I never really took notice of Armani Privé because I perceived it to be a brand about heavy beading and 'expected' Oscar dress choices for many starlets. Upon seeing the spring collection I somewhat changed my mind. It wasn't couture as one imagines it, theatrical and over the top, but wearable and ever so beautiful. I just want to run my hand along the seams of the silky fabrics as they look so perfectly constructed! Simple, clean and covetable.
Dior did what it did best: melodramatics. I'm not a particular fan because I cannot see anyone wearing this (many will say Lady Gaga or Daphne Guinness) however one day the collections will make a great museum exhibit. Still, this is couture and there's enough whimsy and creative ideas to make it interesting. Also this collection at least attempted to look different from the previous 2 or 3 that, in my mind, were no different from one another.
Elie Saab. It was all I anticipated the collection to be, in a good way. Must we always push boundaries and try to make something outrageous and expensive that looses its worth in over-the-top silhouettes? JUST NO! There is still beauty in exquisite dresses and nude palettes adorned with lace and intricate details. To me, Saab is much a classic couturier. There's a sense of history and couture is just that, not clothing to be worn but to be admired. Style.com was, in my opinion, incompetent to write that 'it was just a bit too fantasy-prom to cut it in Couture week'. The collection was angelic. To me couture should forever try and play on a fantasy for a woman that wants to escape the dreary pavements of the ordinary world and Saab succeeded in transporting a fragment of the sky into his creations.