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Paris is always Paris

Fashion is always moving three steps ahead of everyone, and it is already goodbye Paris Haute Couture Week. How about? Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to the Chanel’s employees by inviting them on stage. Crafted by the seamstresses themselves, the looks...

by Giada Galliano
July 11th, 2016
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Fashion is always moving three steps ahead of everyone, and it is already goodbye Paris Haute Couture Week. How about? Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to the Chanel’s employees by inviting them on stage. Crafted by the seamstresses themselves, the looks were defined by a sleek and pure silhouette, where structured beveled and angular-cut shoulders, ¾ length sleeves and wide-cut trousers made a case for subtle androgyny amidst the sensual hourglass figures. In typical Chanel fashion, the devil’s in the details: intricate stitching, braids plaited with tulle and tweed, and a mishmash of embroidered stones, matte sequins, beads and feathers add that touch of polished mystic. Elie Saab went with a  sweet mommy and me mood.

True to the Elie Saab aesthetic, gauzy off-shoulder gowns were embroidered with feathers and jewels in an innocent palette of nude and dark midnight blues. Gold accents highlighted the enchantment that underline the looks, while the recurring bird motifs and city skyline embroidery act as a reminder that this is indeed a modern tale the couturier is spinning. Congruent to Margiela’s codes of eccentricity, oversized jackets were worn upside down on the torso, Napoleonic hats matched festival-style thigh-length Wellington boots, and metallic silver mini dresses trailed capes behind them.

What a work of art for Iris van Herpen and their 3D dresses painted in hues of nudes, blacks and metallics were the order of the day. It was all very surreal; delicate netting spirals out of slip dresses, while gnarly horn-like motifs adorn structured hips. Monochrome is the catchphrase for Dior. Voluminous but sharp silhouettes took center stage, while puffball sleeves, billowing skirts and frothy trains offered an air of escapism. Throw flat lace-up sandals into the formula, and the result is very Dior – feminine, elegant with that classic understated sophistication. Alexandre Vauthier chose looks like an ode to the army, with crop-legged jumpsuits, mesh dresses, tailored jackets and suited coats in splashes of black, khaki green and white. Paris is always Paris.

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