Valentino is known for a ladylike-luxe aesthetic — and the house’s accessories are no exception. Studs, bows, lace and rosettes define pumps (particularity this fashion week favorite), bags, clutches, gloves, and just about every other finishing touch you can imagine.
As one season begins, we start gearing up for the next’s trends. Such is fashion — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Though we’re caught up with shorts and swimsuits in real life, Pre-Fall 2012 looks are hitting the shelves. Don’t know what Pre-Fall is? It’s simply the fashion season that precedes Fall. Designers present Pre-Fall looks at their showrooms or on runways during December and January. A tantalizing taste of what’s to come, Pre-Fall collections tend to be more commercial than Spring and Fall and serve to tide us over between seasons.
Haute couture is a term that gets tossed around a lot in the fashion world. Even well-known brands and Web sites, like Juicy Couture and HauteLook, borrow their names from the words. But what is the true meaning of haute couture?
Haute couture is a French word that translates to “high fashion” or “high sewing.” Haute couture is specially made for an individual and typically involves lavish materials and countless hours of work. The birthplace of haute couture, France protects the term under law and requires designers or houses meet several criteria to qualify as couture. But since the rest of the world doesn’t police the term, you’ll frequently see it used to describe garments and brands that are mass produced. A handful of designers (the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy) hold couture shows in Paris each Spring and Fall season. And while the couture industry has struggled over the years, more and more people are working to preserve and promote the craft and its stunning creations.