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Haute Couture Spring 2014 Hits & Misses (Forum Buzz)

Relative newcomers like Hussein Chalayan and Bouchra Jarrar hit high notes when it came to this season’s couture while usual favorites Raf Simons and Karl Lagerfeld failed to excite. And just what did our oh-so-honest forum members have to say about it all? Read on to find out.

The Hits: Vionnet, Bouchra Jarrar, and Valentino. Images: IMAXtree

The Hits: Vionnet, Bouchra Jarrar, and Valentino. Images: IMAXtree



“Gorgeous! I find the whole collection to be very consistent and beautiful. What a great new addition to Haute Couture week.” [Psylocke]

“It is beyond the best of the season… what a languid yet experimental yet respectable collection. I think if Madame Vionnet were alive she would be absolutely mesmerized by this move. It really seems like this is the perfect platform for [Hussein] Chalayan to explore those more experimental ideas again but bringing in his newfound refinement.” [Scott]

“I was blown away by this collection. My first thought was, ‘Wait, who's designing for them now? I don't remember the RTW being this good…’ Then, of course, I noticed it was Hussein Chalayan and it all made sense. He's done a brilliant job.” [Selfportaitgrl]


Bouchra Jarrar

“All in all I love the collection! It's wearable, chic, with touches of toughness and glam rock while still holding true to her identity of wearable elegance with flawless construction… the fact that it is wearable and adheres to the true essence of couture leaves me to believe the eponymous house can do no wrong.” [thercbray]

“This is one of the best collections of the season. It's so pure. It's so simple yet so intricate. She's an amazing designer, she deserves more recognition.” [SGaspar]

“Just look at her cutting… it is rare to see that sort of crisp mastery outside of Antwerp. Criminally underrated she is.” [Scott]



“A relief! This couture week has been too white for me… I needed this.” [GERGIN]

“The details are amazing, I love the entire collection. They said on Twitter that the finale dress took 2,000 hours to create.” [rougevalentino]

“Yet another exquisite collection from Valentino… The details are insanely gorgeous. I love how there is lots of variety without it being all over the place. It's all beautifully tied together. Everything seems very organic and extremely refined which, after all, is what haute couture is all about. Bravo!” [Nepenthes]

See all the looks and read our review of the Valentino collection.