Four days of the world’s top fashion designers showcasing their most extravagant creations have come to an end, with flowers, balloons and live horses presented on the Haute Couture catwalks.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior line started the fall/winter 2022-23 collection week with a simple and elegant design.
The scenography was created by Ukrainian artist Olesia Trofymenko, with a collection featuring everything the average man expects from Haute Couture.
Some have described Iris van Herpen’s collection as “futuristic” and like something out of a “Marvel movie”: they weren’t wrong.
The show, titled “Meta Morphism”, was also a milestone for the award-winning seamstress, marking the 15th anniversary of her eponymous fashion house.
It may have been Iris van Herpen’s birthday, but Giambattista Valli brought the balloons.
In fact, they had so many balloons that it would be easy to mistake the brightly colored track for a seven-year-old’s birthday.
In Elsa Schiaparelli’s show, she asked the age-old question: How do I get my partner to buy me flowers?
The answer is simple: don’t be the bouquet yourself, in her aptly titled “Shocking!” The Surreal Worlds of Elsa Schiaparelli”.
On day two, Chanel gave the public a more dangerous sight, forcing models down the stairs in the name of fashion, because walking in heels isn’t dangerous enough.
Alexis Mabille also got the memo on being the flower you wish you were.
Giorgio Armani ended the day with a favorite combination of blue-light disco from the early 2000s: dresses over pants.
This couture season, the Italian fashion legend wanted to “give a new place to sparkle and frivolity”, drawing inspiration from the world of Polish Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
The third day brought some interesting creations thanks to Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing collection for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Rousteing asked the models to wear black and nude conical bras, a nod to support for lesbians having medically assisted reproduction, which the French parliament authorized last year.
Elie Saab’s collection looked like something out of a fantasy movie, featuring the pastels and sparkly dresses the designer is known for.
Franck Sorbier took the track outside, added forces and unicycles and gave us permission to take off our high heels in the name of fashion.
On the last day of Haute Couture, Fendi by Kim Jones wanted to “get away from Rome” with creations that drifted between different times, cities, memories and cultures, starting with Japan.
One of the last shows was Yuima Nakazato’s fall show, aptly titled “BLUE.”
The designs appeared something from a distant Star Trek planet in the abstract blue spots the models passed.
Nakazato’s work revolves around technology, and the house said he uses gender-neutral designs to “explore the future of clothing.”
The fourth day concluded a week of Haute Couture, the centuries-old Parisian tradition of producing bespoke clothing at exorbitant prices for the world’s wealthiest people.
Designers return to fashion week in September for their summer/spring collections.
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