Where's my couture?
The Fall 2009 couture collections have been surprisingly wearable, which is probably a good road to take for sales-minded designers, but not as much for me. When it comes to couture, the crazier the better. On that note I’d like to applaud Jean Paul Gaultier for being possibly the only designer to send some wonderfully unwearable stuff down the runway. Drawing inspiration from Hollywood from Bardot to Barbarella with a healthy dose of sci-fi corsetry, it was also one of the few shows that looked as if the designer was having fun.
I’m not forgetting Christian Dior, whose big and bright (and often bottom-less) ensembles were certainly more eye-catching than some of the other couture, but the collection looks a lot like John Galliano cut out the paper dolls from a book of “Great Fashions of the 40s and 50s” and called it a day.