Haute Couture Week in Paris is as dreamy as it is decadent. The line-up as Italian influenced as the backdrop is Parisian, the shows served a much needed escape for busy fashion enthusiasts. Even all the way in Australia, every (European) spring, work worries and general grievances fall to the wayside with every princess-worthy dress.
If you, like so many others, were too caught up in your Australia Day plans to bother to pay attention (how dare you), don’t get caught out, LC style. Be sure to get your Fashion Week fix and ensure you’re on top of all the action.
One look and it’s official, the 80’s are back. Making a resurgence in the political and now fashion spheres, despite our best efforts, this bold era seems impossible to repress. While evident throughout several designer’s work, it is most prominent in Alexandre Vauthier’s Haute Couture collection. This trend is in complete contrast to the heavily monochromatic palette of late, so is most welcome among statement lovers.
Versace meets Swarovski: a match made in heaven. Ornate evening gowns entranced eager onlookers with their old world elegance and grandeur. Silk chiffon, metal mesh and mirrored embroidery took centre stage, much to my delight.
Orange is the new black. Enough said.
Taking place on entrancing mirrored floors inspired by Coco Chanel’s own atelier, the Chanel show was nothing short of awe-inspiring. In true Lagerfeld style, skirt-suits and pussy-bow necklines subtly pushed the cause of powerful women around the world. And the icing on the cake? Bride, Lily Rose Depp took a bow with Karl to close.
A man-made pop-up garden is a true commitment to couture. Channelling mystical woodland fairies, the clothes that graced the catwalk blended seamlessly into the setting – pure magic.
Although it’s impossible to deny the unquenchable allure of Chanel, I have to say that Elie Saab takes the cake in this instance. The incredible creations whilst reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous naked dress, were equally as sophisticated. With an added element of Egyptian eloquence, Elie Saab exuded femininity at its finest.
As light as a feather, Givenchy’s Haute Couture collection was flawless. Embroidery and sheer lace panels expressed the extreme attention to detail and the idiosyncrasies evident in each piece ingrained Givenchy as the epitome of modern design.
Three words: over the top. But in the best possible way, of course. With gowns with trains for days and sleeves as large as the heads of the models who wore them, Giambattista Valli was all about beautiful excess.
Jean Paul Gaultier:
Jean Paul Gaultier made us all want to join Coco Rocha and ditch the city for good. His clothes told the story of a floral-filled, silk wrapped journey to the countryside that was all kinds of appealing. If a life without city lights means couture that chic, call the moving van.
John Galliano exceeded even the highest expectations with Maison Margiela Haute Couture Spring 17. Wild and evocative, the collection spoke volumes of the current political climate. Through the use of symbolism, sculpture and the intersection of past and present, he was able to highlight the issues at hand in style.
As lovely as ever, Valentino’s gowns were fit for Aphrodite herself. Contrasting concepts and a variety of fabrics were intertwined around an overriding Grecian influence, creating some of the most breathtaking pieces we’ve seen in years.
Viktor and Rolf:
Viktor and Rolf designs are easy on the eyes AND on the environment. Introducing upcycled couture. Vintage fabrics combined to create a contemporary masterpiece as vibrant as it is eco-friendly.
Sequins, spice and everything nice. Zuhair Murad is all about the sparkle this spring. Crystals and vivid colours made each item impossible to ignore, reinforcing the need for brightness in the muted world of style.
Prêt à porter week is only a month away. I wonder if there’s time to book a ticket?
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