Home Whadayawannaknow? Following Archive Random RSS Mobile Tumblr
Buying Happy
Maybe you're just not shopping at the right places...
maletrends:

MALE TRENDS A blog about men’s fashion, lifestyle & more.
Follow on INSTAGRAM

maletrends:

MALE TRENDS A blog about men’s fashion, lifestyle & more.

Follow on INSTAGRAM

hautekills:

Akris resort 2015

hautekills:

Akris resort 2015

cotonblanc:

Grace Coddington by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair September 2014

cotonblanc:

Grace Coddington by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair September 2014

(via hautekills)

hautekills:

Halston resort 2015

hautekills:

Halston resort 2015

Anonymous said: could u explain what does haute couture mean? thx!! :)

Haute couture officially started in the 18th century when Rose Bertin, Minister of Fashion to Marie Antoinette, became the first designer to ever make couture popular. Then Charles Frederick Worth, who became the first modern couturier, started the world-wide movement of a new form of art, haute couture. He changed how dressmaking was originally made by making the first ever fashion shows displayed in his couture house. After the shows, the clients would pick a model, select the fabrics and colors, and a custom-made duplication was made for them.

Following Worth’s footsteps, new designers like Lanvin, Christian Dior, Gabrielle Chanel, and Cristobal Balenciaga opened their own ateliers, or couture houses. Ironically, modern couture flourished in the postwar period, after the immense popular attraction of Christian Dior’s New Lookfrom 1947. Designers not only innovated in the dressmaking techniques but also added a strong factor to haute couture, tailoring. With this combination, the designers could easily take techniques for menswear and apply it into dresses, making couture even more interesting and comfortable.

Today, the term haute couture is protected by the French government, who established standards and practices that a fashion house must have to do haute couture. These designers are chosen by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The requirements include: must have at least 15 people working full-time, have an atelier, the atelier must be in Paris, France, must create two couture fashion shows a year, each show must have at least 35 outfits of either daywear or eveningwear, all of the outfits must be sewn by hand, and each model should be fitted at least 4 times.

Haute couture is made from high-quality fabrics and materials, using time-consuming and hand-executed techniques, while paying attention to details. For these details an atelier uses help from exterior craftsman to adorn the outfits: embroidery; dyeing; hand-painting; addition of pearls, beads, stones or feathers; jewelry for buttons and buckles; lace and flower applications. Because each sequin is individually hand places and sewn, the process for constructing a couture jacket can often take up to 100 hours and may cost up to £60,000. ‘‘Our role is to be chameleons… we receive a sketch and it is up to us to interpret. The couturier is the architect, we are the decorators’’ said Francois Lesage, French embroiderer, talking about his role in haute couture.

Impeccable craftsmanship is the essence of couture, and its starts before the fabric is cut. The initial idea for a collection starts from a designer’s inspiration that is interpreted into sketches and later transformed into three-dimensional garments. Designers create their initial designs on sample models called toiles, which is made up of muslin, a cheap and easy to work with fabric. This saves the expensive fabrics as drafts from the original sketch. The legendary French designer Christian Dior would normally drape any fabric around a model’s body to create and experiment with new shapes. Since couture is about precision, the seamstresses, or tailors, work with millimeters because the cuts in the haute couture techniques must be as precise as possible. Thanks to these demanding techniques, couture helped accentuate the women’s body, depending on their shapes. Because it is custom-made, couture is also about exclusivity. When a client specifies their demands for a couture outfit, they expect to have one original piece of craftsmanship that fits them perfectly.

Some examples of intricate craftsmanship of modern haute couture includes the seventh look from Givenchy haute couture fall 2011 collection by Riccardo Tisci, its mathematical symmetry of the 300 meters of silk tulle cut into tiny circles, individually hand-sewn, to make a fish-like scales. Donatella Versace designed an evening dress, from Atelier Versace spring 2011, bedded from head to toe. This gown had no visible seams, all of them were hidden in the intricate design; and it is incredibly heavy despite the weightlessness it appears to have. In Sarabande, from Alexander McQueen spring 2007, Lee wanted that each of the 3,000 flowers, in the last dress, to cut each petal individually and to color each one by hand.

The persistence of haute couture is as roundly questioned and doubted as the survival of a Renaissance painting. Years upon years critics predict couture’s demise, calling this form of art as a waste of time and generates no money in a profit-driven industry. Those clients, who can and still choose to purchase couture, are an ageing clientele. The young rich prefer jeans and t-shirts by up and coming young designers. In 1946 there were 106 ateliers in Paris, in 1954 that number changed to 60, and in 2000 the number of ateliers has diminished to just 18.

Nowadays, designers use the presentation of a couture collection as publicity. Although no money is generated from a fashion show, the companies that own these ateliers make a profit from other products, such as makeup and perfumes. This helps the brand stay alive. Another way of merchandising started when the award shows became popular. Designers reserve their high-end creations for celebrities to wear down the red carpets around the world to promote their fashion houses and make the dying craft relevant.

In its earliest beginning, clothing was purely functional to keep yourself warm and protected. As time has changed clothing became a form of expression. Fashion stopped being functional and became shallow. Couture is a fantasy in fashion; it’s a dream, a vision, and all those beautiful people in exotic places celebrating the happiness of life. 

