Haute couture (French: haute – high, couture – dressmaking, sewing) , as Wikipedia informs us, is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothes, made by hand from exclusive and unusual fabrics. Perfection, hard work and craft.

Schiaparelli

As a little girl, Elsa Schiaparelli used to play in the garden, putting seeds in her nose and ears, imagining flowers and plant growing and cupping her face. And as a part of ‘house DNA’ astrology was another inspiration for creative director, Bertran Guyon. What we could spot on runway were silhouettes inspired by post-WWII designs Schiaparelli was creating – hourglass structures, form for women to fit in to, as well as A-shapes. Although we could spot few ‘back to Earth’ looks, they were completed with a touch of sparkle and contrasting cow-boy shoes. Excellent craft of botanical embroidery and feather work combined with bright, powerful colors and avantgarde shapes created an amazing illustration of wild dreams after psychedelics (or children fairy tale).

 

Iris Van Harpen

Van Harpens starting point was the concept of hybrid – female form mixed with animals and plants, seen throughout mitology and history throughout the World.  The official Queen of Haute Couture came up with extremely interesting art of colors, unpredicted and revolutionary shapes and kinetic illusions and forms. The show was opened with an amazing wing-inspired gown, but it only got better with every look. We could spot pleaded human-bird dresses, unreal 3D printed wavey dress, extraordinary flower-inspired prints in pastels and layered dresses with hidden faces on them! If I were there, I would be jaw dropped for the next few hours after the show.

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Acne Studios founder and creative director Jonny Johansson showed his ready to wear collection for fall/winter 2019 season with looks, choosing Paris during the Haute Couture week.

We could spot amazingly designed coats with rounded shoulders, extra-oversized fur coats and draped tights, baggy pants with strongly accented waists and V-shape décolletage. Johansson himself claims the source of inspiration in young generations perspective of high fashion, expressing power and femininity in a minimalistic, modern way. Runway was overwhelmed by neutral colors, mostly office-greyish and ivory tones, where burned orange and only three patterned looks were an amazing eye-catching accents.

Winter is my least favorite time of year for many reasons – days are shorter and apparently so is my creativity (although I don’t know if you could describe creativity as ‘short’, but neither can you call it ‘big’ or count the level of it so I will leave it like that), foggy days are not really getting me all inspired and ready for hard work. Not to mention seeing the 100 000th caramel coat or teddy coat outfit picture on Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I hype about a good, classic coat but… come on!

So how can I make a difference, you may ask? Here are my 5 answers to that question, which are very easy to style and adapt to any wardrobe:

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1. Croc-effect!

This trend is literally everywhere – from accessories like cute vintage bag and ankle length boots to… COATS. So why don’t try to level your winter look up with leather coat or pants patterned in croc? Extra easy to style – with that statement piece you don’t need much more than white shirt, girly pumps and straight-leg jeans.

 

 

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2.Shearling coat

Just like croc-effect one, cute and interesting alternative to classic coat, and still extra easy to style – will work amazing with either your basic jumper and cowboy boots or something crazy, like sequins pants and platform boots.

 

 

 

 

33. Coloring

Winter doesn’t have to be all about blacks, beiges and whites. It looks cute, but not 20th day in the row, so choosing statement colors is a good way to get noticed in the crowd. If you don’t own any color in your clothes section, try with accessories – red lacquered heels or electric blue bag.

 

 

 

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4. Faux Fur

Another statement piece that took 2018 by storm. At first I found it a little bit too extra, but I’m dying to try this trend now! You can create amazing Street Style inspired looks by breaking glamorous fur vibe with sporty pieces like sneakers or hoodie.

And funky sunglasses are a must accessory!

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Oversized aviator

Wearing extra masculine or military-inspired coat is a must try this winter! Works extra flattering with flowy dresses and flared jeans and boots. Oversize it to add a bit of ‘my boyfriends jacket’ vibe.

Tip:You can find an amazing piece in second-hand shop!