Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Paris Haute Couture: Day 3

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. : Chanel

Full review on July 28th

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1:30 p.m. : Bouchra Jarrar


Bouchra Jarrar is the Parisian couturier from Moroccan ancestry, whose wares are quintessentially elegantly avant-garde. Walking along the cloisters at the Lycé Henri-IV for the Fall 2015 couture collection, models wore exquisite daywear which slightly blurred gender lines. 
Jarrar’s opening look was a silk robe and sculpted crop top was finished with wide-leg trousers. Look 5 was a venture in to evening wear. Waleska Gorczevski floated around the concrete runway in her bias-cut silk gown. It was stunnings; as was a similar pale grey dress.
Bodices were richly detailed with crystal embellishments. A criss-cross harness with embellishments also feature fur and feather embroideries. Another was a pailette and fur embroidered top. 
Photo Credit: nowfashion.com
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2:30 p.m. : Stéphane Rolland
Stéphane Rolland has downgraded from a huge production of a catwalk show at the Palais de Tokyo to an intimate presentation. Presentations are much better most of the time, in my opinion - especially for couture. You can spend time amongst the garments and absorb the detail. Only 18 looks were presented this time. 
The collection was quite experimental but aspects of most of the looks were repetitive. The first four and fifth look reminded me of his Fall 2012 collection. Extravagant shapes (see the gold plated neckline) were reminiscent of collections past. 
A lot of the looks were lust-worthy but it was instantly forgettable. Perhaps a red carpet moment (Fan Bingbing, Sonam Kapoor take note) or catwalk spectacle would’ve fared this collection better.

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6:00 p.m. : Armani Privé
Giorgio Armani sought inspiration from another designer this season. Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking pink found its way into the Armani Privé collection. The showspace was shrouded in the electric pink hue, the models lips were stained pink, the looks were pink (and blue, purple and green). 3-D beading, feather embroidery, embellishments, velvet and satin were all components in creating the luxurious collection. 
As always, my favourite part of the collection was the slew of gowns at the end. Embellished gowns, plunging necklines, gradient colouring. In this underwhelming collection, the gowns saved the day. They were stunning. 
Photo Credit: style.com
Photo Credit: nowfashion.com
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7:30 p.m. : Alexandre Vauthier
Alexandre Vauthier is the king of rock chic. His ethos is sexy, custom-made rock star glam. For Fall 2015, the designer looked to Native Americana for his collection. 
Vanessa Moody opened the show, storming the brightly lit catwalk in a leather cocoon dress with a heap of tassels. Daria Strokous closed the show in a gold, embellished mini dress with a plunging neckline which took 1,600 hours to make. It was a stunning dress. Look 27 was my favourite. A spaghetti strap floor sweeping gown with a thigh high split and feather embroidery. 
Undeniably the most sexual collection of the week, it was full to the brim of gorgeous, expensive outfits that will be sure make women feel like a million dollars. 
 Photo Credit: style.com 
Photo Credit: nowfashion.com

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