Bouchra Jarrar reveals her haute couture Spring-Summer collection of women's everyday couture basics. Models appeared on the catwalk wearing futurist tailoring, like blazers, embellished jackets, gilets, tuxedo trousers, sequined bolero jackets. My personal favorites from the runway are minimalist satin gowns, asymmetric vests, boleros with kimono sleeves and lean leather perfecto jacket. Love the complexity of the looks, as you can see metallic threads, vinyl strips, diagonal zippers, glistening tweeds and those eye-catching natural shade feathers of brown and black.
Please welcome Chanel Spring-Summer Haute Couture show, which was all about "an ice palace, a nightclub on another planet". Models appeared on the catwalk wearing boleros, long dresses, cropped bolero jackets, couture sneakers (costs around $6000), 1920 inspired gowns, boxy suiting, fanny packs. It felt like Karl Lagerfeld's creations were made for "ice princesses," as almost all of the showcased pieces were athletic, corseted and crystallized. I personally find these looks quite athletic and sportive. The color palette comes in metallics, silver, ivory, pink, mint green, golden, creme and of course pastels. Lagerfeld explained why he used sneakers, it's because in the history of fashion women appeared in ball gowns wearing flat shoes around 1800 to 1845 and I think this history inspiration takes the couture fashion on the next level, modern level.
Italian designer Giambattista Valli shows us couture collection which is all about youth, femininity, florals, pastels and embroideries. Models appear in short dresses, fishtail gowns, appliquéd floral-print dresses, skirts, evening long gowns, party outfits. Lots of evening appropriate creations are accented by crystal embroideries. The color palette features rich jewel tones, blue, pink, black, ivory and pastels. Love the geometric embroideries. There is a great focus on the hips, that comes with structural bow-like finishes and origami folds. You can see that most of the clothes are mainly short and sharp.
Please welcome Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection's runway show. French designer was inspired by lightness and movement (butterflies and showgirls), that's why we see butterflies inspired outfits, like winged dresses and decorations on tops. My personal favorites from the show are simple black crepe dresses, corsets with butterfly markings, figure-hugging skirts, curve-hugging pencil skirts, decorated denim vests and flapper chic dresses. Love those creations with sleeves shaped like wings. Jean Paul Gaultier once again proves that he's still one of the most positive and influential designers. Love the way he shows the glamorous and burlesque touches of the show.
Raf Simons behind Dior presented Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection of ladylike elegance and strict, I would even say classic color palette. Indeed, I really felt in love with that lightness, airiness and openness of the clothes. You are about to see soft pastels, bright whites, black and midnight navy colors as well as creative prints, cutouts and eye-catching embellishments. So, the spring modernized couture comes with youth tribes in jacquard tops, couture dresses with flower-strewn trainers, dresses with short A-line skirts and floor-length gowns. All in all, we are viewing the real sweetness and light ensembles.
Schiaparelli Couture Spring-Summer comes with daring and powerful styles, that are perfect for cosmopolitan women. Models appeared on the stage wearing punky color hairstyles, evening jackets with carrot buttons, striped sequined T-shirt gowns, palette-encrusted brocade bodysuits, pale-green satin coats, elegant, silk chiffon skirts and flat shoes. Love the sense of color and decoration it feels so surrealistic to me. The headwear was inspired by the work of John Galliano, like those crazy shoe-shaped hats. So, you are about to see vivid prints, gorgeous embroidery and creative jewelry.
Please welcome Karl Lagerfeld Fall-Winter Chanel Couture collection, which is inspired by “The Old World and the New World.” Lagerfeld sent his girls with thick brows and hair done for rockabilly height wearing layered outfits done in meaty fabrics, like wools, ribbons, silks. Here you will find fresh offerings, which included short skirts with longer suede underskirts, "stocking shoes" (which looked like a thigh-high legwear), 1970's inspired soft-skirted dresses, easy t-shirts, sensible suits in army-greentweed and other pretty couturish items. I love this collection's autumn color palette which came with whites, blacks and grays.
The latest Christophe Josse Autumn-Winter Couture collection is inspired by Urals. Designer introduces light, loose-fitted and ultra-feminine silhouettes. The catwalk introduced Near Eastern princesses in amazing creations, starting from embroidered coats to silk-fringe collar-scarves, wrap dresses with lamb leather folds and wool caftans. There was kind of effortlessly elegant air during the runway show, as models appeared in muted palette designs.
Atelier Gustavo Lins autumn Couture collection comes with "everyday" couture must-haves, as Brazilian designer showcases beautiful creations accessorized with leather and furs. Gustavo Lins was inspired by the simplicity of Japanese architect Tadao Ando's works (how I love his buildings designs and that Dream Chair!). Models appeared in cut black foal pencil skirts, ensembles influenced by kimono, white-and-black printed silk rider jackets with lambskin bustiers, elbow length leather gloves, furs and cropped lambskin harem pants. Some of the looks were reminiscent of the Ando's Dream Chair shapes.
Alexis Mabille main inspiration for the latest Autumn-Winter Couture collection was the 19th century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini works. This great artist was named as the "Master of Swish," so Mabille waned to recreate the similar sense of thsoe swishes. Models walked down the catwalk wearing hand-painted simple tapered pants, charming evening dresses embroidered with white flowers, textured pink brocade evening skirts. Love the way Mabille played with the vintage garments, creating something modern and original.