Couture Crushes: Our Favorite Collections from Fall 2011 Couture

From heavy wools and plush velvets that made me long for cold so that I could snuggle into their warmth, to ephemeral creations of lace, sequins, and chiffon that evoked the crystalline dance of snowflakes, the Fall 2011 couture shows turned out a host of gorgeous garments. I can never get enough of couture, so I picked some of my favorites to share with you!

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Elie Saab – Hands down the best show of the lot, there’s only one word to describe the Elie Saab couture collection – impeccable. Not only did each ethereal garment take my breath away, but the progression of looks was seamless. Beginning with ice blue, then flowing into white, peach, brown, and navy, the collection made one feel as though they were watching the passing of a snow-coated day, from the first light in the sky, to the glitter of sun on snow, to the fall of dusk, to settling of night.

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Armani Privé – Although not bowled over by all the looks, I really enjoyed the Armani Privé collection for its fantastic architectural lines and Japanese influence, particularly as seen in these two looks. And, anyone who knows me won’t be surprised to hear I loved the hats. Best of all, though, this collection is a tribute of sorts, as Armani has been donating to a UNESCO program focused on helping the youth affected by the earthquake that hit Japan earlier this year.

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Dior –Though the polite disappointment in the Dior show was more widespread than Justin Bieber’s popularity, I couldn’t help but appreciate the fun spirit of the first few looks. It was as though Saved By the Bell had transformed into an ensemble (in a good, albeit humorous, way!), and the quirky geometric shapes and ’80s influence made me smile.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier– Jean-Paul Gaultier masterfully drew upon retro silhouettes, from the New Look form to the wiggle dress, yet added intriguing touches that thrust the outfits into a modern aesthetic. The collection beautifully danced across many an era of trendsetting looks, or, as put it, “…this collection cast its eye back over decades of boundary-pushing, taboo-busting innovation in design.”

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Valentino– If done right, stunning fabric can go a long way in taking a piece from just fine to fantastic, and Valentino mastered that here. The decadent fabrics used in this show were complemented perfectly by clean, simple silhouettes, resulting in a bevvy of elegant dresses marching astride several fantastic coats, such as the sci-fi-meets-retro cape at right.

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Giambattista Valli – The Giambattista Valli collection was a bit hit and miss. As long as he stuck to trim, fluid silhouettes, things looked gorgeous, but the minute he added volume, things went awry (as displayed by the leopard-print number with a gigantic waist puff above). Perhaps these voluminous choices could have worked with less complex fabrics and patterns, but as it stands, these pumped up creations fell flat.

Which of the above looks, or of the complete collections, is your favorite?

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  1. Katie 07/08/2011 at 4:18 pm #

    The Elie Saab collection is gorgeous. I’d love to own that Navy dress.

  2. Sydney 07/08/2011 at 4:40 pm #

    I love #2 and #6 of Elie Saab, #2 of Jean-Paul Gaultier, and both of Valentino’s looks.

  3. Lauren 07/08/2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Both of Valentino’s looks are wonderful. And I love looks 2, 4 and 6 of Elie Saab, so romantic and flowy!

  4. Ciara 07/08/2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I love these, especially Saab and Gaultier.

  5. Carrie 07/08/2011 at 7:37 pm #

    The Elie Saab and Valentino collections are my favorite. The Elie Saab one is my fantasy collection for my fantasy life where people still go to supper clubs to watch big bands play and do the foxtrot. Funny about the Dior– I just blogged about that one with side-by-side comparisons to Jem doll fashions!

  6. Katie 07/08/2011 at 11:19 pm #

    ;_;!!! ELIE SAAB!!! I saw those pictures and almost cried. I want to wear #3 as my wedding dress. Now nothing will ever work… *sigh* how wonderfully disappointing. Love, love love it. I’d kill for any of those gowns.

  7. Linzy 07/08/2011 at 11:41 pm #

    0_0 OMG! I nearly passed out when I saw those Elie Saab dresses! AMAZING! Absolutely gorgeous. 2, 3, 5, 6 are my favorites. Gorgeous!

    Little Acorns

  8. Charlotte 07/09/2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Ellie Saab’s are beautiful. That navy dress is divine! And I love the Valentino ones too.

  9. Sophie 07/10/2011 at 2:09 am #

    The Elie Saab collection is breathtaking! And I actually like Dior, it’s kind of whimsical 🙂

  10. Hadeel 07/10/2011 at 9:28 am #

    Ellie Saab, and valentino! they’re truly amazing! <3

  11. Bee's Knees 07/11/2011 at 2:58 pm #

    i am a huge, long time eli saab fan,and he never disappoints. i have never seen a bad collection from him.
    i also like JPG. im really into the modern 50s look,so im appreciating him designs more than ever

  12. AlbeeLucky 07/11/2011 at 8:20 pm #

    The Ellie Saab is so ethereal. Every piece is so dreamy in it’s silhouette and materials used.

  13. Nina 07/12/2011 at 1:55 am #

    the Elie Saab dresses are gorgeous and would be perfect on celebrities…however i would totally wear Dior’s. way more my style. and so fun

  14. Sunday Crossbow 07/13/2011 at 4:47 pm #

    so gorgeous. I’m in love with all of them.

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