You may have noticed that Cincy Couture has recently undergone some changes. What started as a tiny beauty blog is growing into something more exciting. While this website will still remain a blog, we’re expanding into a monthly magazine as well (publishing details are still to come, but if you’re an aspiring fashion journalist, there will be many options for collaboration!)
With this new global outlook comes another change – a name change! “Cincy Couture” is where we started (small and in Cincinnati) but we wanted a name that would better reflect who we’re connecting with – fashionistas from all over the world. So, from now on, we’ll be called “Haute Couture Society.”
Thanks to everyone who has connected with Cincy Couture. We’re not disappearing, we’re just evolving. As we enter this period of continued transition, we’ll still be posting lots of reviews, but starting in January of 2019, we’ll have even more to offer with the launch of our magazine!
While my engagement didn’t quite work out and I’m a single lady again, I was still excited to see the latest in Bridal Fashion that has come out over the last few weeks. Even though it is 2018, these were all shows for Spring 2019. Fashion shows are always so ahead of real life! Still, one trend I couldn’t help but notice is that so many designers used very full skirts in their bridal fashions this year. I thought I would put together a few of my favorites from shows that were posted on Vogue Runway, a great resources for those who want to stay on top of couture.
This first dress is from Elie Saab. Not only is this a gorgeous set for photo shoots, but I also love the floral embellishments on the bodice of this dress as well as the softer embellishments woven into the full tulle skirt.
This next dress is from Temperley London. While the skirt is still full, I love the mermaid style and the cascading lace in the front. Also, the lingerie-inspired bodice is a daring but beautiful choice.
This third one is from Marchesa. The fullness of this skirt is reminiscent of a wedding cake, and I like how the floral embellishments seem to be dripping between the layers of dress.
Next, we have another super dramatic skirt courtesy of Viktor & Rolf. The ruffled edging of each dress layer is stunning, although I imagine this works better for a runway than walking down the aisle of a real wedding.
Our penultimate dress is from Monique Lhuillier. This one looks like a complete fantasy to me. It gives me major Disney Princess vibes, and I adore the long train that accompanies this full skirt.
Finally, we have this dress from Jenny Packham, one of Duchess Kate’s favorite designers. The halter neckline and bodice are very reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, and the full skirt is more delicate than the others and feels very romantic.
Are you in the market for a wedding dress? What trends are shaping your search? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
Paris fashion week is wrapping up. I’ve enjoyed monitoring social media this past month to see what the major fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) have in store for their spring collections. It’s weird to me that the runway shows are always so many months ahead, but it does make sense since they’re influencing what trends and colors are going to appear in our stores and other designers need time to take that inspiration and make it an actual product.
Still, I can’t help but wonder what “couture” really means for the rest of us. The above picture is literally something that went down the runway last week. Would you wear it? No one would. That’s not really the point – which is what confuses me. How did fashion get to the point where the top designers are most interested in showing something that they know no one wants to wear?
There isn’t a clue in the definition of the word. “Couture,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, just means “fashionable dressmaking or design” or “high fashion.” By that meaning, one would think couture fashion would be something that the masses want to actually wear.
I do have a theory, though. I think that the absurd couture fashions are all about status symbols. If someone dares to buy a $8000 dress that they know looks terrible, it’s like they’re saying, “I’m so rich that I can do what I want. I’m too rich to feel foolish. You wish you were rich enough to waste this much money.”
Another theory I have is that couture designers are creating pieces of abstract art that are made to be seen rather than worn. Modern Art is all about geometry and color and texture. Just as other art forms have moved away from general aesthetics that please the senses and have become more about experimentation and being unsettlingly avant garde, perhaps fashion is following suit and becoming more about concept than function.
I’m curious about the trickle-down effect that couture runway shows play on everyday fashion though. Do they truly inspire the colors or textures we’re all going to see in stores in a few months? I mean, the above picture does exemplify ruching as a technique. Should we expect to see more of that in the spring?
I know this post probably seems overly rambly, and I apologize for that, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has thoughts on this. What do you make of couture fashion? How do you think it impacts our society? Do you feel inspired when you watch runway shows or do you find them comical? I’d love to see any and all types of opinions in the comment section.
Those who know me can attest that it is one of my life goals to be invited to the Met Gala. This exclusive event is huge in the fashion world, and it is hosted by none other than Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Each year, on the first Monday in May (which is also the title of a new documentary about the gala), celebrities and fashion icons come together and meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for this fundraiser to support the Costume Institute. I spent pretty much the entirety of my Monday evening on Snapchat to get instantaneous updates. This year’s theme was “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an age of technology.” Here are some highlights from the night:
Best Dressed Female: Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita nailed this theme! In a sea of metallic silvers, golds and blacks, she dared to go for a metallic color instead of a neutral. This brave, green choice really stood out and looked amazing against her skin tone. Also, that hair. It’s so fun.
Best Dressed Male: Zayn Malik
Most men who attend this event throw on an expensive tux and ignore the fact that there is a theme. Kudos to Zayn Malik who took the theme seriously and came with armored sleeves!
Worst Dressed Females: The Olsen Twins
Come on, Olsens. You have billions of dollars and cute figures. Why are you always hiding those petite silhouettes under oversized, unflattering things?
Worst Dressed Male: Kanye West
Oh, Kanye. This is such a missed opportunity. You’ve been invited to one of the most exclusive fashion events in the world and you show up with ripped jeans and shoes that clash with your jacket. I’m sure this is some great ironic statement, but I think this just looks sloppy.