This year’s Couture Fashion Week in Paris delivered exquisite, awe-inspiring designs from the best of the best fashion houses, as you’d expect. These one-of-a-kind pieces can take hundreds of hours to make (This Dior dress was 200 hrs in the making!) and can cost an upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Haute Couture dazzles and amazes as wearable art, but, for obvious reasons, is not available to most of us. Even if we’re not part of the billionaires club, we can still use these designs to inspire us, which is just what I’m doing today! I’m showcasing three couture collections straight from the Paris runways that we can use as inspiration for our own MyWear® designs.
First, we have to talk about Valentino’s Spring 2016 couture collection!!! This show was my absolute favorite. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s romantic Venetian royality-meets high priestess designs made my heart melt. Some of my favorites included this ethereal nude gown with velvet detailing, a dragon column dress with sheer bodice, and an intricately beaded coral tunic.
Schiaparelli’s show made me hungry for more tabletop-inspired designs! Crimped hair, 70’s-esque boots and ladylike silhouettes complimented the delicious display of garments inspired by the table. Bertrand Guyon said of his second collection for Schiaparelli, “It’s a return to things that are essential, the pleasure of having friends at home”. The runway was just the right balance of quirk and high fashion, in my opinion, and would make for an adorable foodie-themed fit n’ flare from MyWear!
Last, but certainly not least, we have Atelier Versace’s collection. This show had all you’d expect from Versace: plunging necklines and curve-hugging silhouettes, but this time with an athletic twist. Donetella Versace wanted this collection to feel strong and I think she delivered. The models looked empowered walking the runway with athletic straps, cutaways, and intricate embroidery detailing, some of which she said was the most time consuming she’s ever devised.