THE BEST OF PARIS SS17 HAUTE COUTURE

All in a weeks work…

Last week was an eventful one, globally and in fashion. We saw America begrudgingly welcome its 45th President, Donald Trump, we saw women across the globe partake in the inspirational Women’s Marches, Alexandra Shulman Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue for 25 years announced she was to step down and the ever elegant Paris SS17 Couture week presented an array of stunning and vibrant shows which captivated show-goers and fashion lovers. We were welcomed by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show which took on the facade of a glamorous garden masked ball, and was later followed by such. The week ended on a high with Valentino’s graceful Greek goddess inspired collection. Below are some of my personal favourites which I have cherry picked out of all the elegance the French capital had to offer last week.

Dior SS17 Haute Couture – Monday 23rd January

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Couture show saw the interior of Paris’s Rodin Museum transformed into a lush green garden. The floral oasis and pastured runway ensured the monochrome pieces which opened the show were bolder than if the runway had been a typical dull, white slab. It was the second half of this mystical collection which really caught my eye, with delicate tule and embroidery lining balletic ballgowns. It is clear that Chiuri fully appreciates and admires the beauty and intricacy that goes into the craft.

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Chanel SS17 Haute Couture – Tuesday 24th January

Paris’s Grand Palais was transformed into what I imagine the interior of a mirror ball must look like for Chanel’s show. Karl’s glistening stage ensured every sequin shined brighter, every feather floated further and every ruffle rolled on. Each pop of pastel pink was given an extra pop by this reflective runway. And a Chanel show would not be complete without the brand and founders signature tweed accompanied by a pearl anklet or two. The grand finale saw Chanel’s new it-girl, Lily-Rose Depp, in a cotton candy bridal dress arm-in-arm with Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, providing a very grand and elegant finale indeed.

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Valentino SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

On Wednesday we saw Valentino’s Greek goddesses take centre-stage gliding down the runway in floaty, delicate, embroidered dresses. The beauty and skill of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection left the Gods of Olympus yearning for more. Piccioli, like Lagerfeld, chose a subtle pastel colour palette enabling the intricacy of each unique piece to shine through. It is clear why Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were such a force in the fashion world since they both have a strong appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into making such exquisite pieces.

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Viktor & Rolf SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Viktor & Rolf paid homage to the entertainment scene of the 19th and early 20th century with a vibrant, theatrical collection. Inspiration can be drawn from the traditional circus movement, with blazing ruffled clown-like collars and a palette of bright red and blue like that of a circus master. The bellowing tule ballgowns, with embroidery that takes on that of cracked fine china, pay tribute to the party-scene of the aristocracy during this period. The juxtaposition of the gentle gowns with the edgier pieces created an exciting, energetic and varied show.

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Zuhair Murad SS17 Haute Couture – Wednesday 25th January

Zuhair Murad was a huge hit at this years Golden Globe Awards with Lily Collin’s stealing the show in a pastel pink Zuhair Murad embroidered ballgown. Its success on the red carpet fuelled high expectations for the fashion’s house upcoming Haute Couture SS17 show, and it did not disappoint. Stunning gowns and evening wear which exploded with glitter, sequins and bold colours were a treat for the eyes. Each piece glistened and shined with every swish and step. We can definitely expect to see more Zuhair Murad pieces making an appearance this award season.

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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR FASHION LOVERS

Last week was fun filled and fashion packed with The Fashion Awards 2016, the airing of the Victoria’s Secret runway show, the revelation of Chanel’s Pre-Fall RTW 2017 Collection at the Ritz Paris and the 75th anniversary celebrations of the American brand, Coach.

Chanel Pre-Fall RTW 2017

The conscious decision of the current Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, to pick The Ritz, Paris, to house this year’s annual Métiers d’Art collection goes to the heart of the brand and indulges in its rich history. The ever-chic founder of the Parisian fashion house, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, was no stranger to the hotel and adored the lavish lodgings so much that she moved into a three-bed apartment within the facility and as Coco once stated “The Ritz is my home”. Therefore, it was perfectly fitting that this year’s show saw the brand return to its true home and heritage. Chanel’s signature tweed jacket accompanied by pedal pushers, flower crowns which rival any found on snapchat and glittering gold gowns were perfectly complemented by the luxurious interior of The Ritz. The sense of homecoming did not end with The Ritz, it also extended to the models as we saw the long-awaited return to the catwalk of Chanel-muse and British-beauty, Cara Delevingne. Whilst homage was paid to the brands past, we also saw into its future, with the likes of rising-Chanel star Lily-Rose Depp and Sofia Richie making their catwalk debut. Overall, Karl’s 2016 Métiers d’Art show was the perfect regeneration the brand needed after a year of suffering sales, paying tribute to the brands history and giving us a sense of what the future has to offer.

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Coach 75th Anniversary – Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2017

Coach ended its 75th year with a star-studded runway show in the brands hometown, New York City. The epic show was housed in a large warehouse at Manhattan’s Pier 94, that was transformed into a façade of a small American town. The 70s inspired collection with a subtle colour palette of mustard, brown and red perfectly juxtaposed the vibrant flashy lights bearing tributes to American culture. Creative Director Stuart Vevers attempted to bring back the sense of hopefulness, optimism and the American Dream into a deflated and divided Country following the recent electoral results.

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