Always fabulous, my dear Didit Hediprasetyo's Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection, presented at the Hotel de Crillon, was inspired in the beginning on a journey to Tokyo and the discovery of the Meiji Shrine, where visitors hang on the trees wooden tablets, on which they have written their dearest wishes. So expect no obscure concepts, diamonds or sequins in this 2011 Spring-Summer collection: just the desire to transcribe these moments of grace, these simple pleasures, in a silhouette as pink as a Ladurée macaroon, as light as a breath but firmly rooted in its times.
There is sugar candy in these looks fitting to the millimetre, and a certain taste for the twist. The fit of a skirt refines the organic forms of a millefeuille drape on an off-the-shoulder top. The simplicity of a spaghetti strap gently contradicts the volutes of an Obi sash at the back. A perfectly judged casual jersey tank top slips beneath icing-pink duchess satin ruffles. The trench coat spirit disrupts the style, with a gun flap on a herringbone jacket, or a square-buckled belt on a sheath dress, while straight-cut geisha skirts take unrestrained shape with the cool chic of daytime couture.
Alongside youthful pinks, vine peach shades, blush pinks and milk-and-strawberries, in turn faded or pushed to saturation point (almost neon-bright), digital prints inspired by marble effects and watery reflections cloud the vision in all-over style on a sheath dress. Even the precious songket, the brocade embroidered with gold or silver thread typical of sacred ceremonies in Bali, bows to the will of Didit Hediprasetyo who, flouting tradition, cuts it, drapes it and sews it on the right and even the wrong side, revealing sublime irregularities in the hand-made fabric like tiny instants of happiness.
Watch the Didit Hediprasetyo Haute Couture Spring 2011 show finale below: