2014 Paris Haute Couture: Our Favorite Looks and the Practical Ways to Wear Them
Couture fashion week is a spectacle of the highest order: the clothes are big, the venues are bigger, the personalities are biggest. This week in Paris we have seen beaded hoods at Versace, sun-goddess ruffles at Stéphane Rolland, and an impassioned ode to the tattoo at Margiela. If that all seems like a bit much for your everyday wardrobe, we implore you to reconsider. After all, fashion is about fantasy. Why not inject a bit of drama into your closet? Here are the best looks from the Paris collections and our advice on when to wear them!
Artist's Muse at Elie Saab
This dress from the Elie Saab runway is for those moments when an artist really wants to paint you and you just don’t know what to wear. A pantsuit? Too Katherine Hepburn. Nothing? Too Titanic. Watercolor silk? Just enough Monet to work!
Hooded Le Smoking at Versace
Hoods were all over the Versace collection, and this black sequined version is just right for keeping the spring evening chill off your face while shielding your eyes for some coy flirtation. Wear this when you want to look dark, moody, and possibly murderous. Keep ‘em guessing.
Hot Cat Lady at Schiaparelli
This is your crazy, sexy cat lady ensemble. Shimmering floor length dress that hides every inch of skin below the neck in wonky, arts and crafts stripes; Grace Coddington hair not included.
Luxury Bathtowel at Dior
Let’s face it, if your closet is stuffed to the gills with couture, you can probably afford to wrap a few of those pieces around you post-bath. The tufted chiffon on this strapless Dior makes it appear ultra-absorbent like a Bounty paper towel. And since it’s sheer, you won’t have to worry about slipping into something more comfortable once you’re dry!
Never-Nude Jumpsuit at Chanel
If the Spring 2014 collections have taught us anything, it is that being almost-but-not-quite-naked is now the sexiest thing ever. For when you want to be feel naked, but not be naked, go sheer.
Figure Skating Bodice at Armani Privé
In the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Armani Privé gives us the barely-there cutout bodice. Wear this to your next ice skating lesson and we guarantee that no one will notice how many times you fall down. The chain metal hairnet is optional, but recommended.
Rainforest Eveningwear at Valentino
There was a lot to love on the Valentino runway, but let’s start with this epic snake dress. It’s like the Bjork swan dress only way more warrior princess-y. For when you need to feel like Queen of the Amazon.
Punk Ballet at Viktor & Rolf
V&R’s entire collection was like a dream of zombie ballerinas. Wear any of their minimal, ribbon printed dresses for your next Black Swan moment. In such innocent shades of yellow and pink, your rivals will never see you coming.
Boss Lady at Didit Hediprasetyo
Boss lady by day, boss lady by night. This leather houndstooth jumpsuit moves easily from the boardroom to the bedroom. Just add a riding crop.
Poison Ivy at Schiaparelli
The oversized sweater meets petticoat skirt is a singular look for the hipster who frequents Brooklyn loft parties. Urban on top, vintage below. Just add cork wedges, a PBR, and don’t leave home without that incredible ivy arm-piece. We can totally see Jessa from Girls in a grungier version of this outfit.
Grown-Up Tea Party at Dior
If you haven’t hosted a tea party since you were six, get on it! And wear this dress. The sweet little silhouette will impress all your friends, who are hopefully no longer stuffed animals but now living, breathing humans who will appreciate a good outfit.
Saturday Night Hot Pants at Versace
It’s not a Versace runway without studs and hot pants. This ensemble has both, plus a hood to keep you warm on that frigid disco dance floor. That’s right, wear this to the next (probably first) ice disco you’ll be asked to attend. Long sleeves for warmth, short shorts for sex appeal!
Blue Princess at Elie Saab
You probably hate the word “ruching” as much as the next person, but you will not hate what this exquisitely ruched bodice will do to your assets. Nor will you hate how this dreamy concoction makes you feel a princess and the prom queen and Taylor Swift at an awards show all at once.
Ghostly Piano Keys at Valentino
If you are a little girl who passed away during the Victorian era and would like to haunt your 2014 ancestors, might we suggest this frock? It’s so diaphanous that it might as well not be there, yet it makes a statement in it’s own way — just like you!
A Little Bit Gatsby at Armani Privé
The Gatsby look didn’t hasn’t quite died, but this beaded dress is a little more Jordan Baker than Daisy Buchanan. For the professional golfer who still knows how to get down, speakeasy style.
'80s Peacock at Chanel
Chanel was all about rollerblade safety this season, but this dress is for the girl who never wears a helmet. This punk rock feather dress is just asking for a leather jacket and Doc Martins to complete the look.
Edgy Secretary at Didit Hediprasetyo
The circle skirt has never looked so modern as it does in leather embossed with houndstooth. Conservative silhouette with a twist. I think we know what kind of Secretary can pull this outfit off.