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Glamorous, precious Carmen Kass

For March 2011 fashion editorial A Precious Glam, published in Vogue Italy Estonian top model Carmen Kaas plays a sly, elegant woman from high society, a strong-minded heiress looking a lot like Katharine Hepburn in Hollywood Golden Era screwball comedies (The Philadelphia Story, 1940, Holiday, 1938).

A precious glam - Vogue Italia
Carmen Kass in Vogue march 2011
by Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia
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fashion editorial Vogue Italia, march 2011
Carmen Kass in Vogue march 2011
by Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia
A precious glam - Vogue Italia

Royal Couture

Here is another proof of Steven Meisel's photographic artistry in the form of a fashion editorial simply entitled “Couture”. With a styling that reminds me of 18th century European royal court paintings and especially of Queen Marie Antoinette, these Haute Couture designs are more than appropriate.
Featured in March 2005 issue of Vogue Italia the photo shoot gathers quite the bunch of top-models: Lydia Hearst, Malin Martensson, Kim Noorda, Ilona Kuodiene and Barbara Fialho.
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Givenchy Couture Fall 2008

Riccardo Tisci has done for Givenchy what Nicolas Ghesquière achieved at Balenciaga: making the brand his own, giving it a young, modern, urban edge. Of course the classic Givenchy spirit remains intact through sharp tailoring and attention to detail. But the gothic-glamour style, biker jackets and head-to-toe one-color outfits are Tisci's signature.

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2008

The Honourable Daphne Guinness

Blue-blooded socialite, style-icon and haute-couture maniacal collector Daphne Guinness plays the main part in the "Future Couture" fashion editorial featured in Italian Vogue.

The pictures, that emanate a strong ‘80s Sci-Fi movie' atmosphere, are done by American photographer Steven Klein, and are styled by the heiress herself (she's also a well known fashion journalist and stylist), hence the "armour" look, which she finds great interest in.

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"The Honourable Daphne Guinness"
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Photo: Steven Klein

Alexis Mabille spring 2009

Chic Française, undeniable freshness and charming humour, the spring 2009 collection, based on "an imaginary mixed school" is the second one for designer Alexis Mabille presented during Haute Couture season in Paris.

Young couturier Alexis Mabille earned the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture diploma in 1997 and designed for Ungaro, Nina Ricci, Dior and John Galliano before launching his own line of both RTW womenswear and menswear in 2005.

Alexis Mabille spring 2009

The Duchess by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld steps again behind the camera for the October 2008 issue of UK Harper's Bazaar and shows us how a Duchess should look like. Playing the part of eccentric Georgina, the Duchess of Devonshire is her descendant, mysterious icon Stella Tennant. Fellow blue-blood Lady Amanda Harlech does the styling and dresses the Scottish supermodel in haute couture gowns signed Chanel, Dior or Armani Prive.


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Magazine: Harper's Bazaar

Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld

Model: Stella Tennant

Elie Saab Couture Fall 2008

Michelangelo's oeuvres provided

Elie Saab

with a rich color inspiration, which went from sienna brown to cerulean blue to old pink and powder hue, while Renaissance style was a good pretext for shaping taffeta, muslin, tulle and organza into extravagant flourishes and floor-sweeping wide trains.
Elie Saab couture fall 2008 collection

Valentino Couture Fall 2008

First couture show for young designer Alessandra Facchinetti brought a fresh vibe to the Italian fashion house of Valentino. The starting point was a new strong romanticism, without the typical Valentino sweetness. Alessandra found inspiration in van Dyck oeuvres, contemporary paper sculpture and the house embroidery archive.

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Valentino Couture Spring 2008

Valentino Garavani said goodbye to fashion world with his last couture show held on the 23rd of January, 2008. And what a farewell it was! The collection was an impressive array of over seventy outfits celebrating a long and successful career.

Valentino Couture

Christian Lacroix Couture Spring 2008

"An Angel Passing By", Christian Lacroix spring 2008 couture collection is a delightful mix of exuberant designs, all accessorized with ombre-tinted tights. Christian Lacroix delights as usual with his spring/summer 2008 couture collection presented on 22nd of January, 2008. Each and every look of this collection, named "An Angel Passing By", is unique, exuberant and very elaborate in an apparently effortless way.

Christian Lacroix Couture

Anne Valérie Hash Couture Spring 2008

A.V. Hash's couture spring 2008 collections is best described by sheer fabrics cleverly cut into viable clothes using layering and pleating techniques as well as strategically placed beading. Anne Valérie Hash (1971, Paris) graduated from Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in 1995. After working for Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Dior she launched her own label in 2001. Two years later she was granted with the prestigious Andam Award for a promising young fashion designer, a honor also received by Martin Margiela in 1989 and by Viktor&Rolf in 1994.

Anne Valérie Hash

Givenchy Couture Spring 2008

Givenchy Spring 2008 Couture Show, held at Paris on the 22nd of January, started with designer's friend and house mascot Mariacarla Boscono dressed in a sharp black doublet jacket and a molded circle skirt with a white frilled lining edging out. Givenchy Spring 2008 Couture Show pursues a new line. "Gothic Ballerina" is how Riccardo Tisci describes his latest couture collection for the notorious Parisian House.

Givenchy Couture Spring

Atelier Versace Spring 2008

Latest Atelier Versace collection showed some gorgeous long gowns, fit for the red carpet: draping, pleats, long mermaid-y tails in white, black and striking shades of red, copper, turquoise or midnight blue.

Donatella Versace presented the spring 2008 collection of her couture line in the discreet setting of Versace Paris boutique's back room. Fifteen gowns were shown, many of them red carpet material. The Atelier Versace line took serious steps forward in terms of sophistication, taste, and fabrics.

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Diva's worship of High Fashion

"They are beautiful as the angels and worship-worthy as one thousand Saints: Diva shows the precious couture creations." The December issue of the Austrian magazine, Diva, features an amazing Byzantine-Icons-inspired photo shoot dedicated to those who worship high fashion.

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