It was at the afterparty. And damn, was it slayin’.
Oh Haute Couture Fashion Week! You come by twice a year and give us the most amazing, inspiring, unbelievably beautiful dresses which we love to dream about. Let’s be real, most of us will never get to wear an haute couture gown with price tags around $100,000 and up, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting to look at haute couture collections.
There is something so special about dresses that are clearly not made for everyday use, but only for the most special occasions. In a world where cheap, mass-produced clothes are the norm and we all look somewhat the same, it is quite refreshing to see one-of-a-kind creations, knowing that it took weeks or sometimes months to make them.
So let’s take a look at this haute couture fashion week’s dreamiest dresses that make us want to marry a billionaire just so we can see what it’s like to wear one of these gowns.
This off-the-shoulder sparkly gown looks like it belongs to a fashionable modern-day Disney princess. How gorgeous is the burgundy colour?
The tulle and pink flowers might seem innocent, but you better don’t forget to wear appropriate underwear with this revealing dress. It’s a showstopper.
If Audrey Hepburn got married today, she would wear this timeless Dior gown. Can’t you just see how it sways from side to side while she dances?
Three words that make every woman’s heart beat faster: Chanel Haute Couture. This interpretation of the little black dress is embellished with thousands of beads – a work of art.
Ballerina meets fairy – this flowy pink dress with gold appliqué is every girly-girl’s dream.
Donatella brings the sexy to haute couture. High slit and cut outs – this dress is not for the timid, but the many layers of flowy silk give it a softness and playfulness to balance the sexiness.
Images via style.com
Black and white continues to be a strong trend in celebrity fashion this week, with all black and all white outfits shining on the red carpet. But luckily for those that love colour there are dresses with bursts of gorgeous hues including vibrant yellows, dreamy plums and seafoam greens.
Marion Cotillard was one of our best dressed celebrities last week, and continues the theme this week in this stunning draped black Christian Dior Couture dress at the Marrakech Film Festival Closing Awards Ceremony.
Diane Kruger looks like a goddess in intricate Valentino Couture at the European Film Awards. Love that seafoam green.
Zoe Saldana looked chic in head-to-toe white Lanvin at the Niche Media party at Art Basel Miami.
Nikki Reed tones down a fluorescent yellow Charles Henry maxi dress with a black blazer, clutch and boots at the Women in Entertainment Awards.
Evangeline Lilly rocked a gothic black Alberta Ferretti gown at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Doesn’t hurt to have Orlando Bloom on your arm, either!
Cate Blanchett in plum Valentino (we told you this was the hottest hue last week!) at the Dubai Film Festival.
Which star has the best celebrity fashion this week?
Christmas is just around the corner and the December calendar is filling up with everything from office Christmas parties, to catch-up drinks with the girls, family functions and New Years Eve plans. So when you’re busy organising everything from presents, to food, and who’s picking up Uncle John from the airport, who has time to find the perfect outfit?
Luckily, for the first time this year, Karen Millen stores in Australia are stocking their stunning collection of holiday party dresses in line with their release in the United Kingdom – perfectly timed for Christmas. The beautiful collection comprises of five dresses, perfect for any occasion that will be sure to give you that instant ‘wow’ factor this festive season. Here’s how to wear each dress with styling tips for every occasion.
Animal Applique Shift Dress
Perfect for: Night Out with the Girls
If you’re heading out for a night with the girls this festive season, this shift dress with sheer sleeves, faux leather applique and beading is divine. It’s a statement piece, yet still simple enough to brighten up with bold or coloured accessories.
Karen Millen Animal Applique Shift Dress, $495
Leather Sequin Mesh Dress
Perfect for: Office Party
Finding the perfect dress for an office Christmas party can be quite the challenge. Keep it chic and simple – you want to make the right impression in front of your boss, colleagues and their partners. Opt for something that still makes a statement but that you’re comfortable wearing. This pencil dress is stunningly appropriate with sheer three quarter sleeves, high neckline and all-over faux leather sequin design.
Karen Millen Leather Sequin Mesh Dress, $495
Dandelion Beaded Dress
Perfect for: Christmas Luncheon
If your festive social diary calls for a Christmas luncheon, then this gorgeous detailed Dandelion Dress is perfect. With daytime events, it’s often hard to find the perfect dress, because you don’t want to look too overdressed, but you still want that ‘wow’ factor. Because this dress has a sweet style short sleeve, fuller skirt and delicate beading, it’s pretty for day, and can still easily be dressed up and take you through to the night.
Karen Millen Dandelion Beaded Dress, $895
Placed Sequin Flower Dress
Perfect for: Christmas Day
This stunning dress is perfect for our unpredictably (and often hot) Australian Christmas day weather. The delicate floral applique and beading around the hemline ties in perfectly for summer, with the fuller skirt being a flattering alternative to pencil or bodycon dresses, an especially perfect option for Christmas day with so many temptations around! This dress can take you from day through to night by switching to a higher heel and statement accessories for a more dramatic look.
Karen Millen Placed Sequin Flower Dress, $545
Long Sleeve Pleat Dress
Perfect for: NYE
It’s the night of nights – NYE is the time to pull out all the stops, so why not embellish a little, or a lot, in this stunning long sleeved hand-beaded dress. This is definitely a ‘wow’ dress that will turn heads, with the intricate beading design, all-over embroidery and pleated skirt. Because this dress is such a statement, do go overboard with accessories, keep it simple and make sure the dress (and you in it!) is the focus when the clock strikes midnight.
Karen Millen Long Sleeve Pleat Dress, $945
Which is your favourite dress from the new Karen Millen dress collection?
It looks like black is the colour to wear in winter. Anything stream-lined, practical and subtle in black is what you should be purchasing. At the recent Milan shows every design house had some black. Ferragamo, Gucci, Fendi and Prada brought back the Courreges look. Courreges was a French designer who created the early 60’s tunic dresses and pod hats that everyone thought were very futuristic back then.