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Best of Haute Couture for Spring/Summer 2014

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The haute couture shows have once again set paris abuzz, and for summer 2014, butterflies dominate the runway.jean-paul gaultier himself could not resist the theme, even transforming dita von teese into an exquisite butterfly-of-the-night whilst another star attended the versace show: lady gaga, muse of the latest collection.on the accessories front, maison martin margiela suggests a chic mask; an embroidered veil covers eyes with rhinestones or mixing couture and a sporty twist when teamed with glamorous sneakers by christian dior or chanel.it is no surprise that once again chanel wins the award for best setting, recreating the ‘cambon club’ at the grand palais with a concert hall and orchestra accompanied by singer sébastien tellier.regarding the essential trends for summer 2014: there is the very light, short look whilst jumpsuits, miniskirts and super short dresses rejuvenate haute couture.and yet the piece that makes its audience swoon remains the sublime suit, either sensual highwaisted knickers from alexandre vauthier or in black by bouchra jarrar.let’s not forget schiaparelli’s grand return to the runway after 60 years.and lastly, these shows are synonymous with parties, as asserted by giorgio armani who invites 450 guests to supper after the show as well as to discover his travelling exhibition which stops over in paris for just a few days.interviews:alexis mabille:this butterfly attack idea gives you a glimpse of the bowtie so of our story and i had the desire to see them in a more aggressive way, like in hitchcock’s film, instead of birds, the models are devoured by butterflies who eat their heads.yiqing yin:the moth really is a creature that i am both fascinated and frightened by. there is always a combination of force and fragility or fluidity, of grace, with the notion of loose clothing so when it moves, it leaves behind an imprint.raf simons:in order to make it very light, it was complicated because i had to find a way of treating the fabrics so that we could create volumes without having all the heaviness.carla bruni-sarkozy :there is the schiaparelli image that i imagined with several prints and originality and at the same time, i found it very contemporary and something wearable for the women of today. that was magnificent.music from the show