Saturday, 16 October 2010

Couture in the 21st Century

Couture in the 21st Century

As a lover of couture, I was delighted to be at the launch of ‘Couture in the 21st Century’ – a collaboration between Harrods Publishing and world renowned photographer Rankin.  The book consists of a number of interviews with well known designers like Armani, Roland Mouret and Oscar de la Renta, talking about their relationship with couture.  Up and coming designers such as Erdem and Hannah Marshall are also featured in the book, which is a must-have for anyone who has an interest in or love of couture.  The book itself, is absolutely beautiful, with an intricate cover, that actually looks like is has been designed by a couturier.

The event was very well attended, and it was great to see designers like Antonio Berardi, Roland Mouret, Hannah Marshall, and Stephen Jones, mingling with up and coming fashion bloggers, which is a new and interesting direction for Harrods.  Fashion and Beauty Director, was also in attendance, as was Deborah Bee, Author and Editor-in-Chief of Harrods Publishing.

For me, the book is a delightful insight into the world of couture. Personally, I was introduced to this wonderful world many years ago by my mother, who is a lover of all things Chanel and Armani.  Reading the book brought back memories of her beautiful wardrobe and her exquisite attention to detail.  It also reminded me that true lovers of couture have a very special relationship with it that goes way beyond the realms of mere fashion.  For me, couture is art and when applied to the body, it becomes art in motion.  A truly magical experience, that stays with you for a lifetime and leaves a stylish imprint on the soul.

For anyone out there, who wishes to indulge their senses in couture, then this book is a must-have.

Buy the book here

Stephen Jones, Millinery Designer

Antonio Berardi, Designer 

Hannah Marshall, Designer and
Marigay McKee, Fashion & Beauty Director

Deborah Bee, Author and Editor-in-Chief of Harrods Publishing
and Giovanni Bedin, Designer House of Worth

STYLISA and Roland Mouret

STYLISA and Hannah Marshall

Part of the Fashion Blogger Pack in attendance

And more pics from the night...


  1. It looks like you had a fabulous night and met some very inspiring people.

    I can't wait to pick that book up, anything that involves Harrods, Rankin and couture are a MUST-have in my opinion!

    Sarah Betty xx

  2. Wow, this all looks wonderful! I'm very jealous