Since Couture season has just about wrapped up, we thought we would dedicate this trend report to Evening Wear from Couture 2014. Couture is a fashion term that gets tossed around a lot, however it is very often misused. Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2014The definition of couture is “the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements,”. This type of design originated in France, where most garments are stitched by hand with impeccable quality. Less than one percent of people actually wear couture, yet the outrageous fashions shown at Couture Week do have their way of trickling down into more main-stream and ready-to-wear styles.

If I could use one word to summarize Fall 2014 collections, it would be embellishment. As I touched on earlier, this type of collection is extremely different than ready-to-wear or resort collections. It doesn’t have to be wearable, and the average person would have a very difficult time trying to pull off these designs. So that means that designers have the opportunity to get way more creative with their Couture collections.

Sparkles were a big trend in Couture, especially on evening dresses. Elie Saab, Chanel, Maison Martin Margiela, and many others showed sparkly, attention-grabbing dresses that stole the show.Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring Summer 2014 ParisChanel, Houte Couture, Fall Winter, 2014, Fashion Show in Paris


Maison Martin Margiela- Couture

Embellishments were huge this season in evening wear, and sparkles aren’t the only ornamentations we saw. Believe it or not, fur was big for evening wear too. This was illustrated by Serkan Cura and a few others. Other examples of embellishments were billowing fabrics on dresses at Chanel, or webbing on dresses from Zuhair Murad.

Serkan Cura, Haute Couture, Fall Winter, 2014, Fashion Show in Paris

Chanel blue dress- coutureZuhair Murad, Couture, Fall Winter, 2013, Paris

Hoop Skirts were also a big trend this year, from Jean Paul Gaultier, to Dior, these heavy-hitters of fashion show this look has staying power. Think more architectural, as opposed to a 1950’s style hoop skirt.

Jean-Paul Gaultier, Couture, Fall Winter, 2014, Fashion Show in ParisDior- Couture

Avant-garde is also a word that can be used to describe a lot of the looks we saw this season. The looks shown below from Vionnet, Schiaparelli and Serkan Cura, illustrate just how creative these shows can get. The exaggerated silhouettes, striking textures, and cut-outs with intricate details drive these avant-garde looks. Adding colors/ sparkles (even leopard print!) to certain textures created even more depth and an intricate look that screams “couture fashion”.

Vionnet Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014_15 Paris July 2014SCHIAPARELLI- coutureJean Paul Gaultier- couture

Couture fashion isn’t meant to be relatable, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see these styles be adapted for more affordable, user-friendly wear. Contact JLD-Studios today if this blog post inspires you to add more embellishment into your next collection.