In case you've been disconnected from the world wide web, this week happens to be Paris Couture Week 2015. The high-priced, high fashion showcase saw couture houses pulling out all the stops to make couture, often regarded as only-for-the-rich, relevant and modern.
Looking at the collections that were shown the last couple of days, it was very clear that designers are moving to a new direction when it comes to couture - wearability by day; glamazons by night.
We take a look at three of our favourite shows.
One of our favourites this week, Atelier Versace's couture collection was a masterclass in the exploration of cut and the curves of the body. Donatella Versace worked with the body and different types of fabrics to create fluid lines which accentuated the womanly curves, creating the house's signature sexy looks. Versace focused on a woman with a vibrant nightlife, preferably inclusive of major red-carpet moments. She did so with greater grace and, dare one say, discretion, than spring’s often harsh, cutout curves fest. She told WWD: “I call the collection tough, but ethereal at the same time. I wanted to explore the softer side of the Versace woman.”
Showing diversity in structure and designs, the Italian fashion icon presented different look that ranged from fluid columns to a pair of feathered-out ballgowns. What we're obsessing over are the fabrics, which played on texture and luminosity, sometimes in the same look.
Raf Simons' couture collection this season was probably among his top three collections of his career at Dior. Playing with the floral motif - as he always does, Simons worked on feminine silhouettes and interesting shapes. This time, however, the fashion wunder-kid gave that signature look a modern-day spin. Dresses inspired by pointillism were surfaced completely in feathers arranged in minute detail; chain harnesses worn over some dresses and under others were constructed and looked like oversized jewellery. Style.com also noted that there were none of the Bar silhouettes that are Dior's genetic building blocks, but, in its place, there were plenty of bodysuits, in jacquard knit or tattoo-embroidered silk.
With Julianne Moore and Kirsten Stewart playing blackjack and roulettes on casino tables, you may be forgiven for thinking this was a set of a new upcoming movie starring the two American actresses. But this was just the set of Karl Lagerfeld's latest couture collection. Building a collection around a magnificent Chanel Casino set in Paris' Grand Palais, Kaiser Karl sent out 10 of the most classic iterations of the Chanel suit — iconic, spare jackets over trim skirts. For a modern interpretation, these classic Chanel pieces weren't made of tweed but some kind of quilted mesh. A fresh take on the iconic look, if you asked us.
Also, Moore and Stewart weren't the only A-lister in the chic Chanel casino, also present were Rita Ora, Geraldine Chaplin, Vanessa Paradis and her daughter Lily-Rose Depp, Lara Stone, Stella Tennant. Kendall Jenner was given the ultimate honour by Lagerfeld - closing the show, wearing the final look and as the couture bride.