Throughout the last week of January, Paris once again welcomed designers, models, and fashion icons for its Spring/Summer Haute Couture Fashion Week.
The fashion event started with Maison Rabih Kayrouz on the 22nd and ended with Galia Lahav on the 26th.
The highlight of the second day was Christian Dior´s Maria Grazia Chiuri collection. Maria was named artistic creative director for the brand in 2016 and made her debut in September for the Spring/Summer Fashion Week. The runway show took place inside a ball room decorated with bindweed, leaves and moss all fused together to intensify the fairy-like feeling of the show. The first patch of looks resonated from the traditional Dior style with ankle-grazing ballerina length for skirts and dresses combined with the famous structure tuxedos. Diverging from the original Dior look were gowns with transparency, lingerie straps and nature-referenced headpieces; the collection resonated with femininity mixed with a nymph-like appearance.
On the following day Chanel and Alexandre Vauthier were the crowning moments. Chanel, still under the creative command of Karl Lagerfeld, had a collection that started with the well-known tailored suits, created by Coco herself so long ago. This collection gravitated to a more eccentric look with its use of pastel colors, feathers, and an eighties looking heavy belt. The presentation of the show was austere compared to the other collections, besides the mirrors that resembled the ones in Coco Chanel´s at her atelier, there was no extravaganza.
On the other side of the spectrum is Alexandre Vauthier with a bold and youthful collection. Departing a little bit from the traditional haute couture, Alexandre brought to the runway more wearable pieces without losing the expensive look. Colorful, with different textures (including denim), mixing asymmetry with cutouts and transparency, Vauthier gave quite a show.
On the 25th, Maison Margiela´s collection took social media by storm with its unique presentation. Margiela combined layering, extravagant mixture of fabrics and textures to create shapes that resemble faces. The runaway site itself had no decoration, a white catwalk with white wall, so there was nothing to deviate the attention from the clothing. The show was a true spectacle with outfits that could easily be called art masterpieces.