Fall Winter 2013 Haute Couture Collections

Notes from the Paris Haute Couture Collections – Fall/Winter 2013



The June 30-July 4 haute couture offerings for fall winter 2013 proved to be well worth the trip to Paris.

Aside from the beautiful collections from the established houses, some relative newcomers attracted some serious attention. Best of all, two of the great names – Christian Lacroix and Elsa Schiaparelli – returned in brilliant, innovative style.

For extended party coverage, click here to find my Society News LA story about the Paris scene.

To read my Los Angeles Times stories about the individual shows, click on these designer names VersaceGiorgio Armani PriveJean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab. To read my L.A. Times party stories, click these items: Christian Lacroix homage to Schiaparelli; new $10,000-$140,000 Savelli cell phonesLancome Show cosmetic launch with Alber Elbaz; “Little Black Dress” exhibition, curated by Andre Leon Talley at the Mona Bismarck American Center for art and culture; and Zahia Dehar’s new lingerie collection.

For more notes about the fashions and more pictures, just scroll down the page.


The Fashions 

By way of trends, gowns seemed to sparkle more than usual, especially at Atelier Versace and Elie Saab – and the usual is significant as these gowns are favorites for the Oscars in winter; the Emmys in the fall.

These collections included plenty of red carpet candidates, most of them designed to showcase a toned body.  Jean Paul Gaultier also showed skin, but in his case, the spotted kind that comes from animals, all coordinated to animal-print tights and hairdos.

The Giorgio Armani Prive show had the title, “Nude,” referencing not only the sensuous nature of the styles, but also the soft colors that dominated this stunning collection.  

Choosing Russian Gothic as her theme, Ulyana Sergeenko’s line was demure by comparison, while emphasizing femininity and fantasy.


Alexis Mabille made his season’s statement with draping, hand-painting and oversize bows, the best looks pairing richly-embellished toppings over skinny pants.

Stephane Rolland delivered his signature architectural designs, so favored by Kim Kardashian, in navy, black and white. For extra interest at the show: a flamenco dancer performed throughout.

Also a celebrity favorite, having dressed Rihanna, Michelle Dockery, Heidi Klum, Rita Ora and Lady Gaga, Alexandre Vauthier showed sexy, leg-baring skirts, soft jackets and lots of leather.

Zuhair Murad closed the season, by showing his collection of sexy lace gowns – popular with Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Kerry Washington, among others – to an audience that included loyal fan Kristen Stewart in his 2012 couture catsuit.


Top photo: Zuhair Murad’s fashion parade at the fall winter 2013 haute couture collections (photo, courtesy of Zuhair Murad)

Second photo: Karl Lagerfeld and his models at the Paris fall winter 2013 haute couture collections

Third photo: From Giorgio Armani Prive’s show, “Nude,” shown during the fall winter 2013 haute couture collections in Paris ([hoto, courtesy of Giorgio Armani Prive)





Fourth photo: Stephane Rolland’s sleek, chic contemporary bridal gown, shown during the Paris fall winter 2013 haute couture collections (photo, courtesy of Stephane Rolland)

Fifth photo: Carousel of fashions designed by Christian Lacroix as an homage to Elsa Schiaparelli



Kristen Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Naomie Harris and Non-Stop Soirees Distinguished the Fall Winter 2013 Haute Couture Shows

John Legend, Patti Austin, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Darren Criss and YOLA at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2013 Benefit for the LA Phil

Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones Join Benjamin Millepied & Natalie Portman at Inaugural LA Dance Project Gala

Women In Film Honor Laura Linney, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas, Hailee Steinfeld, Rachel Morrison and ALL the Women of Mad Men at the Crystal+Lucy Awards 

Tommy Tune Salutes Broadway’s Leading Ladies at L.A.’s Tony Awards Viewing Party 

Fin Whale Stars in the Natural History Museum’s Sound and Light Show, Revealing the New Otis Booth Pavilion in Glamorous Style 

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Fall Winter 2013 Haute Couture Collections – A Review

Published July 11, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA