The best of Paris Haute Couture AW16
There’s nothing better to brighten up the summer than the Haute Couture shows in Paris. The Paris runways were filled with stunning creations from the 5th of July to 9th of July and the shows were a rich mixture of tradition and new inventions.
Haute couture is traditionally dominated by corseted shapes, exaggerated femininity and stunning gowns. The industry does not, yet at least, create haute couture for men, although this year saw some surprising twists in this largely female-controlled audience.
So, what were the best shows of the Haute Couture season?
If there were one word to describe the Armani show, it would be bossy-pink. The runway was all about strong business-like designs with the more feminine pink controlling the colour palette.
There were plenty of striking silhouettes and edgy colours – nothing like the princess-y looks the designer sometimes goes for. The multi-coloured, gigantic feather coat was definitely a showstopper.
The fashion designer has been in the news in recent years for all the wrong reasons, but he made an impressive fashion-led comeback to the spotlight in Paris. The most interesting take on the femininity of the industry was how Galliano’s shows featured three male models.
The show had plenty of traditional feminine looks despite the hairy legs on show. The highlight was definitely the dramatic yellow and lilac tones of a needlepoint jacket depicting a rural landscape.
On the other hand, Christian Dior’s show was much more traditional with exquisite dresses in very feminine styles.
The shows theme was the “commodification of beauty”; the looks were traditional with plenty of low-cut designs showing a bit of skin – sometimes almost nothing more than skin.
The standout item was the pink neoprene coat, which was used together with asymmetric swathes of tweed and fur – an unbalanced look that managed to work.
Mister Lagerfeld is known for his extravagant looks and the show didn’t disappoint this year with the amazing casino runway built at the Grand Palais.
The show had a refreshing amount of new textile technologies included, which is unusual in the traditional fashion scene of Haute Couture. The 3-D printed fabric was especially stunning and gave the jackets with the signature tweed design a great finish.
Valli has hit the popular conscience as the trusted designer of Amal Clooney. His haute couture show had the old-fashioned appeal to create something out of the ordinary. This time it was tulle-skirted ball gowns, which contained 500 yards of fabric!
But the great showstopper of the Giambattista Valli show was embellished cropped pants with a spiky fringe of feathers. The show was fearless and trend defying – a great haute couture experience.
You should definitely take a closer look at all the collections from Paris and take ideas from the runway to your own style. Haute couture doesn’t need to look as extravagant in your everyday life and you don’t need to spend a fortune on it either.
Check out blogs like Tonya Leigh’s blog for haute couture inspiration featuring a sneak on high-end fashion brands. Our above picks are especially great additions for your summer look! So, go for weathers and shocking colours.
What was your highlight at Haute Couture Paris?
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