“Paris is always a good idea.”
Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Haute Couture
“Fashion is part of the events of our times.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Croissants, an eco-friendly plywood dollhouse, fashion-mindfulness and bumble bees may sound a little strange when describing the Chanel Haute Couture Collection, but when it’s the world according to Karl Lagerfeld, what is strange?
Organic cotton, woven yarn, dreamy pearls, wood chip beading and flecks of gold? This is an ecosystem we can get on board with. It’s the little touches, the intricate detailing, all handmade by wizards it would seem, that makes Chanel, well, Chanel.
The ladylike Chanel hair roll, lovingly named a “croissant” by backstage hairstylist Sam McKnight, was inspired by a Picasso sculpture and has a little Star Wars vibe too.
A well deserved round of applause.
Armani Privé’s Paris collection, which will surely be labelled his “mauve” season, shimmered and shone on the mirrored catwalk; embossed silk organza, delicate crystal embroidery, and lots and lots of lavender. We spotted one or two Oscar contenders, so keep your eyes peeled.
Special shout out to Valentino, an Italian art lesson in the form of fashion, for their love of velvet. Yes, the haze of gauze and flowing, floor-length gowns (worn barefoot and adorned with a stylish serpent headpiece, obviously) were both magical and medieval.
Game of Thrones meets the Oscars if you will, with some Byzantine Empire influence thrown in there for good measure.
But it’s the lush velvet crush that is really the pièce de la résistance.
Finally, Versace and Elie Saab stuck to what they know best, celebrating the female form. If it ain’t broke.
Joan Smalls, Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley aka “squad goals”
Elie Saab never fails to impress; Edwardian-inspired crochet and lace floor-length gowns fit for a princess.
Paris, à bientôt, j’espère.
Over and out.