This week started off on a stellar note with the presentation of some of the New York based designers that expatriated to show their presentations in Paris this season. After that we were firmly on the couture track. Now I did not include any collection that did not earn a couture collection designation. Those looking for Rodarte and Proenza Schouler will have to check out my wishes reviews of the collections or my wish lists on Red Carpet Fashion Awards (Rodarte and Proenza Schouler.) While there are more collections and thus looks to choose from when it came to picking my 20 must see looks from the Resort 2018 collections I always find it harder to narrow down my couture wishes. I am in love with glamour and drama and that is what the couture shows bring to the runway. Picking one look from every designer is incredibly difficult and then narrowing down those looks to just 20 from all the shows is even more difficult. Ten years ago there were just a small handful of designers that showed couture collections. Now we have over 30 brands showcasing their collections in Paris. These collections always bring a lot of glamour to the red carpet. The following looks are my favorite from everything I saw over the course of couture week. Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition: The Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2017 Couture collection was not my favorite of all time from the brand. Instead of one of the collections where Mrs. Ferretti went all out with volume and embellishment it seemed like she focused more of draping, form, and construction with this collection. This blush 3/4 length sleeve bias cut gown with a v-back would make for a very glamorous turn for Jane Fonda. Often we see Jane go for a much more structured look than this fluid gown, but I think that it would deliver a sexy and feminine moment for her.
Alexis Mabille: Every couple of seasons Alexis Mabille decides to trade in his couture show for a presentation and a lookbook. This was one of those seasons. Sometimes I like seeing lookbooks over runways, but I feel like this collection needed a runway to really showcase the movement that these designs seem to have. I had a hard time choosing my favorite look from this collection but I was very taken with the bohemian glamour of this long buster midi dress with billowy platinum and gold pleated sleeves underscored by pearl-colored satin ribbons. My mind went all over trying to thing of who should wear this gown. I originally picked Florence Welch as the person I most wanted to see wearing this dress for my wish list for Red Carpet Fashion Awards and then someone made the comment that it would be perfect for Sienna Miller. Since I read that Sienna is the only person I can picture wearing this dress. The look totally suits her style and I think that for a premiere or gala event that it would be perfection.
Armani Prive: I want to love the Armani Prive Fall 2017 Couture collection. As I was watching the pictures of the show come in on NowFashion I was incredibly hopeful. The beginning of the show was so chic and elegant, but as the show continued the tacky and overdone side of Armani came out. There are a few bright spots in the collection that I am in love with. The strapless tea length column gown was my favorite piece from the collection. The minute that the picture loaded I knew that it was going to be the best piece in this collection and I know that it will be snatched up by someone for the red carpet. Kate Beckinsale is the first person I thought of when I saw this gown. It was almost as instantaneous of a connection as it was when I first saw the dress. The silhouette is her favored shape and I do really believe that with the bold colors in the embellishments that she would really make this dress come to life.
Ashi Studio: Ashi Studio only presents their collections in a lookbook. The Dubai based couture brand has been a favorite of some of the most glamorous fashionistas. Araya A. Hargate, Sonam Kapoor, Zendaya, Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, Fan Bingbing, and Janelle Monae are just a few of the ladies who have shown this rising couture label some red carpet love. I would absolutely die if Tilda Swinton called up the brand and got this fully embroidered long sleeve a-line gown with a plunging neckline and ruffle. This gown could be a truly magical red carpet statement and I think that with someone statuesque like Tilda wearing it I think that it could turn into a best dressed of the year worthy moment. Atelier Versace: For the second season in a row Donatella has opted to show her Atelier Versace collection during couture week at private appointment only presentations. The lookbook for the collection was released on Monday and there were many gorgeous looks to take in. This was another one of the extremely hard collections to narrow down to just one. I picked several of the looks from this collection for my Red Carpet Fashion Awards wish list, and even there I picked Emma Stone to wear this black and gold embroidered halter gown. This is one of my favorite wishes for the season and with Emma having a movie to promote this fall and presenter duties at the awards shows in the spring I just think that it would be a perfect look for Emma to don for one of her many appearances.
Azzedine Alaia: It has been six years since Azzedine Alaia last presented a couture collection with his fall 2011 couture presentation. Back then there were only 25 looks in the show. This season Monsieur Alaia presented 68 looks which ranged from gorgeous coats to casual dresses to suits and cocktail dresses to gowns. There are definitely some red carpet moments hiding in this collection. Alaia is one of the most exclusive labels and only a few of the looks will ever see a red carpet on the back of a celebrity. Diane Kruger, a red carpet queen, has only worn one Alaia gown on a red carpet in her time and that was back in 2012. I would love to see Diane step out on a red carpet wearing this black and nude knit ball gown. The gown screams elegance, and it something different from Alaia for the red carpet, but still holds all the signatures of the house true.
Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld showcased a love letter to Paris on the runway at the Chanel Fall 2017 Couture presentation. He erected a recreation of the Eiffel Tower hidden amongst the clouds in the middle of the Grand Palais and the clothes just saluted effortless French glamour. The show started with several takes on the classic Chanel tweed suit and transitioned into some absolutely gorgeous evening wear before completing with a beautiful bride. The latest take on the classic Chanel LBD was this a-line midi dress which features a plunging knotted neckline and a peplum and out of all the beautiful dresses in the collection it was my favorite. The beautiful Lily Collins will probably be making an appearance at at least one of the fall film festivals and I think that this would make for such a chic moment for her.
Elie Saab: The hardest collection out of all of them to narrow down to just one look. The king of the red carpet presented a collection of 60 looks and I saved 54 of the looks. I was very taken with this collection. After being kind of bored with the repetitive Spring 2017 Couture collection the house delivered I was taken with the bold colors and even bolder silhouettes that this collection showcased. Even with my wish list for Red Carpet Fashion Awards I sent 16 looks when I was usually only sending 8 or 10 for the rest of the shows. It was ultimately the wish that I most want to see which made me pick this blueish grey ballgown with a plunging neckline, gold beading, and feather embellishments for this list. The beautiful English actress Laura Haddock has been a growing red carpet star and her style is very classically feminine. I think that she would look lovely wearing this feathered confection on a red carpet. The gown ticks all of the boxes of glamour that Laura looks for in a red carpet ensemble. Maybe we will see her bring this gown to life at the BAFTA’s during awards season. Georges Chakra: Usually I don’t get that into what Georges Chakra creates, but the last 3 seasons of couture have been really strong. We see a log of really great looks from the designer on the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Lily Collins (all who share the same stylists,) and Janelle Monae when it comes to big red carpet moments, but we often see the label more on music and television red carpets. I went with a television start to wear this dark midnight blue edgy draped one sleeve gown from the Fall 2017 Couture collection because I am hoping now that Pretty Little Liars is over that Shay Mitchell will start to take projects that will get her out on the red carpet more. Shay has always been my favorite fashionista from the TV series and is the one that is the most underrated. I think that if Shay stepped out wearing this gown on the red carpet that people would have no choice but to take notice of her.
Georges Hobeika: Much like Georges Chakra I find Georges Hobeika to be another very underrated couturier. The designer interned at Chanel and has this gorgeous aesthetic about him and I really want to see more of his creations on the red carpet. His Spanish themed Fall 2017 Couture collection is one of his best to date and I am just crossing my fingers that we get to see a lot of it on the red carpet. I think that Jennifer Lopez would just ooze elegant yet sexy glamour wearing this royal blue gown which features a sheer long sleeve embroidered blouse and metallic pleated skirt with a slit up to the hip. Of all the looks from this collection I most want to see this on a red carpet. I think that JLo would definitely deliver this look for any number of red carpets, maybe for the American Music Awards later this year?
Giambattista Valli: After a few seasons where I was just liking the stuff that came down the runway I am firmly in love with Giambattista Valli again. His Fall 2017 Couture collection reminded me why I fell in love with the designer in the first place, before he launched his couture collection. I loved the high glamour and dramatic silhouettes that Giambattista loves and this season was very inspired. Now while there were some really dramatic gowns and gorgeous cocktail dresses I found myself infatuated with this blue and green embellished tweep mini suit which I think would be perfect for Sofia Coppola. Sofia was all over couture week and while she tends to favor blah navy and black designs I think that this suit could be perfect while she campaigns for a Best Director Oscar run for The Beguiled.
Guo Pei: Chinese couturier Guo Pei became an internationally known designer when Rihanna wore the famous yellow cape from the designer for the Met Gala in 2015. Since then we have seen Guo Pei present her collections during Paris Couture Fashion Week. I never know what we are going to see from the designer as her inspiration really does vary from collection. Her Fall 2017 Couture collection was dubbed “Legends” and it paid tribute to the era of haute couture when life and dresses were just about glamour and elegance. I wish Guo Pei had presented this collection back in January because there were quite a few looks that I could have seen Fan Bingbing wearing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. This gown which features a beige off the shoulder ruffled bodice and a red satin trumpet skirt is gorgeous. While there were several looks with Chinese influenced embroidery I think that this gown just demonstrates drama and glamour and Fan is definitely the girl that knows about drama and glamour. Maison Margiela: I am always a big fan of Maison Margiela on the runways. The collections are always a visual and technical masterpiece. What makes me sad is that we don’t see a whole lot of Margiela on the red carpet. The runway shows don’t always offer many options, but we also don’t see many custom looks from the brand on the red carpets either. Cate Blanchett is one of the few that have worn Marigela on the red carpet and I would love to see her do that again wearing this black, white, and and gold tank gown which features a deconstructed design, which is a Marigela signature. Out of the twenty-three looks in this collection this is the only one that has any red carpet potential. The gown to me has this amazing potential and I think that this would be a perfect look for Cate to wear promoting Thor: Ragnarok later this year.
