The couture shows for Spring 2011 took place at the end of January and we are seeing more of the looks featured on the red carpet, including the Oscars. Here's an overview of the six main collections, from my least favorite to my most favorite:
Armani's collection, to me, was just off the mark. It didn't say "Armani". It said "TRON meets 90s-revival." The dresses over pants, shimmer fabrics, button hats, and dark purple lips didn't cut it. Out of 41 looks, these are the only looks I liked (and even then, just sort-of liked). Armani is traditionally classic and tailored with glamor and a bit of androgyny, not futuristic, shiny, and saucer-topped.
Valentino's collection was also drab in color, but it features some really well-designed details. The layered collars, ruffles, floral applique, and tiny bows were a delight amidst a sea of nude tones. The shimmer and beading in some of the more formal pieces was stunning. Again, I felt myself longing for a really great red dress. I felt that the silhouettes and detailing were there, but not the palette.
Elie Saab's couture collection was my favorite. I felt like it was everything a couture collection should be- elegant, entrancing, and stunningly gorgeous. The collection feature a wide range of colors- from rosey pinks to lavender, greens, reds, grays, and drop-dead sexy black. Each garment was showcased amazing details like three-dimensional flowers, beading, and lace. We've already seen several looks on the red carpet, including the lavender piece seen above on Mila Kunis at the Oscars and the off-the shoulder red number on Halle Berry. I don't blame them- if I were attending a red carpet event, Elie Saab would be my go-to man.
**Images via Style.com