Revitalising Couture Week← Back
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The much anticipated Haute Couture shows began last night in Paris, marking the final event to be held under the presidency of Didier Grumbach. Boasting a diverse host of international fashion houses, 26 designers will show their Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2014 collections. The first night saw Atelier Versace open the proceedings, which regularly garners media attention with its A-list guests; Stéphanie Coudert made her debut on the couture calendar, after ten years of private order production, and couturier Fred Sathal returned to the schedule after an eight year leave from the fashion circuit.
Fred Sathal, Image Source - WWD
After presiding over the prestigious Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de la Mode, as well as the couture division of the Fédération, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for 16 years, Grumbach is stepping down and handing on the relay to Ralph Toledano. Didier Grumbach has been an influential figure in Parisian fashion for the past 40 years, and is known for, among other things, launching the Rive Gauche branch of YSL. He has also had considerate influence in the making of the careers of the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. Ralph Toledano hails from the Barcelona-based Puig, a fashion and fragrance company, which owns Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier and licenses such as Prada and Valentino.
While the early 2000s may have seen a decline in the interest and profitability of Haute Couture, with houses such as Balmain and Christian Lacroix discontinuing their couture lines, Didier Grumbach had a key role in preserving the prestige of the much sought-after designation and has been influential in the rise in popularity and economic profit of Haute Couture in more recent years.