                                 - by me

hautekills:

Zuhair Murad resort 2015

hautekills:

Zuhair Murad resort 2015

Goodbye, Robin. And thank you. #rip

Goodbye, Robin. And thank you. #rip

Get. Your. LIFE! @the_real_iman, @rihanna and @iamnaomicampbell in @balmainparis. I can’t even express the gorgeousness contained in this one photograph. #everything

Get. Your. LIFE! @the_real_iman, @rihanna and @iamnaomicampbell in @balmainparis. I can’t even express the gorgeousness contained in this one photograph. #everything

Today’s #socks @hm (at Atelier dans le Grotte)

Today’s #socks @hm (at Atelier dans le Grotte)

I had a thought… What if some (VERY lucky) photographer got the opportunity to do a shoot with @hahajoel, @rickifuckinhall, @levistocke and @chrisjohnmillington? Can you imagine the Bearded, Tattooed EPICNESS of such a happening? Hey, guys! I’m in Atlanta if you 4 are interested! 
📷😉👍

I had a thought… What if some (VERY lucky) photographer got the opportunity to do a shoot with @hahajoel, @rickifuckinhall, @levistocke and @chrisjohnmillington? Can you imagine the Bearded, Tattooed EPICNESS of such a happening? Hey, guys! I’m in Atlanta if you 4 are interested!
📷😉👍

#tbt to my first photo shoot with my big brother, Ashley. I wanted to being him out of his shell a bit. Everyone (me most of all) was surprised at just HOW beautifully photogenic he can be. Up until this point, it was all oversized, dark clothes. I styled him up to show the “inner” Ash. The cool, fun, sexy guy I knew was under the goth gear. #throwbackthursday #fashion #style #menswear #mensfashion #mensclothes #mensstyle #photography #photoshoot #model #malemodel #blackandwhite #dapper #sartorial #handsome #sexy #chic #fashionphotography #funky

#tbt to my first photo shoot with my big brother, Ashley. I wanted to being him out of his shell a bit. Everyone (me most of all) was surprised at just HOW beautifully photogenic he can be. Up until this point, it was all oversized, dark clothes. I styled him up to show the “inner” Ash. The cool, fun, sexy guy I knew was under the goth gear. #throwbackthursday #fashion #style #menswear #mensfashion #mensclothes #mensstyle #photography #photoshoot #model #malemodel #blackandwhite #dapper #sartorial #handsome #sexy #chic #fashionphotography #funky

Just wanted to say “HI!” Hope you’re all having a great day! 
✋😃

#hi #hey #hello #sup #wassup #wuttup #whatitdo #hola #bonjour #nihao #gutentag #ciao #konnichiwa #salve #olá #salut #hallå #heeeeeeey (at Atelier dans le Grotte)

Just wanted to say “HI!” Hope you’re all having a great day!
✋😃

#hi #hey #hello #sup #wassup #wuttup #whatitdo #hola #bonjour #nihao #gutentag #ciao #konnichiwa #salve #olá #salut #hallå #heeeeeeey (at Atelier dans le Grotte)

Today’s #socks. LOVING these little ankle socks from @hm!

Today’s #socks. LOVING these little ankle socks from @hm!

The universe loves me, obviously. I went on a tiny rant on FB earlier about the GROSS inefficiency of US Airways trying to get out of LA and back home to ATL. For you IGers and any FB friends who didn’t catch it, long story short, I missed my flight and basically had to wait in line for 2hrs to get a new one. I got it… and THIS happened! 
That’s right, folks! THE GRAND F-ING CANYON!!! It was almost magical as we were shrouded in cloud during the beginning of the flight. All of a sudden the sun beams thru my window, I look out, and I’m watching us fly over THE GRAND F-ING CANYON!!! I can’t even express how gorgeous and massive that thing is. Truly breath-taking. 
This would have never happened if I had caught my original flight. 

Trip: Made! #bestvacationEVER

The universe loves me, obviously. I went on a tiny rant on FB earlier about the GROSS inefficiency of US Airways trying to get out of LA and back home to ATL. For you IGers and any FB friends who didn’t catch it, long story short, I missed my flight and basically had to wait in line for 2hrs to get a new one. I got it… and THIS happened!
That’s right, folks! THE GRAND F-ING CANYON!!! It was almost magical as we were shrouded in cloud during the beginning of the flight. All of a sudden the sun beams thru my window, I look out, and I’m watching us fly over THE GRAND F-ING CANYON!!! I can’t even express how gorgeous and massive that thing is. Truly breath-taking.
This would have never happened if I had caught my original flight.

Trip: Made! #bestvacationEVER

Next spot we stopped at, Trunks, had much better lighting, first of all, AND it turned up another personal celebrity. @anthonybabygarza You may recognize him from such stages/performances with JANET JACKSON, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, etc. Yes, ladies and gents, that arm around my shoulder was once around The Ruler of our Rhythm Nation. But I digress… 
I introduced myself and told him where I recognized him from and how much of a fan I was. He couldn’t have been sweeter. He told me how much he appreciated it and how great it made him feel when people approach him about his work. Then gave me the biggest hug (again, with arms that have hugged JANET). Before we left I asked if he’d take a pic and he happily obliged. All in all, GREAT last night in LA. I’m gonna miss this place.  (at Trunks Bar)

Next spot we stopped at, Trunks, had much better lighting, first of all, AND it turned up another personal celebrity. @anthonybabygarza You may recognize him from such stages/performances with JANET JACKSON, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, etc. Yes, ladies and gents, that arm around my shoulder was once around The Ruler of our Rhythm Nation. But I digress…
I introduced myself and told him where I recognized him from and how much of a fan I was. He couldn’t have been sweeter. He told me how much he appreciated it and how great it made him feel when people approach him about his work. Then gave me the biggest hug (again, with arms that have hugged JANET). Before we left I asked if he’d take a pic and he happily obliged. All in all, GREAT last night in LA. I’m gonna miss this place. (at Trunks Bar)