Male Box: Finding Fall Inspirations In The Couture

Fountain of 30

September 14, 2015 • Magazine, Male Box


Everyone has been up in arms about New York Fashion Week starting late this year, but having just had the hottest Labor Day weekend in recent years, I would think the fashionistas would be glad of having avoided melting. What will they turn up wearing to the tents? Undoubtedly, many of the fashion folk will draw inspiration from the Fall 2015 Haute Couture. Let’s take a peek at the Italian designers who the Chambre Syndicale deems chic enough to merit the HC designation.

Valentino was one of the first Italian designers to show Haute Couture and this past season the Creative Directors showed in Rome, the founder’s home. The mostly black collection, featured a dusting of Roman gold and, of course, the signature Rosso Valentino. My favorite look from the collection is this bell shaped ball gown with matching cape. By know you know how much I hate the high-low hem, but give me that contrast in capelet-cape and I think it’s just divine. I can’t wait to see how many looks this inspires in the tents this season.

Armani Prive has become the go-to for starlets during Red Carpet season. This collection can be summed up in one word: iridescent. Many of the runway looks evoke the glittering hues of a peacock feather. My personal favorite is more like abstract graffiti from the 1980s. This may be more VMA’s than Golden Globes.

Giambattista Valli has become the darling of younger actresses during recent Red Carpet seasons and his Fall 2015 collection is exactly why. Valli blends old world construction with an utterly fresh and modern take on dressing. His asymmetric evening gown is a perfect cocktail of floral realism rendered in painstakingly hand applied sequins and abstraction in the blurry impressionist floral print of the skirt. Volume and movement swirl around each other in this look.

Speaking of swirling, you head will spin with the offerings of Atelier Versace for Fall 2015. This was meant to be a softer gentler Versace but the effect is still showstopping, and not for the faint of heart. The workmanship of hand shredded chiffon ruffles cannot detract from the Versace aesthetic of too much is not enough. In fact, too much may not be enough, at least in terms of coverage. Who says the Haute Couture is frumpy? This collection is anything but.

Wherever you find fashion inspiration, apply it to your daily life. Especially if your daily life over the next month involves flitting about to the world Fashion Weeks. Stay Chic, my friends!

– Joseph Ungoco

Read Joseph’s article on Paris Couture: Male Box: Fall In Love With Fall Haute Couture


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