THROWBACK THURSDAY: Paris Fashion Week
Even though we did a post earlier this week on Paris Fashion week, we figured it was such a landmark show we needed a second one. There were so many incredible things that came from the shows, including many American designers choosing to show in France and a plethora of new and exciting accessories to choose from. Below are the 5 that we thought were the most innovative from the week of shows.
The first highlight was Viktor and Rolf with their beautifully diverse cast that demonstrated a future where the world is "creative, diverse and eco-conscious". Models were cast with vibrant hair color and styles as well as diversity in ethnicity and gender.
Ellie Saab also had an incredible show in the face of so many other designers that gravitated towards daywear (such as the Dior looks from the post earlier this week). Instead, the Lebanese designer showed beautiful pageantry in looks that drew from monarchy and fantasy.
Valentino drew inspiration from images of nuns and martyrs which makes sense because their atelier sits directly in the shadow of the Vatican. Each piece had elements of a priest with hooded robes that resembled vestments. A collaboration with Harumi Klossowska saw the creation of mosaic accessories with animals to represent the 7 deadly sins.
Iris van Herpen has always had technologically advanced looks. In her 10th anniversary collection, she used metal filaments fused together to create complex and geodesic rosettes. This season, she drew inspiration from air and water and used straight printed fabrics that were then pressed to reveal undulating patterns.
Schiaparelli's creative director Bertrand Guyon chose to focus on an alluring lightness represented the liberty of the modern woman. He imagined the dresses being worn by the friends of Elsa Schiaparelli, the founder of the house. Each piece had artistic inspiration, some of which was a continuation of his January motifs, including figures à la Picasso.
Each of these designers used incredible craftsmanship to curate collections that spoke to the ideals of their houses, the women they dress, or the world around them. These 5 demonstrated new and inventive ways to create imaginative garments in a week that was surrounded by day wear and the inclusion of more and more non couture houses.