Rami Kadi: Rami Kadi is a rising couture label that has had two major red carpet moments in the past, both at the Cannes Film Festival. Last year Aishwayra Rai celebrated 15 years of walking the red carpet at Cannes wearing a Rami Kadi gown, and this year new L’Oreal girl Praya Lundberg wore a custom gown from the designer. Rami’s history mostly showed his love of ball gowns, but his Fall 2017 Couture collection focused more on structure and column silhouettes. I fell in love with this black, white, and emerald zebra column mullet dress which features amazing structured sleeves. Solange Knowles was the first person that came to mind when I saw this gown. It kind of reminds me of something KENZO would do and Solange has worn a lot of KENZO in the past. Solange also loves to find new designers and I think that she could take this gown and give it an amazing platform, giving Rami Kadi some major press.
Schiaparelli: The Schiaparelli Fall 2017 Couture collection was my absolute favorite collection of all Paris Couture Fashion Week. There are so many moments from this collection, which is titled “Shocking Society,” that we need to see on the red carpet. The look I most need to see on the red carpet was the strapless yellow chiffon gown which features a sweetheart neckline, cutout waist detail, and a brooch at the waist. Angelina Jolie was the first person to come to mind when I saw this dress. The silhouette is perfect for her and after she wore a shocking pink Schiaparelli gown last year I would hold out hope that she would wear the gown in the bold yellow. She has worn a gown in this color before, so there is hope.
Stephane Rolland: After two seasons of lookbooks Stephane Rolland was back on the runway with his Fall 2017 Couture collection. I haven’t been as in much of love with Stephane Rolland recently and this collection really did nothing to renew my love. I miss the days of big and dramatic runways, but there were a few saving graces that I think could be major red carpet moments. Nieves Alvarez is a muse for Stephane Rolland and opened this seasons show (as she has done several times.) No one wears Stephane quite like Nieves and I can just imagine the regal moment that she would set forth wearing this black and white furry skirted gown which features gold beaded cuffs. Nieves has topped my best dressed of the year list before, and this could do it again.Ulyana Sergeenko: There were a lot of collections that I really loved that surprised me. It has been seasons since I was last wowed by a Ulyana Sergeenko collection, but she definitely delivered one of her most glamorous collections yet. Ulyana designs for herself and it comes as a surprise each season to see what her mood is going to be for herself. This season Ulyana went on a very 1930’s Femme Fatale vibe which consisted of a black, white, pale yellow, navy, grey, red, brown, maroon, and nude color palette. A costume designer designing a World War II film could definitely go to this collection and pull looks for stars to wear on Screen. It was the simple strapless bustier midi column dress with an attached train that I think will be one of the most beautiful red carpet moment. I think that Lily James has this simplistic, yet very elegant red carpet look and that this gown would ensure that her aesthetic really gets to sing on a red carpet.
Valentino: After watching Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Fall 2017 Couture collection, his sophomore solo couture show, for Valentino I have come to a mind that he is just not a couturier. Back when he was paired with Maria Grazia Chiuri at the helm of Valentino it seemed like every collection was major. I think that she took the reigns with couture and Pierpaolo took the reigns with the ready-to-wear. There were 60 looks in this collection, and sadly there were only 24 looks that I saved with any hope of maybe having a red carpet moment (and some are definitely a stretch.) The beige and avocado green floral embroidered caped gown was by far one of my favorite looks from the collection, and from the collections in general. The dress evokes the glamour of 60’s fashion icons like Jackie Kennedy and I think that someone like Claire Foy, who has a very classically elegant look about her, would be perfect to wear this gown.
Ziad Nakad: I always love discovering new labels on the runways of Paris Couture and I discovered Lebanese based designer Ziad Nakad last fall and have been in love with his shows ever since. Now the designer is very similar to Elie Saab in his love for all things ball gown and embellishments. The silhouettes and the styles of his designs are nothing new, but extremely glamorous confections that would make the wearer just that much more regal. Sonam Kapoor knows how to do regal on the red carpet, and isn’t afraid to give a new designer a chance and I totally think that she would turn this black long sleeve embellished velvet ball gown with a feathered hemline and give it that wholly regal moment that it is on a red carpet. The key to this look would all be in the hair, makeup, and jewellery selections to just elevate the gown to an even more glamorous moment than it already is.
Zuhair Murad: Rounding out this list is Zuhair Murad. I was honestly shocked that when I made my final cut that Zuhair was on the list. The collection was very pretty, but I felt like we have seen it all before from the designer. Undoubtedly we will see several of these gowns on red carpets, but will any be a really major moment? I don’t know. If the feeling of déjà vu continues to the red carpet as it did on the runway you could pretty much be assured that I will have a hard time falling in love with something. This silver velvet draped gown with a one sleeve embellished bodice is very Chrissy Teigan and I really want to see her wearing it on the red carpet. As one Red Carpet Fashion Awards reader pointed out in a comment on my wish list for this collection, it is very reminiscent of the Zuhair gown she wore to the Oscars this year. I think that with some good styling I could fall in love with this look, and not have that sense of déjà vu.
Well there you have it. All my favorite looks from the Fall 2017 Couture collections. Which looks are your favorite? Which ones do you want to see on a red carpet? Who do you want to see wearing this collection? Leave some comments bellow. I would love to hear your thoughts.