by David Pedroza, Editor in ChiefLast January, Christophe Josse was granted the official title of Grand Couturier by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the governing body of Paris's Haute Couture. A title well deserved for a couturier that has exemplified great design and workmanship in couture. For Spring 2012, Christophe Josse presented a beautiful, feminine collection of modern, wearable, feminine clothes. The show, held in the Salons France-Ameriques, in Paris's 8th arrondissement, was the perfect, yet contrasting, setting for a clothes that are well suited for a modern, contemporary woman, who appreciates refined clothing with exceptional details. Day wear was strong, dresses cut with geometrical seams, but constructed in a way that exude softness and curved silhouettes; finished in the most luxurious, sponged wool and silk crepe with lace inserts. Christophe Josse spoke to his clients with soft volumes and geometric forms, using all fabrics to their full potential. Beading was kept dense and monochromatic, or created by the use of the fabric itself (one evening dress had a a crocodile effect created by diamond shaped organza pieces). Some pieces were adorned with clear Lucite long bubbles, a suggestion of jewelry with an inspiration in sculpture. Colors went from far ends of the color spectrum, from light blush pinks, to rich, saturated emerald greens and fuchsia. Exceptional pieces included a pencil skirt, covered in a black and white ombre, paillette sequins; a black sequined and looped ribbon, little black dress; and the bridal gown, in fluted organza, adorned in the back with ruffles. Christophe Josse has created a strong following in the past years, from working girls to Saudi Princesses, but he creates clothes that will be desired for more generations to come.
Photos by Stephanie Kaufman for Master the Art of Style, 2012