Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Hats Of Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012.

 Bonjour everyone! :-) And although it feels good to be back in New York, I still wish for more time in Paris. I am completely in love with Paris to the point where I even had to come up with a special term - "Paris-sick" just to try to describe how I felt as soon as the airplane took off. It was one of the most beautiful trips of my life for many reasons and, as I promised before, I will tell you all about it just as soon as I will unpack and download all pictures from my camera.
 Today I thought I would share my thoughts on the hats of Haute Couture Of Spring Summer 2012. Every year, twice a year, I impatiently look forward to another deliverance of  revelation courtesy of Haute Couture. Every year, I would feel almost breathless watching spectacular creations (Galliano for Dior) bring the fresh wave of inspiration, I would wait with anticipation and excitement of a child for new discoveries and phenomenas because..well, it is , afterall, Haute Couture: the top of the line, the best of the best, the ultimate Grand! Not this year...This year it felt like hats were fired from the runway.
 If you would ask me whose hats I thought were the best, I would tell you that out of the entire selection presented it would be hats by Giambattista Valli - fresh, beautifully thought through and unmistakably Valli with his long time love for rich florals in deep, jeweled tones.
I have to be very honest with you, I have read just about every not so good, so-so and outright bad review dedicated to the Collection of Alexis Mabille full of  head pieces in a shape of big cabbage roses in just about every color under the sun...and, unfortunately, I have to agree: while I fully get the idea behind this hats what makes it all wrong is the final execution of the design and a wrong choice of materials. They lack the delicacy, intricacy of texture and structure to the point where it almost looks like paper flowers made in arts and crafts class for the May Day Parade.
I absolutely loved some of the dresses presented by Alexis Mabille but it took me a while to notice them...
I thought that turban wrapped leather bands by Dior were very elegant and chic, but it was simply not enough, I almost felt disappointed by the lack of hats, but again.....I think it is all together a new era at Dior and it is not nearly as grand and visual as it was couple of season ago. I feel the difference...
Jean Paul Gaultier proposed colorful faux wigs Brigitte Bardot style. I love Collections by Gaultier and in my eyes he can do no wrong. Of, course, I understand that wigs aren't hats, but I thought I would include several examples for those of us who can appreciate any creative headgier from Paris. :-)
The streets of the Paris were also full of hats despite the fact the the sky was overcast and it rained almost every day. It did not spoil anyone's fun at all, I think we barely noticed the weather.:-) I love the fact that Paris is so shamelessly in love with Fashion and Style.
I am wishing every one great week and will see you here Friday with all the details from Premiere Classe Pret-A-Porte. :-)
All pictures are courtesy of,, Tommy Ton,W Magazine.


Little Rus said...

So nice to have you back, Anya. I'm looking forward to your next post very much.
You know, this season's couture collection didn't leave me breathless at all. Some designs were beautiful, of course, but it wasn't what I've expected.
And it made me realise, yet again, how much I miss Galliano. You are right, Dior is totally different now and I can't say I like it. The magic is gone now. So very sad.

Love Accents Millinery said...

Dearest ANYA,
I have just return and seeing your grandeur just return from Paris, I will like to wish you the best start 2012 and 1° Class! I do agree with your critiques about the hats...
I sincerely missed not writing to you. I truly missed not hearing from you.

With thoughtful thoughts of sharing with you some things about me.... if you want to play along please stop by. I would love hearing from you.


The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Welcome Back, Dear Anya!
You have been so missed, but I know you had a magical time! And yes, "Paris-sick" is the perfect phrase for how you feel from the moment you leave. We can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

Hugs to you,


Agneta said...

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Agneta Sweden

Love Hats said...

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