The meaning of couture is often questioned these days as read-to-wear has morphed into streetwear, making the drama of couture feel even furthered removed from the now. However, drama and the allure of fantasy never are far removed from psych of the fashion conscious.
This season, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision of couture for the house of Christian Dior both respected the houses heritage as well as the pragmatic needs of couture clients. She showcased an embraceable collection that could easily be deemed a roadmap for ‘Luxury 2.0’. Meanwhile Clare Waight Keller’s couture collection for Givenchy too touched on heritage in an ode to the houses founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed in March at the age of 91. Keller’s take on the heritage was a blend of feminine and masculine placing the central female protagonist as a superhero.
And while plenty of this seasons collections played with wearable flights of fancy, designer John Galliano was in full fledge outer-space mode in his collection for the house of Maison Margiela. Nowhere else this season was the idea of the ‘now,’ as world of digital nomads more present. And if there is a map maker to be had from this season’s collection it is John Galliano. Here are The Impression’s Top 10 Couture Collections for Fall 2018 as chosen by our Chief Impressionist, Kenneth Richard.