Before the end of LONDON’s Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear (rtw) fashion shows, and after New York’s Fashion week there was Spring 2014 Couture. It was a short list of designers, all members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. To be invited for membership to the 146 years old organization, it is necessary to fulfill an exacting set of requirements, all requiring great talents and mammoth financial backing.
It is understood these garments will be made to order, if ordered, with average costs ranging from 3k to 35k. Small armies of craftsmen are involved in the making of these garments meant to last and serve beyond the “dernier cri” or latest trends.
Chanel – sneakers anybody? not bags, that’s already in the bag. The big issue for a house with the history of Chanel can be too much reverence for the brand and garment image, with their color matching sneakers all runway looks sent out a youthful, playful, sportive, fresh and vibrant vibes.
Viktor and Rolf - height without the distraction or definition of a shoe.
Maison Martin Margiela – brilliant! party pants forever.
Versace – the New Years outfit to end all of them...right? If you rather not think too much about a gala or dressy affair outfit or what you might have to pay for it, a tuxedo is the way to go. The one occasion a year that is luxe, best foot forward into a New Year. Witness Angelina Jolie.
Vionnet – ethereal otherworldly higher realms of beauty.
Elie Saab – symphonies in blue and yellow.
Christian Dior -- modern elegance hits.
Giorgio Armani – smart & luxe – a jacket skirt pants combination will take you many places.
It is a dedication to thoughtful elegance and honor. Whatever one may want to say about these costs, taking into consideration dedication to the excellence to one’s craft to create useful, artful objects with a soul, dwarfs costs considerations.
The chambre’s number of official members has declined to 9 in 2004 from 106 in 1946. Only as a member can a fashion house claim the term “haute couture” in any form.