July 2nd to July 5th marked the unveil of Fall/Winter 2017 Haute Couture in Paris. Designers showcased exquisite pieces for the upcoming season. The biggest names in fashion, such as Chanel and Christian Dior, brought their masterpieces from sketches to the runway in dazzling shows. As a wrap-up, here are the top six collections to hit the runways.
This is Fendi’s third show for haute couture, and from the last show’s breathtaking show over the Trevi Fountain for their Fall/Winter 2016 Couture, eyes were all on Karl Lagerfeld to see what he would pull off this season. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées was set into a world of flowers beyond imagination. The details of some of the pieces were constructed from shaved mink to create an intricate masterpiece. Flowers and fur flooded the runway with the appearance of some elite models such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Stella Maxwell. The final outfit, a wedding dress worn by Vittoria Ceretti, featured a shawl consisting of over 9,000 tiny discs that took 1,250 hours to hand-sew. This demonstrates the time and effort put into the Fendi collection that deserved a standing ovation.
Daywear is a main component to most collections during haute couture. However, that’s not the case at Elie Saab. An assortment of gorgeous dresses appeared on the runway for their collection this week. Saab’s vision was to represent female power during the medieval times. The designer sent out models dressed in fine velvets, silk, and gold trims. Many dresses had matching capes and jeweled headwear to pair. It seemed like a fashion show for Game of Thrones!
Giorgio Armani revealed that this collection was dedicated to Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia until her recent death back in December 2016. Her elegance was showcased in the delicate beading and use of tulle in the collection, which lived up to Sozzani’s vintage taste. It was a different style for Armani as garments from tailored suits to flowing gowns appeared with a dark palette and hints of colors.
Versace focused on discretion at the reveal of this couture collection this week. The show occurred on the first floor salon at the Versace store on the Avenue Montaigne with a select press list. 19 looks were showcased, but many of them won’t even appear in the stores as they get flown over the world to be worn on the red carpet. However, discretion was far from the theme of the garments. Metallic scales and crystal-like embellishments were all over. The collection even featured the house’s first time using 3D-printing, crafting a neckline on a gilded dress and two snake-motif jeweled belts.
Karl Lagerfeld brought Paris into the runway for Chanel as models walked on a sandy runway with an Eiffel Tower behind them. Feathers, tweed, and leather were main components of the pieces. It brought a pre-World World I look to the runway, especially with the inclusion of Coco’s famous Chanel canotier hats that she wore during this period. Photographs don’t capture the true beauty of the details of this collection.
Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her second haute couture collection for Christian Dior. Her theme focused on travel, maps, and exploration with her outdoor show featuring wooden animals as the backdrop. The collection was constructed to address all types of women in the world as inspired by Monsieur Dior’s travels around the world. Shades of gray were prominent in gowns, along with sensible footwear, touches of color, and map prints embellished on the garments.