By Stephanie Martinez
If you’ve been too busy and have not had time to see the latest runway look for Couture Week, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! With so many brands showing in Paris such as Zuhair Murad, Giorgio Armani Prive, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, it was so hard to pick only a few to mention.
Of course Chanel has amazing garments, but what really stood out this time was the set up that Karl Lagerfeld chose for this show. I think it was brilliant to have an entire staff of ateliers and made the ateliers come to the audience. It made the whole show seem very intimate, just like in the old days when designers would show their collection to their clients. The layout of the whole set-up showed the work in progress stages of each garment in the show. It was great for the audience to see the progress of the preparations of the work behind it all.
Elie Saab is known for his extravagant gowns that he puts out on the runway, and this season it was no different. This time the addition of child models walking the runway portrayed a mommy-and-me moment. I mean, who doesn’t love it when kids strut the runway. The kids however did not distract the crowd from the beautiful embroideries, prints, and the unexpectedly colorful fabric chosen for this collection. And as expected, Elie Saab blew me away with its grand finale dress!
We can’t talk about couture without mentioning Jean Paul Gaultier, who is notorious for his couture collection. This time, he was able to take us to the woods with his wood-grain print, lumberjack plaids, and let’s not forget about the furs. His runways aren’t complete without his models Coco Rocha, Soo Joo Park, and Anna Cleveland, who were able to give us the feeling of an elegant woman ready to go camping.
The Valentino show is sadly the last show that Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri will work together in, but it did not disappoint. The brand showed very elegant embroidered garments that were Renaissance inspired, yet had the romantic feel that Valentino is known for. With Chiuri heading over to Dior, it makes one wonder what Piccioli has in store for Valentino.
Vetements showed for the very first time in Couture Week in Galeries Lafayette. Demna Gvasalia included both men and womenswear which consisted of collaborations with brands such as Levi’s, Dr. Martens, Reebok, and even Juicy Couture. This show was very impressive, especially seeing a Juicy Couture tracksuit making an appearance in the runway, and the impressive high Manolo boots that reaches up to the hips.
With it being its 90th Anniversary, it was clear that Karl Lagerfeld would not let this moment slip by, and enchanted his guests with a plane off to Rome. The show embodied legends and fairy tales, which was its core theme, and held it’s runway on Trevi Fountain in Rome where models literally walked on water. With fur being the signature of the fashion house, it was clear that Lagerfeld would use it and make the collection fit for a princess!