (Tim Blanks, Style.com)
Jean Paul Gaultier
At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci obsessed about Japan, "Not the land of obis and geishas, he said, but the Japan of robot toys and the dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose intensely ritualized style of performance, called Butoh, was a huge influence on Tisci's friend, the singer Antony Hegarty. When Ohno died, Antony and the Johnsons performed a tribute concert that so inspired Tisci, the dead man became a sort of muse for the designer. (Tim Blanks, Style.com)
I'm fascinated by asymmetry," said Bouchra Jarrar after her show. "I'm looking for the harmony in asymmetry, because this is life, I think."
For Giorgio Armani it was simply the gleam of gemstones.
So kudos to WWD for noticing that, "While some looks sparkled and shined, others showcased diamond shapes within subtle embroideries, geometric patterns and intricate pleating."
Jean Paul Gaultier
Diamond patterns continue to be shown for Fall 2011, this dress from Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011