by Angela Huang
Haute couture wouldn’t be haute couture without at least one dramatic dress. With a punk-sexy-modern-woman feel, Atelier Versace delivered show-stopping high-necked gowns, complete with fringe and thigh-high slits. Crisp whites and plums added to the dark, provocative element in the designs. Undeniably edgy and cool, you can see the likes of Burberry girls, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Moss wearing this collection.
Following the edgy vibe pulsing through most designers this fall, Alexis Mabille took inspiration from Susan Sontag, declaring that “what is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.” Imaginative and spectacular menswear-inspired pieces with Victorian-esque lace details added a hint of 16th century mystery and allure to his dresses. Blood red, forest greens, black, and nude with velvet and fur conveyed a sense of classic seduction that left onlookers desiring more and more.
Elie Saab maintained his signature look using intricate embellishments as well as basic colors to achieve a fall twist. Known for his embellished floor-length dresses with either a boat neck or plunging V with a thin belt, Saab used various shades of light pinks and maroons this season, as well as jewel-toned blues with lace and pearl decorations with hints of his ever-present trademark sequins. With their princesslike charm, you can bet on A-listers around the world doning these exquisite gowns.