Paris couture Fashion week descended on us last week, a glamorous haze of Chantilly lace, layers of silk and intricate embroidery. Always an alluring highlight on the fashion calendar, guests and competitive dressers from all over the world held nothing back as they prepared to attend the various shows. Hand made, beautifully designed looks from infamous fashion houses Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Christian Dior and Maison Martin Margiela showcased their Haute couture. So here are some of the delectable highlights for you to feast your eyes on…..
Inspired by old black and white films and photographs Donatella Versace’s Haute Couture collection had a nostalgic and sparkling twist for this autumn/winter. Not only was her inspiration drawn from the past but her show featured Naomi Campbell, her first appearance in a Versace show in fifteen years. Replacing her signature bright colours and prints with midnight hues of navy, green and black Versace reflected the feminine, frosted glamour of old cinema. Featuring sleek silhouettes and tailored suits. Uma Thurman summed up the collection afterwards by saying, “just wonderful – like real old-time glamour”
Raf Simons drew inspiration from women around the world thinking first and foremost about his customer. Featuring candy striped sequinned fishtails, Maasai inspired tassels and contemporary twists on traditional cuts. While maintaining the classic feminine silhouette – Simons incorporated colour inspiration from Africa, constructed his fabrics in a typically Asian style while turning to Europe for Parisian creativity.
“This collection is about focusing on the reality of the woman herself, including her culture and personality; it is not the reality of just wearing the clothes but how a woman chooses to wear them.” – Raf Simons
Karl Lagerfeld delved deep into his imagination to create yet another dream world for his autumn couture collection for Chanel crafted in a recently expanded Chanel atelier. Inside the Grand Palais guests arrived to a bomb site, quite literally. A crumbling theatre complete with dust and debris showcased the largely monochromatic collection. Featuring flared, drop-waisted skirts layered with large perspex belts and slim jackets. Of course it wouldn’t be Chanel without the signature tailored tweed and textured jackets and the ability to mix and match the pieces even within a couture collection.
Giorgio Armani Privé
Featuring predominantly paler tones of pearl, beige and pale pink hues, Amarni Privé’s couture collection for this autumn/winter was a study of light entitled ‘Nude’. Traditionally Armani-esque jackets, bias cuts and delicate satin, the models floated down the runway looking ethereal with small clutches, pearls and the occasional pop of black to break up the ensembles.
Maison Martin Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela brought an everyday look to Paris Couture Fashion Week. Models walked masked down the runway wearing jeans and oversized tops, jewelled crop tops and knee high boots. Rubber shorts and t-shirts cut away at the back were worn with the sleeves casually rolled up. As the show progressed, ornately embroidered dresses and coats appeared and eventually the show became a display of floating satin dresses and elbow length black gloves.