Haute Couture is synonymous with opulence and drama; the utmost form of fashion is not mass-fabricated ready-to-wear – its carefully and uniquely crafted in France. We’ve rounded up eight trends we saw and loved at the Fall Couture 2019 runway shows, including mini-dresses, loud prints, and statement accessories.
What’s couture without theatrical camp? Jean Paul Gaultier showed a series of hats that were also dresses, while other designers like Givenchy and Elie Saab opted for more traditional, organic headwear: stone diadems and flower crowns in gold and metallics.
Models strutted the runways in voluminous statement coats, filling up the stage with feathers, ruffles and fur.
MINI DRESS, MEGA STATEMENT
From commercial houses like Fendi to more under-the-radar designers like Scognamiglio and Van Herpen, the mini-dress was a couture staple – whether body-con or commodious, there’s a leg show-stopper for everyone.
Start the drama from the top down; fall couture brought out a declaration of “more is more” when it comes to blouses and tops. Fabrics are shiny and loud, amping the sleeves and collars that come in extra-large sizes.
If Haute Couture is known for anything, it’s for its monumental, regal gowns. Giambattista Valli is a tulle aficionado – it runs in his design blood. His Haute Couture collection showed almost every number in different lengths and colored tulles. Other designers like Dior went more subtle: the tulles came in black and the volume was sprinkled around.
BIG POLKA DOT, SMALL POLKA DOT
Couture also comes in dots for Fall 2019. Whether tiny or massive, dots and circles were printed on gowns, mini-dresses, and bandeaus. Dundas created a series of all-over polka-dot minis, while Schiaparelli opted to use them as accents.
Dragging a cape around has never been more graceful. Almost every Fall Couture 2019 designer presented a form of floor-sweeping cape – the variation came in the colors and fabrics; the length remained congruous across collections.
Couture Fall 2019 is bringing back the 90s shoulder pads with a twist – in 2019 they’re pointy, lofty and luxurious. Valentino’s color palette was lively, lending a superhero semblance to his collection – while others (i.e. Margiela) came in dark hues, adding a Disney villain feel to the already eerie designs.