Paris Couture Fashion Week marks the start of International Fashion Weeks the world over, and the shows so far have been absolutely incredible. From romantic Japanese warriors at Givenchy to sci-fi disco divas at Armani Prive, the first few shows in the Paris Couture Fashion Week schedule have given us goosebumps.
Inspired by traditional Japanese Butoh dancers, Origami and Geesha-esque folds over barely there chiffon gowns at Givenchy gave a juxtaposition of two opposing ideas or warrior and delicacy. The flashes of bold colour lifted the pieces and made the intricate back detailing really pop.
Armani Prive delivered a luxe collection that nods towards the ready to wear Spring 2011 catwalks 70s vibe, but puts a futuristic slant on it with high gloss fabrics, disk headpieces and streamlined, minimalistic shapes. The clever cut out detailing focused on waists and hips plays with proportions. Studio 54 meets the Jetsons.
Echoing the incredibly poignant Ballet trend from the SS 2011 ready to wear collections, Chanel‘s collection had a dreamy, ethereal feel based on lightweight, delicate fabrics and movement. The layering and mixing of varying sheer fabrics added to the dancer feel, and the silhouettes gave a distinct 20s feel with dropped waists and sashes. Flat black ballet pumps, messy buns and black chokers mixed with traditional Chanel tailoring gave the collection a distinct French feel.
We’ve left our favourite til last, with the breathtakingly beautiful collection from Christian Dior (under the talented hands of John Galliano). Bringing to life the iconic Dior illustrations from the 40s and 50s, this collection was a homage to the true meaning of Haute Couture. Metres and metres of fabrics were used to create the stunning gowns that would have had 50s Hollywood in a fluster. Muted, watercolour pastels were mixed with punchy reds and charcoals, while hair and makeup were all about glamour. We CANNOT wait to see these looks on the red carpet (pretty please Cate Blanchett?)