OMG! Where have I been the past few days? Unfortunately, not in Paris. The Spring Couture shows have been going on and the pieces are incredible. It’s all about the details and trust me no expense is spared on these collections. My favorites are Chanel (big surprise), Dior, Christian Lacroix and Elie Saab.
Staying true to the Chanel aesthetic we’ve come to know and love, Karl Lagerfeld was able to put together another impressive show. The first few pieces were plays on the Chanel tweed suit and "basic" (for Chanel) black and white pieces. He then had pieces with feather details that were beautiful and airy yet didn’t make you look like Big Bird. The accessories were awesome – from the leather gloves to the really wide hoops (metal, feather covered and multi hoop), to the shoes . . . I saw many many items that I would love to have and mash up with some streetwear.
Wow. John Galliano is always theatrical but this seasons collection, inspired by the Opera Madame Butterfly, was utterly breathtaking. This is one of the most beautiful collections I’ve seen in a long time. It’s exciting to see how a designer interprets his inspiration and makes it his own. I’m not sure where one would wear these pieces but they’re the kind that you’d expect to see in a Museum. No detail was missed, kimonos, obis and geisha makeup were abundunt. Some of the pieces actually looked like origami. The folding and draping is exquisite. Sigh. I want one of everything.
Flowers, flowers, flowers. Christian Lacroix seemed to be inspired by the most ubiquitous of spring symbols – the flower. Whether it was floral print fabric, flower appliques or reshaping the lady as flower – it was all beautifully done. All types of flowers were represented from roses, peonies, violets, marigolds, and geraniums. Again, not the most wearable stuff, but oh, so pretty!
A lot less theatrical than his counterparts, Elie Saab’s show was one award ceremony dress after another. That doesn’t make them any less beautiful, just a bit more grounded in what women are actually wearing. Inspired by the "colors of dawn over Beiruit" I loved his color palette and particularly liked his bold use of color on the gowns. He then brought in a bit of glitz which was very reminiscent of the Studio 54 look – which is fine by me!
More pictures of the collections after the jump . . .
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