As the fall 2017 couture collections take over Paris for couture week, we are left wondering whether all these wonderful products are in fact the works of human hands. Although beauties like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Sonam Kapoor have always left our jaws hanging, a whole week of them in absolutely breath taking pieces from brands like- Armani, Fendi or Valentine or Alai-who debuted a collection at couture for the first time in six years is what will blow our minds away like never before with a weird mix of want to it.
The most awaited fashion week of the year commenced on 2nd July and continued till 6th of the same. The biggest names in the fashion world flocked to Paris on Sunday, kicking off this year’s Paris Haute Couture Week. The highly anticipated four-day-long event has brought together the most well-known designers, models and fashion moguls to debut their latest collections. In addition to our favourite It-girls and hot designers, the show was packed by some other Hollywood favourites. Appearances were made by Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Priyanka Chopra and more.
Paris Fashion Week 2017
In case you missed out on any detail, we have handpicked the best of all the week.
Sporting “crazy feminity” and theart deco designs of the ’30s, Chanel opted for a new silhouette for its classic tweed suits. The colour scheme of the collection and setting paid homage to a British interior designer of the same era, Syrie Maugham. The white catwalk and seating alluded to the all-white interiors Maugham popularised. The centrepiece of mirrored screens was another Maugham-inspired touch. Karl Lagerfeld’s latest haute couture collection was closed by Lily-Rose Depp, while Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner graced the runway in classic gowns. It was a strong collection with a distinctly modern point of view.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s solo debut was packed with simple yet detailed pieces, oozing every bit of Valentino essence.
As the first look floated by in billowing floor-length ivory crepe entitled “Euridice” — after the Greek nymph — it was clear this show would be a blessing to our existence. It was the simplicity and in one way, fragility of these gowns that made it such a hit. Subtle, complex twists included Piccioli’s use of sections of penumbra tulle, or slashed shoulders.
And on Wednesday, Valentino had arranged a contemporary art show for the guests.
VIKTOR & ROLF
The design duo’s ollection featured reconstructed vintage party dresses. They were pieces of art that we just couldn’t take our eyes away from. Last Fall Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren used materials from their own collections to conceive a new one, weaving their canon together and compressing years of creative output into a single dress or jacket.
With its layers of substance and sensitivity coexisting with beautiful manipulations of degrade tulle, the idea represents the highest form of upcycling.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s couture debut for Dior was a fairytale start in every sense for Italian designer as it was inspired by the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream which featured a lot of mythical designs with embroideries and appliqué.
One dreamlike ball gown after another trailed through the enchanted woodland maze she created for the show complete with a wish tree draped with charms and lights.
Be it sober, almost clerical, robes at the start of the show, a view of poppies trapped like butterflies in layers of tulle, pleated gold lame dress veiled in black or a sage green tulle dress with a spray of Impressionist-style flowers, critics couldn’t help themselves but shower words of appreciation- New York Times critic Vanessa Friedman tweeted “sheer romance” as the show ended and described one pleated gold lame dress veiled in black as “Titania’s gown”.Elizabeth Paton was also taken with it, tipping it for Oscars night.
RALPH & RUSSO
Rapper Nelly and Dunst hit the eclectic Ralph & Russo couture show that revamped the bygone glamour days of the 1950s.Silken full skirts in white and pastel shades successfully sparkled down the runway worn on models with sharp, Asian-style bobs. The designs showcased the clubbing visor and exposed midriff of the 1990s,structured pink satin gown and many more stunning pieces.
Couture went rock ’n’roll with Alexandre Vauthier’s 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection with Kendall Jenner to close the show in a hot sequinned body-con mini dress. Ready to hit the dance floor was a black crystal-and-lace jumpsuit cinched with a baby pink metallic belt, wrap dresses in pastel metallics or glossy black python and a springy black-and-white organza polka-dot mini.
The accessories included metallic footwear, veiled hats and supersized asymmetric crystal chandelier earrings straight out of the Eighties. Vauthier also revisited Le Smoking with a short wide pant with a high split, accessorized with metallic boots.
There couldn’t have been a grander way to end paris fashion week than a private invitation to the louvre itself. Nicolas Ghesquiere took it as a platform to make his point about there being no borders between humanity. This was Louis Vuitton at its most down-to-earth, in Ghesquiere’s super sophisticated French way.
All in all, this whole week was filled with breath-taking performances with willpower woven into its weft.
Image Source: Vogue