COUTURE WEEK ROUND UP

by

Remi Betesh


Chanel - Swimming into Spring

Though it was snowing in Paris, it was all warm feels inside the Chanel spring 19 Couture show. As usual, Karl Lagerfeld blew us away with a runway that had everyone checking their diaries in a countdown to their next holiday. Set to mimic an Italian villa on a warm day, tweed ensembles strutted down the runway as well as embroidered full gowns all in pastel colours. Lots of feathers and tulle were also detailed on many of the looks. Ending the show, was a sparking swim costume set with a crystal swim cap, accompanied by a veil. Is swimwear the new wedding trend for 2019? 

_ALE0678.jpg
_ALE0306.jpg
_ALE0558.jpg
_ALE0166.jpg


Ralph & Russo - Mexican Style

This collection was inspired by the Mexican Actress Maria Felix, one of the most successful actors in Latin America during the 40’s, known for her colourful and loud style. Suits and feathery details along with accessorizing hats were shown in the collection symbolizing clothing Maria would wear. As always Ralph and Russo showed us a mix of their staple sexy style and their elevated takes on more classic looks. 

_ALE0045.jpg
_ALE0409.jpg
_ALE0231.jpg
_ALE0025.jpg


Christian Dior - Circus Acts

it was a circus at Dior, pun intended! With acrobats putting on quite the performance as model’s studded down the runway in circus inspired ensembles for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s couture show. Her reason for being inspired by the circus is that she thinks the circus represents a mini world where you put on your best look to represent your character, where the same outfit is worn over and over again.  As always, the collection was elevated and wearable but flares of circus prints and clown inspired neck pieces were seen throughout the show.

_ALE0444.jpg
_ALE0368.jpg
_ALE0515.jpg
_ALE0379.jpg


Armani Privé- Sparks of Colour

Colour was something we are seeing all over the catwalk for the Spring couture season.  Armani followed suite with a jazz age inspired collection. Tons of fringing in colour specially bold red and blue’s, with a modern day twist in sequins and sparkles. Mr Armani said making an effort to look nice is what elevates you  - and that is what sequin and sparkles do!

_FIO0572.jpg
_FIO0729.jpg
_FIO1007.jpg
_FIO0511.jpg


Celia Kritharioti - Unmissable 

As always Celia's couture collection was one to watch, with more colour, more transparency and yet again more feathers,  but it was her final look that really had everyone talking about her runway show. A bubblegum pink and white gown strutted down the runway with a train made up of many large bows, accompanied by matching spotted ballon's to hold up the veil. This is the season of runway bridal gowns where we have seen people really thinking outside the box.

celia_Kritharioti_hcSS19_look59.jpeg
celia_Kritharioti_hcSS19_look56.jpeg
celia_Kritharioti_hcSS19_look30.jpeg
celia_Kritharioti_hcSS19_look78.jpeg


Viktor and Rolf - Fashion Statements 

With a collection called 'Fashion Statement's' we weren't sure what exactly what to expect, but Viktor and Rolf have set the internet on fire with the messages they sent across during their couture spring collection - which say it all. With dresses with tons of layers, tulle and colour  - each spoke for itself with a bold message. "I'm not shy I just don't like you" and "less is more" which certainly wasn't the case with this collection! 

_VIE0192.jpg
_VIE0127.jpg
_VIE0321.jpg
_VIE0183.jpg


Givenchy - Blank Slate 

Designer of the moment Clare Waight Keller, who has been on everyones radar since designing the Duchess of Sussex wedding gown back in May put on quite a show. Her entire collection was noted by the fashion press as a "blank slate" with most looks in black and white, exaggerated shoulders, lots of lace and clean lines. 

_ALE0101.jpg
_ALE0039.jpg
_ALE0239.jpg
_ALE0255.jpg