I have always been a big fan of the couture shows as I love to see the incredible work that is on display, whether it is the beading, the feather work, the intricate detail or the fabrics used, they all add together to very rarely disappoint in what is shown on the catwalk.  The spring Couture shows have been no different with some sensational collections taking to the catwalk!

In the last couple of days 3 of my favourites who each have exhibited a unique style whilst at the same time staying true to their own visions are Serkan Cura, Zuhair Murad and Ralph and Ross.  One of the other plusses in after the couture shows is coming across new designers or designers that have not been ones that I have followed too closely over the past few seasons but who have never the less left an impression this season with what they have produced for their couture collections.

Serkan Cura www.serkancouture.com is really known for his incredible feather craft and is doing things that no one else is attempting and this collection was more of the same and was incredible. Particular highlights were plumes  worked to resemble fur and fashioned into a pantsuit that floated down the catwalk. Feathers also sprouted from the hips,  something that Cura is getting known for, and were arranged flower like on shoulder pieces to create definition and form.

This was a show that highlighted the incredible craftsmanship that Cura exhibits with each collection and this time he did not disappoint!

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Feathers, feathers and more feathers – inspired and delightful!

Zuhair Murad’s www.zuhairmurad.com  spring couture show was built around the them of a garden in full bloom.   This was a bit of a departure for the Lebanese designer from the usual racy gowns that have made him a favourite of stars including Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart and created a softer more feminine approach to the collection presented this time.

There were of course a series of red-carpet looks in ivory, black and gold, as we are at the height of red carpet season and with the Oscars fast approaching the wish to get one of the top stars to wear an couture outfit becomes pretty fierce. There was the short-sleeve column dress that was covered with black sequins,  while a nude tulle gown with a sweeping skirt featured a black sequins motif.

This was followed by a sequence of heavily embellished gowns in pastel hues. Piled with shiny fabric flowers, sequins and feathers, they spoke strongly of opulence.

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Intricate, delicate and delightful!

For London-based Ralph & Russo www.ralphandrusso.com this was the first time they were invited and showed in Paris and with this first collection here they went for Forties and Fifties couture glamour, bringing screen stars of a bygone era to mind. There was a pale-pink jacket embellished with rosettes, paired with a flaring skirt, and a nude silk Georgette gown set off with a black velvet belt that just screamed old Hollywood glamour. In a more streamlined vein, a slender gown in white silk crêpe was topped with a matching cape that was reminiscent of Roman Holiday.

The creative director at Ralph & Russo is Australian Tamara Ralph who already has a high-profile client list that includes Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. The showing of this couture collection marked the first time since 1915 that a British brand was invited to show on the official couture calendar here in Paris— a fantastic coup for this wonderful showing of old style glamour and couture brilliance.  Any of the looks presented here would look perfect on Oscar night coming down the red carpet and bringing back some real old world Hollywood glamour!

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Australian creative designer Tamara Ralph creates a red carpet worthy couture collection for Paris!

Fewer words and more pictures for this post and as you can see from these 3 collections the wonderful creations that each house sent down the catwalk do not need lots of accompanying type to be delighted in.  All strong and brilliant in their own way!