I think I have been visually bored shirtless with the "been-there, worn-that" fashion mistakes rehashed the last couple of years. Not that I wear couture, but it is certainly fun to look at. And Fall 2005 is looking like a good season. For previews log on to style.com fashion show section.
Christian Lacroix, Style.com: "PARIS, July 7, 2005 – With their beribboned, jeweled-toe champagne slingbacks sinking into a white velvet runway, the myriad creatures of Christian Lacroix's exceptional imagination advanced into winter. Hair dressed in lacquered rolls, black velvet roses, sprays of crystal, and spiked with a carnation, each model wore an outfit more painterly colorful and romantic than the last."
Valentino, Style.com: "His dainty sable-trimmed tweeds and cream-color, draped satin day suits speak to a world the designer and his ladies cohabit in a style serenely untouched by time. Details will come and go—this season it's bows, a smattering of fringe, inserts of crystal embroidered roses, satin rouleaux ribbons, perhaps a hint of Chinoiserie—but essentially it's all a matter of lunch, cocktails, and dinner as usual."
Basso & Brooke (shown below)Ready-To-Wear 2005. Christian Dior Fall 2005 is a little drag-queen? Cirque du Soleil performers in heels, senior prom dresses gone wrong, "Sex and the City" "come-hither" beige dress with midnight lace combo, it is wild, it is wonderful, outrageous, it is a must-see!
Others: Akris, Givenchy inspired by Morticia Addams from the Addam's Family, Elie Saab's collection a breath of fresh air in metal and jewel colors. Olivia Theyskens' stunningly romantic aesthetic with Rochas. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière. I could go on and on but I am hungry, go have a look yourself and tell me which couture collection is your favorite.