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Zuhair Murad Fall Couture 2014

Beirut has been undergoing an architectural renaissance, with Herzog & de Meuron, Norman Foster, Steven Holl, and Zaha Hadid among the starchitects making their mark on the Lebanese capital. Zuhair Murad, who is based there, saw the potential for a Couture collection built from geometry—particularly Hadid’s extreme forms. [FB]YVL_9964.450x675 YVL_0566.450x675 YVL_9895.450x675 YVL_9930.450x675

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Vionnet Fall Couture 2014

If Hussein Chalayan has one thing to prove to the world at this point in a career that has helped define fashion’s outer limits, it’s that he can do glamour. For his new Demi-Couture collection for Vionnet, the models had starlet hair, swept to one side. And they were wearing red-carpet dresses from start to finish. [FB]AA2X0288.450x675 AA2X0117.450x675

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Victor & Rolf Fall Couture 2014

In due time, many of the dresses shown throughout the Haute Couture collections will reappear on red carpets the world over. But you’ve got to hand it to Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who considered how dresses might look if they were actually made from, well, red carpet. [FB]_KIM0020.450x675 _KIM0346.450x675

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Valentino Fall Couture 2014

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. Rarely at Couture has that seemed truer than it did this week. Donatella Versace channeled the fifties, Raf Simons leaped centuries, and Karl Lagerfeld merged baroque and brutalism. Capping it all off backstage atValentino today, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were talking about the Pre-Raphaelites, who themselves exalted all things classical. [FB]VAL_1014.450x675 VAL_0707.450x675 VAL_0836.450x675

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Ulyana Sergeenko Fall Couture 2014

Ulyana Sergeenko‘s show started with a bang. It was the sound of an explosive going off. This wasn’t going to be another of her Russian fairy tales, the soundtrack suggested, and the first look out—an officer’s coat cut from glossy black leather—confirmed that impression. [FB]ULY_2150.450x675 ULY_1865.450x675 ULY_1483.450x675

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Giambattista Valli Fall Couture 2014

A girl wakes, maybe she’s still dressed from the night before, maybe she swathes herself in a striped sheet or slips into her beau’s pj’s. It’s bright so she puts on sunglasses. Her head hurts. She wraps it in a napkin from the champagne bucket. And she goes for a walk in the garden. There’s a dry, warm wind, blossoms are blowing, they cloud her…

A pretty picture, and Valli did it justice on his catwalk. [FB]VAL_1038.450x675 VAL_0662.450x675 VAL_0189.450x675

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Elie Saab Fall Couture 2014

Daywear? Elie Saab has a ready-to-wear collection for that. At his Couture show today he was focused exclusively on after-dark. Saab made his point by lining the back of the runway with chandeliers, which were illuminated just moments before the first model made her grand entrance. [FB]YVL_7744.450x675 YVL_7273.450x675 YVL_6755.450x675 YVL_6819.450x675

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Christian Dior Fall Couture 2014

Raf Simons is not a designer obsessed with the past. He leaves the decade-hopping to his peers, preferring instead to look ahead. And yet his latest Couture collection for Dior—his most completely realized to date, as beautiful as his debut of two years ago, if not as audacious as his continent-spanning collection from last July—found him looking back. [FB]34_KIM_6341.450x675 08_KIM_5655.450x675 45_KIM_6622.450x675

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Chanel Fall Couture 2014

A huge terrace with a fireplace—it has always been in Karl Lagerfeld’s mind as a beautiful idea.  Until now, of course, when the gigantic forest-planting, iceberg-importing, supermarket-building extravaganzas of Chanel shows past were scaled down to mimic the stark geometry of Corbu’s designs. At either end of the catwalk were huge fireplaces stoked with digital flames. Above the mantel, a big old baroque mirror. Brutalist and baroque: A typically provocative union from a designer who skates across time like fashion’s answer to Doctor Who. [FB]CHA_0898.450x675 KIM_0723.450x675 CHA_0424.450x675 KIM_0529.450x675

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Versace Fall Couture 2014

In a timely coincidence, Donatella Versace revisited the decade for her Atelier Versacecollection tonight. That starting point marks a departure for the designer, who has lately found muses in the likes of Lady Gaga and Grace Jones, and inspiration from more contemporary reference points, like nineties grunge. [FB]VER_0706.450x675 VER_0736.450x675 VER_0642.450x675 VER_0416.450x675

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