Each time haute couture week comes around, we’ll be both mesmerised and dumbstruck by what we see walking the runway. With the latest Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, we’re loving what we’re seeing so far.
Virginie Viard debuted her first solo Chanel collection since the passing of Karl Lagerfeld; Iris Van Herpen pieces were hypnotising as usual; Kaia Gerber appeared on Givenchy’s runway dressed in a very feather-laden piece. Here are more of our favourite looks from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2019.
After being under the wings of Karl Lagerfeld since 1987, Virginie Viard presented her first solo Chanel collection. The Grand Palais was transformed into a multi-floor library, inspired by the one in Gabrielle Chanel’s daytime apartment. Models were dressed in beautifully tailored pieces; structured silhouettes but still carried feminine features such as bright coloured pieces, rounded colours and large buttons. The classic Houndstooth print was also brought back but some came with sparkly embellishments and pops of colours.
This is also one that we’re definitely digging — if you haven’t seen it all over social media yet. Kaia Gerber wore a black and green-ombre feathered dress down the Givenchy runway — a stunning piece designed by Clare Waight Kellerr for her “Noblesse Radicale” collection. Feathers seem to be the main feature of the collection, alongside other notable elements like strong shoulder pads, intricate floral print and taffeta pieces.
It’s going to be a busy year for the king of couture, Giambattista Valli. He dressed a couple of celebrities just recently and we’re pretty sure he has plenty to prep for his highly anticipated collection with H&M. These may be the reasons why he’s decided to take it slow for this year’s Fall 2019 Haute Couture collection — slow in his way. Valli orchestrated an exhibition instead of a runway show this time around; with models dressed in large tulles of soft delicate shades, rose prints and ruffles.
A completely different approach; as compared to Kim Jones’ Dior Summer 2020, Maria Grazia Chiuri went dark and almost goth-like for her latest couture collection. The repertoire featured mostly dark fabric and semi-opaque silhouettes as the models walked down with black veils over their face. Model Mona Tougaard wore an actual dollhouse which was designed to look like an exterior of the historic Dior’s Parisian atelier, reincarnated in gold lamé and worn upon a full-body fishnet suit.
“The only way to make couture alive today is to embrace different women’s identities and cultures,” said Pierpaolo Piccioli in a studio review. Valentino‘s latest collection offered hyper-saturated hues and excellent craftmanship work in a magical, floral-themed like runway. All his pieces were individually show-stopping, but some straddled between a work of art or a tacky costume.