Friday, July 10, 2015

Paris & Rome Haute Couture // Day 5

Couture week kicked off on Sunday evening and over the past few days I have brought you the highlights from each day. This is the last instalment for this season.

12:00 p.m. : Zuhair Murad
Zuhair Murad was seeing stars for his Fall 2015 couture collection. The Lebanese designer’s wares featured star motifs along with his signature beading. The embellishment proved problematic this season. It is becoming extremely hard to distinguish between Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab. The two have very similar outfits and that’s a shame. Yes, Murad works the sexy angle with finesse and in a more overt fashion than Saab, and he usually uses a darker different colour palette. That is becoming repetitive. Shades of blue can take you so far. The overlapping use of teal wasn’t the best move for the couturier. Like I said in my Elie Saab review, repetition is disheartening when the clothes are pretty.
Murad must’ve been feeling glum this season, or so his colour palette may have you believe. However, despite the use of a hue associated with sadness, this collection was a jubilant affair. 
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7:00 p.m. : Valentino
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to bring their Valentino couture collection to their native city, Rome, Italy, for Fall 2015. Guests were given a tour of Rome; Valentino style. In buildings that are closed off to the public, dresses from previous collections were exhibited. Instagram was abuzz with photos and the hashtag used - Mirabilia Romae. For those of you who didn’t take Latin or brush up on it before the Roman presentation, that means Marvels of Rome. This collection was a marvel and a perfect homage to the Eternal City. The city’s symbol, an aquila (eagle), was embellished delicately on looks as well as it being cut into the opening look worn by Maartje Verhoef. 
As the light diminished, models descended on the wooden runway at the closed-off Piazza Mignanelli - where the new flagship store will be located. Regal robes and dainty dresses were on offer in the 59-piece collection. Exalted angels and sinister ladies glided down the catwalk in their intricately detailed dresses and in their sandals. A slew of Valentino red dresses made it down the runway. One was a draped one shouldered dress; followed by a lace dress under a detailed coat; before a chiffon dress with a bib-style neckline; culminating in a tulle gown with a bib-bodice. Eliza Thomas wore a cape-style mini dress with patchwork detailing. Look 45 was a gold leaf embroidered and embellished dress with feather details. Fit for a gladiator fight, the model stormed the runway as she would the battlefield in her aptly titled gladiator sandals. The Valentino girl will always win and she wore a crown to show this.
The show was executed perfectly. A religiously operatic soundtrack played to the models march on Rome. Everything about this collection was beautiful. It is the best way to describe. Beautiful. It ended in a standing ovation. How often do we see one of those. Enthralling end to couture week.
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