It’s every fashionista’s favourite time of year – Fashion Week Season.
Unfortunately, this fashionista had to miss out on the fun of Paris Fashion Week (weep!), turning down invites to Haute Couture shows due to lots of important work commitments here in the UK.
It took all my willpower not to dash off on the Eurostar and immerse myself in the greatest fashion event of the year, but somehow I managed it…just!
Admiring the collections from afar, I have been in total awe of the incredible Haute Couture garments showcased on the catwalks.
Embellished, embroided, bejewelled masterpieces, all luxuriously beautiful, I dream in haute couture.
Here are a few of my favourite collections from the week.
Chanel Haute Couture
One of the stand out shows of the week, the Chanel Haute Couture, celebrated nature, sustainability and simply ‘zen’. Models (including Kendall, Gigi and Bella Hadid) emerged doll-like from a Japanese wooden structure. The opening was grand (exactly what you would expect from Mr Lagerfeld) and set the tone for the awe-inspiring clothes that followed.
Neutral ‘earth tone’ colours dominated the collection, while the cuts, fabrics and style were an innovative adaption of ‘classic Chanel’, with subtle sparkles, bouclé suits and classic navy and white.
Be still my beating heart. Oh Chanel.
Since Raf Simons’ departure 3 months ago, all eyes were on the Dior show and how the fashion house would evolve in his wake…and it did not disappoint.
Bold, graphic prints blended with serine feminine styles.
Haute Couture often doesn’t translate to ‘real life’, but the Dior collection perfectly combined accessibility with desirability. Key trends from the show include frills, Bardot shoulders and sheer fabrics.
Take a bow Dior…even with no creative director, the labels creative direction was clearer than ever.
Welcome to the new dawn of Dior.
Naturally, Atelier Versace did Haute Couture in the best way it knows how – big, bold, and sexy as hell. Smouldering Italian style ran through the collection, but with a futuristic edge. Think clinical yet daring neck and hemlines and skin tight garments with asymmetric cuts.
Unashamedly brazen, it provided a welcome contrast to the more feminine and etherial collections that dominated the week. And that’s exactly why we love Versace.
Antonio Ortega’s new couture collection for Spring/Summer 2016 utterly embodies luxury.
Rich textures and sensual cuts give the collection a bold yet feminine aura. Subtle hints of flesh present a sensual sophistication.
This collection was inspired by encounters with three women, all exceptional artisans: Señora Inés and Señora Camerina Teresa, both virtuosos in the art of crochet, and Véronique Loupe, who excel in making lace.
I cannot wait to see how the high street is influenced by these collections and am crossing fingers that one day I can wear Chanel/ Dior and all the other greats in Haute Couture. A fashionista can dream right?!