Haute Couture at its best
Spring 2019 Couture shows in Paris were, as expected, breathtaking! The couture world took us to a fantasy realm with statement evening gowns fit for queens, fairies and mermaids. The couture shows are where the luxury fashion designers can indulge in imagination and poetical dreams that become a reality through uncountable hours of hard work of the highly skilled Petites Mains and artisans.
It is almost impossible to pick the most beautiful gowns, but keep scrolling for some of our favourite looks of the Paris Couture week:
Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director for the past nine years and the one responsible for the luxury label’s popularity and sexy and edgy looks, said the revival of the haute couture atelier was about “bringing back Balmain to the elegance of La France. Everything you see will give you the sense that it’s taken from the ideas of Mr Balmain”. In fact, Rousteing looked for inspiration in the archives of the luxury fashion house. The collection was theatrical, with a lot of tulle and gigantic bows.
Zuhair Murad said that “my woman wants to be seen”, and with his Spring 19 collection, she definitely will. It seemed that the designer created the opulent dresses for mermaids; the ruffled gowns in hues of blue degrade, turquoise, aqua, or nude with embroidered corals, and looks with embroidered sheer chiffon trains fit for the most beautiful queen of the underwater world.
Viktor & Rolf
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren took the idea of sending messages with your clothing literally with their spring 2019 collection, which they named “Fashion Statement”. The 18 spectacular Viktor&Rolf colourful tulle gowns with exaggerated volumes had slogans such as “No photos, please”, “Give a damn”, “I am my own muse” and my personal favourite; “I’m not shy, I just don’t like you”.
Celine Dion wiping her tears theatrically with a tissue she had (conveniently) brought to the fashion show, may have seemed a bit excessive and became an instant meme. But apparently, she wasn't the only one moved to tears by the beauty of Valentino spring 2019 collection; both Laura Brown, of InStyle magazine and Samira Nasr, of Vanity Fair, admitted they'd cried too, and Edward Enninful, British Vogue editor-in-chief, wrote on Instagram that it was possibly the most emotional show he'd ever watched. Pierpaolo Piccioli colourful creations for Valentino were indeed unbelievably beautiful, glamorous and flawless. The designer said that “You don’t invent colour, but you can invent new harmonies for colour”, which was precisely what he did. The unexpected combinations of hues were fantastic; the chocolate blouse worn with emerald pants and an almond and coral coat was to die for, a bright red gown with lilac ruffled cape or the tangerine pants worn with a lavender cloak were just fantastic. Each of the 65 looks had a flower name, and some models wore petals as eye-lashes, making the ball gowns even dreamier.
Iris van Herpen
The Dutch designer presented sculptural creations with hand-plissé volumes, undulating layers of white translucent silk outlined in black or layers of degrades and beautiful colour combinations. Van Herpen explored customizable technologies with the help from a former NASA engineer turned artist, Kim Keever, to create the organza volumes. The models seemed covered by clouds, petals or butterfly wings, like part of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The inspiration for Chanel Spring 2019 collection were the delicate china flowers produced by the porcelain factories in Vincennes for Madame de Pompadour, King Louis’ mistress. The gowns with flowers and feathers were delicate and extremely feminine. Everything was, as usual, perfect, except that the 85-year-old Karl Lagerfeld, who said he was feeling tired, did not show up to take the final bow as he had been doing since 1983 when he took over the French luxury house. He sent Virginie Viard, the creative studio director of the iconic fashion house, to represent him instead. She has been working with him since 1987 and rumor has it that she will be Lagerfeld’s successor. Could this be a sign that the time for the Kaiser to retire has arrived?
Maria Grazia Chiuri transformed the Musee Rodin into a circus big top tent for Christian Dior’s spring 2019 couture show. An all-women troupe of circus acrobats from London shared the space with models in beautiful looks inspired in circus ballerinas, acrobats and ringmasters.
The artistic director Bertrand Guyon took Elsa Schiaparelli’s childhood memoirs to create the spring 2019 collection. He used the elements dear to the eccentric designer: the constellations and flowers, which by the way, as a little girl, she wanted to grow from her ears to cover her face, so she put seeds in her ears. The looks were playful, colourful and fresh, and the cowboy boots with stars were a nice contrast to some of the feminine silhouettes.