As you might have noticed, Paris has recently been facing two heatwaves. One had to do with the weather, the other one with the smashing couture that was shown by many big names in the fashion industry. In case you’ve missed it or think it was so good that you need to experience it again, we listed the highlights of Paris Haute Couture Week 2019 for you.
Paris Haute Couture Week 2019
Paris Haute Couture Week is always a big spectacle for the eyes. This year, many designers did not only surprise us with amazing collections, but also with even greater stories behind the creations. We’ve selected the best ones for you, so you don’t have to.
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Virginie Viard showed a tribute to Coco Chanel with her very first haute couture collection. To start with the setting: the library setting was a big hint to Coco’s house on Rue Chambon. The collection formed a tribute to both Coco and Karl Lagerfeld. Think of floor-sweeping tweed coats, many pearls and iconic tweed suits. It’s as sophisticated as you expect from Chanel – but with a new Viard-like signature.
Clare Waight Keller showed she knows how to create some drama on the runway. Models walked the catwalk covered in voluminous feathers, rich fabrics and other over the top compositions, that were chic and cool at the same time. Keller smashed it again and seems to perfectly understand the modern woman.
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Silver spark – behind the scenes back at the Grand Salon the day before the show the fittings for the two mirror ball looks (as I nicknamed them) in the studio. Marfa in the intensely sequinned Cape sleeve tailleur jacket made from all different shaped hand embroidered sequins with one of the bell shape cliche skirts i loved this season, inspired by the heirloom pewter and silverware found in the Chateau of the Noblesse Radicale characters, full of florals and vines capturing that opulence through embriodery. Slide across to see Lesley in her puff ball skirt with tulle train and taffeta top. @givenchyofficial #hautecouture #bts #stories 🖤🖤
“Are clothes modern?” – the question with which Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/2020 show opened. This famous quote from Bernard Rudofsky – a critic, designer, architect, curator and fashion designer – was actually the name of his 1944 exhibition at MoMa. He’s always been fascinated by the human body and senses. How Chiuri incorporated this in her haute couture collection? She went backt to the fundamentals of haute couture.
Together with artists Penny Slinger, Chiuri developed an extraordinary piece: a doll house worn by a model. She explains: “the piece explores the relationship between apparel and habitat and the concept of woman and architecture merging into one“. Exactly what fascinated Rudolfsky his entire life.
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Presented in Dior's historic hôtel particulier, the Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 Haute Couture collection by #MariaGraziaChiuri was based on a mainly black collection – but for the opening white look based on a classical peplos – symbolizing a return to fundamentals, to the foundations of Haute Couture. The #DiorCouture show closed with a doll's house recreation of 30 Avenue Montaigne. Designed in collaboration with feminist artist @PennySlinger, the extraordinary piece – featured here in this video of the show's finale – explores the relationship between apparel and habitat and the concept of woman and architecture merging into one.
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"I could write a book about black," Monsieur Dior declared in his Little Dictionary of Fashion. For the just-unveiled Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 Haute Couture show, Creative Director #MariaGraziaChiuri took the concept and ran with it, presenting a mainly all-black affair as the best base for showcasing the art of construction and cut. Lending softness were featherweight tulles and gauzes, with artisanal finishes ranging from dégradé mesh to velvet scrolls. Feast your eyes on some of the masterpieces here.⠀ #DiorCouture
4. Ralph & Russo
Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo showed their couture collection at the British Embassy, to stay close to their British heritage. Ralph & Russo is known for its oer the top and glamorous evening wear. However, this collection was way more romantic and feminine than you would expect from the brand. Are they looking for a younger generation to adopt the brand? Nevertheless, we fell in love with the white suit. Perfectly suited for your own or someone else’s marriage, if you ask us (although you may outshine the bride).
Schiaparelli’s haute couture show formed the debut of Daniel Roseberry, a 33 year old designer from Texas. While the models hit the runway in big gowns, Rosburry sat at a desk while sketching. Rosebury’s debut for Schiaparelli formed his haute couture debut as well. However, it was clearly visible that this talented designer isn’t new to creating breath-taking gowns at all.
Fendi’s fall/winter 2019/2020 haute couture collection was dedicated to and inspired by its formed creative director Karl Lagerfeld. The other major source of inspiration was the Colloseum in Rome. Think of ancient marble floor patterns on bombastic dresses and subtle (and less subtle) references to Lagerfeld’s heritage. A historic show.
Hurray for Valentino! Not only for their diverse casting (hello gorgeous Lauren Hutton), but also because of the great work by Pierpaolo Piccioli. The show formed an entirely new take on beauty and ethnicity and emotionalized many of the guests.
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