Part 1 – Couture As Art and Power – Paris Couture Week S/S 2016
We just saw another phenomenal week of Haute Couture shows in Paris for Spring Summer 2016. With designs for every woman and every occasion. Whether you wanted couture fit for a Queen, fashion as art, classic pieces, strong female silhouettes, or a fairytale piece to blow you away! Part 1 of our couture coverage looks at the collection that were sculptural: Viktor & Rolf, Maison Margiela, Elsa Schiaparelli, Ulyana Sergeenko and Jean Paul Gaultier; and the collections that were for the lioness inside you: Versace, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille and Stephane Rolland.
Couture as Art
What I love about couture is that it lends itself to creation that are collectable art pieces. This theme was in a number of collections.
Viktor & Rolf
The Face! They turned dresses into sculptures of faces – fun, playful, collectable. Different faces, whether on the body of models or covering the faces of models in their entirety. True fashion art.
Designed by John Galliano had no limits. It was futuristic, outlandish with actual eyes drawn on necks, mixed silhouettes, pleats, gold fabric in huge knots and colorful boots. Dominated by fabulous texture and fabrics with amazing separates.
Was a trip down the rabbit hole. Dresses inspired by food, with plates lining the wall of the catwalk. Fun prints, Alice in Wonderland hair, soft fabrics and of course the color violet.
We saw a truly whimsical quality to this collection. Fun colours including canary yellow fur, military style hats, victorian pieces and bustiers, nods to masquerade balls, and the childish fun of clutches of cats and dogs.
Jean Paul Gaultier
This was the true Party of all the couture shows. The models smiled and had fun as they walked down the catwalk. A runway inspired by “Le Palace” the Parisian disco of the 80s. The entire show was a tribute to the designer’s fabulous friends who have been his muses over the years.
Couture for a Lioness
A number of the collections focused on the powerful lionesses inside every woman. Clothes that exemplified your strength, your power whilst not hiding the smoldering fire of beauty.
There were tuxedos, strong silhouettes, race back gowns, all clothes that once worn boost the confidence of a strong, successful woman. Blacks, reds, blues, whites, colours for every modern woman’s wardrobe.
This was a collection that combined strong structures such as boxy shoulders, with real sex appeal in high slits and garters. One for the fearless woman.
The colours were blacks, whites, dark blues. The silhouettes were floor length and strong, for the modern luxurious woman.
A fierce collection that combined strength with femininity. Where studs were combined with strong pleats, nude colours combined with fiery red, and white chiffon floor length gowns had strong slits or strong shoulders. A collection that combines both sides of the female, both the delicate and the powerful.
A fabulous start to Women’s Fashion in 2016!
Sara & Tamara xx
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