Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Paris Haute Couture: Day 2

Couture week kicked off on Sunday evening and over the next few days I will bring you the highlights from each day, everyday at 3:30! 
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10:00 a.m. : Schiaparelli
Bertrand Guyon christened the beginning of his reign at Schiaparelli with Theatre d’Elsa, an imaginary stage - a nod to 1930’s Paris theatres. Who better to have front row than Meg Ryan and Farida Khelfa, his muse and the house ambassador. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli of Valentino were also perched front row, given that Guyon served as their assistant previously.
Gracing the runway were velvets, chiffon and brocade. Everything was decadent and perfectly Schiaparelli. Paying homage to the label’s founder, Guyon emblazoned an illustration of Elsa Schiaparelli on a fur skirt. A shocking pink fur top with chiffon sleeves and a pussy bow featured love heart cut-outs revealing the letter ’S’.
Everything in this collection was regal, old Hollywood-glam and simply gorgeous. This new chapter at the chronicled house will be a blisteringly brilliant one.
 Photo Credit: style.com
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2:30 p.m. - Christian Dior
In the fertile present, Raf Simons blends the lines between the past and the future. At the Musée Rodin, the couture show had a purple carpet, and a gargantuan set. Scaffolding was erected and bright florals adorned the plexiglass panels.
The Belgian designer’s Christian Dior Haute Couture outing transported us to the conservative 50’s but the cuts were decidedly futuristic. The virginal whites made the models appear as Grecian goddesses in the modern day. Eschewing from the use of buttons, models clenched their coats to a close. With one sleeve missing and the other fur, the coats were intriguing and sartorially elegant. Circular chain-mail vests were worn over red carpet friendly numbers. 
The set may have set the scene as industrial industrial because of the scaffolds. But the clothes were tear-jerkingly angelic. Models were navigating their way through the colourful urban jungle. If only the world was as bright as Raf Simons promised it to be.
Photo Credit: twitter.com/dior
Photo Credit: style.com
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6:30 p.m. : Ralph & Russo
Ralph & Russo was the standout label at the Cannes Film Festival this year, producing the best, and most memorable, red carpet moments (here and here). Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are the couture dream team on the schedule since 2014. 
For Fall 2015 they set the scene with a moonlit forest backdrop. Chaste whites, richly embroidered, progressed into champagnes, pale pinks, gold, navy and deep rust. hues. I immediately fell in love with a strapless liquid gold gown with a wide skirt and flowing train. A scarlet chiffon gown with a billowing train was another impressive look.
Every red carpet between now and the Cannes Film Festival should be enriched with a R&R outing. With fabulous thigh high splits and floor-sweeping trains all of these gowns will be lapped up by the couturiers clientele.
 Photo Credit: nowfashion.com
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7:30: Giambattista Valli


Giambattista Valli loves to put on a show. He does it oh so elegantly and gracefully. He favours a wide catwalk (to accommodate flowing trains and to add a copious amount of drama) over a large set. You’re guaranteed to see some amazing things grace the runway, and this season; nothing change. 
A floral embroidered coat with a burst of dip-dyed plumage. A ruffled-chiffon neckline mini with a thick crystal embellished hem. Frothy tulle skirts with floral and feather, respectively, embroidered dresses. Charming floral prints. All of that was on offer in this collection, which was viewed by Jessica Alba and Olvia Palermo. To close out the show, five models - Ondria Hardin, Vanessa Moody, Sasha Pivovarova - all glided down the runway in a few-metre-long layered-tulle trains. The tangerine one was the best. 
Drama packed, gorgeous gowns, high glamour. Giambattista Valli is on top of the couture game.
Photo Credit: nowfashion.com
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