Haute Couture Finale

Yes, unfortunately the haute couture show this season is only 3 days, with the absence of the likes of Versace, Ungaro, Balmain and Hanae Mori. Next season we expect the couture numbers to pick up (hopefully). And today, Jean Paul Gaultier, Franck Sorbier, Jean-Louis Scherrer and Elie Saab wrapped up the show with a mix of culture and style.

Jean Paul Gaultier took on an African theme for his collection. The models swept through in oversized afro hairdos, body paint and colorful creations of art. Note the chunky wooden bangles and beaded jewelry Harrod's girl wrote about previously.

And this one especially is a work of art. Notice how the front of the dress is cleverly twisted and pleated to resemble an African mask (Although it would be admittedly a bit scary to bump into that at night).

Franck Sorbier also took on an African theme, albeit in a more flirty and fun kind of way. This show was held at the Lido, where the models were encouraged to dance and have fun on stage in their fun, bold, flirty patterned outfits. Personally she looks more like Heidi from the Swiss Alps to me, although I cannot for the life of me make out what those squiggley things on top of her head is.

Stephane Rolland mixed in some eastern concepts into his designs for Jean-Louis Scherre, offering many richly embroidered caftans. Normally I'm not much of a fan of these kinds of combinations, but I rather like how this one is done. Simple, yet elegant with a hint of culture.

And last but certainly not least, was Lebanese designer, Elie Saab's collection, with colorful playful dresses, which has a distinctive Mediterranean mermaid flair to it. Isn't this golden dress just soo extremely gorgeous and ethereal?

And how about this one? I just love the color of this dress, makes me want to jump into the sea and become a mermaid. As you may have noticed, many of his creations for this collection features a bunch of flowers around the neck.