Paris Haute Couture week has finally ended and we are still mesmorised by the Autumn/Winter collections 2015/16 for the House of Versace, it is still lingering in our minds. We saw the likes of Karlie Kloss on the catwalk during the Atelier show and 19 year old beauty, Kendall Jenner. Kendall strutted her stuff down the runway in an intricate-looking dress, her latest Instagram post has received the most downloads in Instagram history, no filters, no hashtags # or posing or pouting fish lips it seems that authenticity works ! Au naturelle.
Veteran model Naomi Campbell sat beside Irina Shayk and watched the Olympian goddess-type dresses, Greek nymph look and the random sun dance native/pocohontas vibes glide by. Our fave Brit model Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley turned up in a black sheer dress and observed the thigh-high slits, exposed backs, short embellished dresses and sweaters with beads sewn on from the sidelines. The dresses on display streamed down the runway as fast as the dwindling reserves in the Greek treasury, some of the dresses were made of pure chiffon and premium quality lace and as to be expected the Italian craftmanship was second to none.
The Fashion Thirst team was particularly excited when presented with snazzy, flesh-coloured corsets, the subtle yellow silk flowers induced orgasmic cries from those seated behind us and now with the recurring theme throughout Paris fashion weeks, the catwalk was expected to be full of garnish and dressings, in Donatella's case it was 25,000 encased orchids which complemented this youthful, colourful, positive and upbeat collection. Let's hope the Olympian dresses provoke more empathy for the Greek crisis. Let the collection invoke a positive outlook. Opa !
Haute Couture is a celebration of ‘fashion as art’ in its truest form. Twice a year, designers gather together in Paris to display their incredible works, hand made garments that are intricately detailed and miraculously time consuming, promising to always be quite the spectacle.
This season, Alexis Mabille stepped up with his beautiful ensembles in celebration of the fashion atelier’s 10th anniversary. The Paris based designer paid homage to the female form with silhouette hugging pieces, cinched in at the waist to give the coveted hourglass figure, made up of a mixture of floor skimming gowns, jumpsuits and two pieces.
A clear floral theme graced the models, embroidered on sheer gowns, printed on dark, floating silks in bold reds and greens, and decorating two-pieces with power and purpose. Amongst the blooms, Mabille added a flirty aura with intricate lace reminiscent of lingerie, sultry bodices and corsets with seductive cross laced ribbon just oozing with sex appeal and femininity.
The models looked stunningly whimsical with feathered strings in their hair, giving the collection a magical feel in some ways, yet juxtaposing the tone with occasional sharp lines and bold colour splashes.
Above all, the expert pattern cutting was indeed, a cut above. Couture can be a place to explore the extremes and the sculptural capes and magnified bow from Mabille’s collection certainly demonstrated his ability to fit in with the ‘in crowd’.
Congratulations Alexis on hitting the milestone ten, here’s to ten more…
“It’s a nature, but not the nature that we know” is how Karl Lagerfeld describes yesterday Chanel Haute Couture SS15 show, which took place under the huge glass room of the Grand Palais.
In contrast to the recent, playfully controversial shows, this season’s display may seem somewhat tame. Predictable, even – florals are one of the first trends we think of for spring/summer, after all. To assume so, however, would be to forget that this is Chanel – and Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t do predictable. When Karl Lagerfeld creates a garden, you know it will be nothing like any garden you’ve seen before. And this animated Garden of Eden may be the most youthful, intricate garden we’ve ever seen.
If a designer was ever able to bring fabric to life, there is no better example than the 3D acetate flowers which adorned the dresses. Crafted so beautifully they almost look more realistic than the real thing, this is a garden we really want to wear and expect many will too. The classic Chanel suit’s iconic tweed was given a delicate makeover, softened by pastel hues and frayed edges. Length ventured into new territories too as skirts varied from above to knee to a modern, cropped ankle length. Jackets were cropped, making the waist the new cleavage.
The collection also features a beanie, as Lagerfeld attempts to take yet another everyday item to new couture levels following last year’s success of the same type with the trainer.