Each year, I anxiously anticipate Paris Couture Week with abundant appreciation for designers' showcasing of their optimum creativity and talent in the form of sculptural drama, larger than life ensembles, and towering headpieces. After viewing the annual collections, I am always overcome with an incredible urge to emulate the over-the-top looks as an homage to fashion in its highest form of art. To recreate the aesthetic of couture, however, is an incredibly difficult goal to accomplish without being involuntarily committed to a nearby mental hospital or mistaken for the queen of avant garde, Lady Gaga.
After rummaging through my closet and (yet again) revisiting this year's most fabulous couture looks, I discovered that floor length gowns along with their less formal cousin, the maxi dress, evoke a similar curiosity and appreciation from passers-by (without inciting looks of horror) as does an artistically formed couture masterpiece a la Karl Lagerfeld. This phenomenon is most certainly due to the effect such a length has on the perception of the height of the body in addition to the copious amount of fabric, flowing and unabashed, upon which there can be found repeating prints intent on mesmorizing those who become lost in its theme or a large work of art, beckoning more than just a glance to decipher its monumental form.