Friday, July 11, 2014

Haute Couture F/W '14 Trend Report: Ombre looks

Jean Paul Gaultier gown Haute Couture Fall Winter 2014
A Jean Paul Gaultier gown from the F/W '14
Haute Couture collection illustrated by me
Over the last year we've all been witnesses of the 'ombre trend' that took the world of hair styling by storm. An endless number of girls would step out of beauty salons each day, working a newly colored 'do that usually goes from brown to extremely light blonde tips. Well guess what - the ombre technique isn't just for your hair anymore!

There were several successful attempts at ombre featured in last season's collections - most notably Burberry's Resort '15 garments that went from darker blues to white and then back again - but these color transitioning clothes were all over the couture shows from this week.

It all started at Atelier Versace, the first show on the Haute Couture schedule, where Donatella introduced an extremely luxurious version of the ombre trend by pairing gradient spark-ling turtlenecks in blue, purple and black with provocatively cut leather skirts that took the attendees' breath away.

The ombre then took a full swing at Giambattista Valli in the form of grand ballgowns which were actually consisted of ruf-fled tulle skirts and boyish shirt tops, while also appearing on Schiaparelli's runway where the new creative director Marco Zanini showed us how to subtly do gradient by using it on a pink 'Frankenstein' coat. Other notable mentions are Leba-nese designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad who as per de-cided to embroider their feminine ombre dresses to death and Russian socialite-cum-designer Ulyana Sergeenko who used the technique on heavy fur and mohair coats.
Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Schiaparelli Haute Couture collections Fall Winter 2014
From left: Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and Schiaparelli's F/W '14 Haute Couture collections

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