Haute Couture season is renowned for its glamour and drama and this year’s Paris’ shows certainly didn’t disappoint.
Feathers? Tick. Sequins? Tick. Elaborate styling? Tick. These custom made creations really are the stuff of dreams (each one is worth a few hundred hundred thousand pounds…) and while we might never be lucky enough to actually own one that doesn’t mean we can’t admire from afar.
Pump up the Volume
More was definitely more for plenty of the designers, including Valentino and Schiaparelli. We’re talking big shoulders, full skirts and over the top necklines. While pastels still reigned supreme bolder, brighter colours are beginning to creep through with the likes of Ralph & Russo fully embracing strong tones and a mixed palette. Pink was predominant – the more shocking the better – and added some serious vibrancy in a sea of neutrals.
Froth and feathers were the order of the day at Giambattista Valli, Alexis Mabille and Armani. Think Big Bird inspired chic with only arms on show. Unapologetically over the top these show stoppers are exactly what haute couture is all about. Never mind being able to afford one, imagine having an invite for an occasion worthy of such a gown!
All that Glitters
No good fashion week would be complete without a dash of dazzle. Azzaro went for full blown embellishment while at Chanel (who recreated the streets of Paris on its runway) it was just a sprinkling of sequins. Givenchy went one step further with a collection featuring muted metallics and head to toe sparkle (with a few feathers thrown in for good measure).
Ethereal was the order of the day when it came to bridal wear. Karl Lagerfeld sent models out in pistachio at Chanel, Dior went for neutral mesh, Ellie Saab offered serious Disney inspired styling while Ralph & Russo chose whiter than white.
Yoga mat hats, imprisoned nipples (it could only happen at John-Paul Gaultier!), abstract tailoring, sinister spikes and stilettos complete with iPhone holsters – these were just a few of the more outrageous creations on the runway.