By: Nick Linson
It was Haute Couture week in Paris last week, where labels such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino and a few more notable fashion houses have shown their most finest, highly detailed, and precisely constructed collections. During Couture Week, many stars, bloggers, buyers and other fashion savvy sartorialists have been spotted attending the exclusive presentations of the fall 2017 Haute Couture collections.
Haute Couture is defined as exceptionally detailed artistry with the fashioning of garments. The term Haute Couture is translated as ‘high sewing. All of the garments that are shown by the fashion houses during Couture week are made by hand by ateliers in Paris. Here are a few highlights from some of the most notable fashion houses that have shown at Paris Couture week.
Valentino directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a collection which ranged between swaggering punk-pirate, ruffled shirts and drainpipe trousers, and the exquisitely beautiful medieval skewed gowns for which they’re renowned.New details to note were the dramatic ruff collars and cool buckle-up riding boots.
RALPH AND RUSSO
Beyoncé loves them. Cheryl married in them. And Angelina? She wore them to meet the Queen.
There will be much for Ralph and Russo’s strong celebrity following to covet in the AW16 Haute Couture collection. Amidst the tumbling tulle and frothy trains (undoubtedly making a debut during red carpet season in the upcoming months) there were some cult accessories in the making. Perched atop many of the models’ heads were wide-brimmed embroidered hats and tall felt short-brimmed styles that paid tribute to the elegant cloche hats.
The predominate themes on the runway were masterful draping and pleats; almost every piece had some sort of structural focal point, whether it be sharply folded fabric belted at the waist, manipulated ribbons of satin flowing over the body in fluid movement, and soft drop waist ties that perfectly framed the hips. There were also tailored skinny pants, accented by black architectural tops and a billowing pants-meets- gown piece in pale ice blue.
The collection focused on silhouette; structured shoulders balanced against angular hems. There was an array of tweed suits, some with double breasted jackets, others lined with appliqué flowers to give a more feminine detail to the bold structure. The evening wear dresses came in detailed silk and were paired with dramatic shoulders in black ruched tulle or sequined padding.