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!
10:00 a.m. : Maison Margiela Artisanal
Full review on July 15th
12:30 p.m. : Elie Saab
Elie Saab is a red carpet favourite. I can’t think of a celebrity that wouldn’t look sensational. Resplendence can take you so far before repetition sets in. A sparkly, beaded gown isn’t exactly groundbreaking at this point. To keep things interesting - to an extent - Saab focused on silhouettes. Tiered dresses, empire waists, midi-length, and cape style dresses, laser cut details.
It is a shame that the vast majority was a repeat when it’s all so gorgeous. Almost all of the looks were desirable. Rich teals and golds and plums on beautiful models.
It was an amazing, nostalgic (he recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary) collection with an ample amount of beauty but a glimpse at previous collections and that dissipates quite a bit.
Collage photos: style.com
All other: nowfashion.com
4:00 p.m. : Viktor & Rolf
The art/fashion intersect conversation has been going on for some time now. Inspirations infiltrating designers collections. Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren show bi-annually during couture week and for Fall they adopted a literal interpretation of the art in fashion.
At the Palais de Tokyo, models appeared from backstage wearing blue smocks before Viktor and Rolf would dress them in misshapen dresses and skirts which just happened to be painting frames. Some were inverted, others displayed paintings. The architectural sculpting and the sheer brilliance of the idea made the collection most enjoyable.
Definitely the most interesting collection of the week, the Viktor & Rolf show will always present us with a plethora of ideas.
Photo Credit: nowfashion.com
7:30 p.m. : Fendi
Fendi ventured into haute fourrure yesterday evening and for those not apart of the fashion industry - especially vegans and silly people who can voluntarily do without meat but still harp on about the senseless killing of animals for their fur - this collection should come equipped with a trigger warning. With sable, mink and chinchilla on the models backs, this extravagant outing couldn’t have been possible without an extravagant set in true Karl Lagerfeld style. To celebrate his 50th anniversary at Fendi, the Théätre des Champs-Élysées hosted the show and a large Chiricio painting as the backdrop added some drama to this already dramatic outing. It has to be said, the meticulous attention to detail on the furs was wonderful. I couldn’t help but love the luxuriousness of it all. Gstaad ready, this Fendi collection, I believe, will fare well commercially.
Photo Credit: style.com