Seen by many to be an archaic institution with no connection to the real world of today, the consumers of these cripplingly expensive dresses are primarily Middle Eastern women, many of them from Royal families.
The most we plebeians can do to engage with couture is to drool over the catwalk images of the couture shows twice a year, thus making for a detached relationship with what is in fact a venerable practice that deserves to be respected and revered.
Although the clients of couture may remain in their ivory towers, hidden from view of most of the world, one woman can be credited with essentially bringing couture back: wearing it on the red carpets, on the front rows - and always with such aplomb that we cannot fail but to sit up and take notice. That woman is Chinese actress and lOreal girl Fan Bingbing, who was recently named by fashion blogger Simon G as being the heavy weight champion of couture dressing.
From Elie Saab to Zuhair Murad, Bingbing is currently blazing a made-to-measure trail on the red carpets of the Busan International Film Festival. Shes a frequent fixture on the front rows of Paris RTW and Couture, and whether shes wearing floor-length lace Dior or swathes of kimono by Chinese designer Bo Kewen, she always manages to add her own personal twist to the look, be it the addition of a belt or a tiny adjustment to the draping of a gown. Not only is she startlingly beautiful, but shes got all the poise necessary to pull off couture.
If youre looking for a reason to engage once more with the most beautiful dresses on earth, take a moment to enjoy our gallery of Fans flawless style.More