Our favourite looks from Paris Couture Week F21
Nothing hits quite like couture
It’s couture week baby!
In my favourite showing of the week, Armani wowed with 68 decadent looks featuring sparkling sequins and crystal embroidery, bustiers, and enough organza to make the pieces as shiny as cellophane. Dreams.
Creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond and his brand Pyer Moss made history last week when he became the first black designer to show at Paris couture week. His phenomenal debut showcase was inspired by (and featured) common household objects created by black inventors which were blown up and literally worn as couture. Some items on display included a peanut butter jar, an early model mobile phone and a fridge. Using his pieces to speak to the issue of black erasure throughout history, Jean-Raymond delivered one of the most incredible showcases in recent years.
This year’s Fendi showcase took the form of a high-end fashion film (very Covid friendly) directed by non other than award-winning filmmaker Luca Guadagnino of Call Me By Your Name fame.
Artistic director Kim Jones dressed some of the most iconic supermodels of the ’90s (think Kate Moss and Christy Turlington) in striking pieces like dreamy ballroom gowns adorned with delicate fur petals.
This season marked Balenciaga’s return to haute couture for the first time in 53 years, and boy did they make an impact. Creative Director Demna Gvasalia honored Cristóbal Balenciaga’s legacy with a series of black suits and coats but the real showstopper was this season’s most out there silhouette, bulbous disc-shaped head wear. Why not?
Chanel’s showcase featured the historic house’s iconic tweed in a variety of color palettes, along with some dreamy floral motifs on impressionist painting-inspired dresses. Actor and brand ambassador Margaret Qualley closed the show in my favourite look, a beautiful white wedding dress accessorised with a sequined hat and veil.
Giambattista Valli’s FW21 couture collection did not disappoint fans of his luxurious tulle pieces (i.e. me). The collection featured striking tulle dresses in pastel tones with striking silhouettes and trains.
In a show that was designed to be all about the fabrics, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement with a collection of tweed ensembles that seemed to pay tribute to equestrian fashion, while the evening looks boasted velvet, satin and silk adorned with feathers.
Iris van Herpen
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen is another one of my favourites this year with her collection of 3D printed dresses. One dress in particular (the Earthrise gown) was modelled by world-champion skydiver Domitille Kiger, with a sky dive of course. The 18-look range also included five dresses made using recycled plastic waste.
Artistic Director Daniel Roseberry did a great job with some striking surrealist designs featuring metallic embellishments. Because who doesn’t love golden roses on their boobs?
Viktor & Rolf
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s latest collection featured the jeweled embellishments they’ve been known to embrace before, though this time on a range that was inspired by royalty.