Couture round-up: back to nature
The theme that stood out in the Paris haute couture S/S 2015 shows was undeniably nature. Although it could definitely be argued that there is nothing new or interesting in designing a collection based around nature (everyone has done it!), we were certainly not disappointed with what we saw on the runway. Here are some of our favourite nature-inspired designs for this season.
It took six months to make the 300 flowers that adorned Chanel’s set, creating a magnificent array of mechanical blooms oozing with connotations of spring. The show’s set-up and performance highlighted the nature vibe even more so than the styles of the clothes; however, tiny flowers were featured on knitted hats and draped over shoulders in many of the looks. The collection showcased Chanel’s usual excellence, with the added twist of bare midriffs, slouchy shirts and beanie hats.
Viktor & Rolf
With a slightly wackier take on incorporating nature into fashion, Viktor & Rolf created a collection of less wearable yet incredible pieces. The summery collection was made up of babydoll smock dresses and vibrant floral prints, accessorised with flip-flops and straw hats. It was anything but subtle, with printed textiles and 3D flowers dangling off the hems of dresses – a spectacular show!
At first glance, the Armani Privé collection looked heavily influenced by Asia, but on closer inspection it quickly became clear that much of the inspiration came from bamboo. Conveying a message of delicacy and strength, the collection featured pieces which echoed Japan, from the soft silk fabrics to the oversized knotted belts and the muted, earth-toned colour palette. Bamboo remained key in this collection: images of the plant were embossed onto pieces, with its green leaves and tanned branches being the main colour reference.
Perhaps a more elegant and feminine take on nature came from the likes of Elie Saab. As ever, crystals and sequins covered the pieces along with beautifully embroidered flowers. The collection included cute party dresses cut above the knee, sweet satin sandals and gowns with pockets, in a palette of soft nudes and pinks, washed-out greys and the odd pop of green. As ever, each piece from Elie Saab exuded sophistication and absolute beauty.