HAUTE COUTURE SPRING 2012
THE HOUSE OF WORTH
Once again, creative director Giovanni Bedin chose the reception rooms of the gorgeous hôtel particulier France-Amériques as the perfect spot in which to unveil his latest Haute Couture collection for The House of Worth. Over the past few years, I’ve followed Giovanni’s evolving reinterpretation of the corset, which he took to an even higher level this season. He’s still designing ballerina-like masterpieces, but this time he added long gowns with amazing details. And while the strong, winged shoulders might be a bit too much for most women to wear, we all know the Haute Couture is all about concepts and imagination (backed up by Old World craftsmanship of rare precision).
Giovanni’s intricate ensembles combine lace and chiffon with stiffer fabrics and corsetry, making them look both soft and architectural at the same time (the Louvre’s famous Greek sculpture of The Winged Victory of Somothrace comes to mind). But the standout, for me, was a short, black layered ballerina dress. Even Giovanni agreed: Susan, he said, this one has your name on it!
Photographs by Stéphane Israël