In the fast changing world of today, Haute Couture represents everything opposite of fashion fashion: custom fitting, hand made, one of a kind, time consuming, expensive, ridiculously slow delivery time.
On top of that, to get the title approved by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, you must have a team of at least 20 full time skillful couture trained craftsmen in an atelier in Paris to create custom made clothing in custom fittings for private clients, which has been diminishing over the past century with the current number of around 4000 according to the unofficial count by Vogue.
Even though doubted as a leftover of old world, the charm of Haute Couture is never in question. The extreme luxury fashion is expressed with Haute Couture garments. The designers can demonstrate their creativity and technical skills by designing breathtaking visionary dreams without constraints of popularity, approval of product manager or whether or not it’s going to end up in the sales rack in a mall. It’s a type of lean-manufacturing as the clothing would not be created unless demanded.
The enormous press publicity and brand influence are other perks that comes with Haute Couture shows, which gives the essential essence of luxury to fashion business. In other words, you may not be able to afford it but you can look up to it and buy something you can afford from the brands, maybe from their ready to wear collection or a lipstick.
As Haute Couture Fall 2016 wrapped up, let’s take a look at breathtaking runway shoes Haute Couture 2016 fashion week:
Chanel Haute Couture Shoes
Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais in Paris into a couture atelier this time. Models walked though the sewing room while the couture craftsmen are working on the gorgeous creations as background.
The inside peek of atelier is refreshing and interesting. It addressed the curiosity about the creation process of Haute Couture garments, which is worldly famous but only a handful ateliers are running in Paris. By putting it on the stage, Karl Lagerfeld made it appreciated and approachable, like Coco Chanel invited her audience to the atelier in the old days.
The shoes on the runway of Chanel Haute Couture are simply designed to counter fit the gorgeous embroidered ornamented couture dresses. Featuring kitten heels and square toes, the black suede boots are tight fit with silhouette runs to the ankle or thigh high. For a Haute Couture show, Chanel black suede boots are actually very wearable. They surely will be one of the hottest best sellers when the weather getting chilly.
Atelier Versace Haute Couture Shoes
Karen Elson opened Atelier Versace Haute Couture fashion show in a blush robe coat with seafoam lining and a scarlet bustier dress underneath.
“This collection is different for me. I put a lot of attention on draping, and less on embroideries and super-sexy.” said Donatella Versace.
As the intricate draping, wrapping, and folding pieces curving around the body, the shoes on the runway are equally sexy. Featuring pointy toe and stiletto, Atelier Versace Haute Couture shoes are elegant and well crafted. Two side straps are tied up on the toe box as a asymmetric bow, added color contrast to the total shoe design.
Christian Dior Haute Couture Shoes
Christian Dior Haute Couture fall 2016 collection is feminine, joyful and relaxed, very much in trend with casual wear these days.
Featuring ornamented straps, the shoes on the runway are flat sandals with wrap and tie around the ankle. The flat sandals on the runway of Dior Haute Couture are not particularly high fashion, but very wearable for a summer vacation outfit.
Since Raf Simons quit Christian Dior suddenly last October, the house was going through some rough time. The brand recently announced the appointment of Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri as the new creative chief. Would Maria bring the Italian chic to the French fashion house? Let’s wait and see.
Elie Saab Haute Couture Shoes
Elie Saab Haute Couture fall 2016 is themed as “New York, New York” since the brand will have a new store up and running at Madison Avenue in 2017.
The shoes on the runway of Elie Saab Haute Couture show are intricately designed with cut outs, woven strap, golden piping and glitters, perfect for a grand occasion or red carpet looks.
Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Shoes
Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Fall 2016 collection is inspired by the study of cymatics, to be more specifically, the image of geometric patterns of cymatics visualizes sound waves. The designer transformed the pattern to the dresses with printed or woven organza, honeycomb-like quilted effects or pleats.
Iris van Herpen shoes on the runway of Haute Couture fall 2016 are definitely the most impressive dramastic ones, even though not very wearable for your daily outfit. The models on the runway were walking around in super high platform peep toe boots with laser cut upper and two parts base connected with a laser patterned vertical panel.
Valentino Haute Couture Shoes
Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2016 collection is themed as Elizabethan. The high white ruffs, doublets, bodices, puffed sleeves, and robes, often seen on the portraits of high Catholicism Renaissance, were presented on the runway.
The boots on the runway of Valentino Haute Couture fall 2016 feature knee high biker boots silhouette with sturdy rubber sole, lace up front and multiple buckles on the side.
Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Shoes
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2016 collection is themed as woods. The wood-grain print appeared on everything from catsuit to coat with a bit of fox fur and feather touch.
The pumps on the runway of Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture fall 2016 are wood texture imprinted too, shimmering in golden brown. Wooden platforms are the must-have when it comes to woods theme and so did Jean Paul Gaultier, featuring metallic brown cut out upper or satin pleated straps in forest green.