Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel Couture Collection under Eiffel Tower Replica

At the Grand Palais in Paris, on July 5, the atmosphere in the enormous stage had already been set before the defile by Karl Lagerfeld’s decision to present Chanel’s Couture collection in a very Parisian manner, and for that, he placed deck chairs in the shadow of an Eiffel Tower replica, lightly clouded at the top. The first sight of Couture started on Mario Batkovic’s ‘Restrictus’, who set the tone for the music that played throughout the show.

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Looking at the clothes, I get a Merry Poppins feel, starting from the very first outfit. The hats, the shoes and the shape of the clothes, all send you on a playful journey that’s meant to be a secret, camouflaged by a rather serious attitude, especially given the lack of details that’s dominating the beginning of the show. Even after that, there’s an abstinence that’s happening, compensated only by feathers placed in the least expected places and big flowers playing out as pampered hems. Sleeves and high boots receive the same treatment, a manner that creates quite an image. Sparkling fabrics suddenly change the mood set at the beginning and with that the collection triumphs into the elegant and highly sophisticated Chanel garment.

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The front row meant names like Kristen Stewart, Julian Moore, Kaya Scodelario (finally!), Nana Komatsu, Tilda Swinton and many other. After the show, Karl Lagerfeld received the Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris by the city mayor, Anne Hidalgo.

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Dior Deliveres Surreal Beauty for its 70th Anniversary at Paris Couture Fashion Week

Dior took its audience on July 3 on a surreal journey for Paris Couture Fashion Week SS 2018. Showcased at Hotel Des Invalides, the organizers secluded beautiful wood sculptures of wild African animals into an exotic garden, to host Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on Dior 70th anniversary. The designer went back in time for this Couture collection and styled silhouettes of the 50’s into dashing sophisticated looks, and delivered in the end an outstanding collection. The impression is undoubtedly in favor and highly satisfying.

On the runway, gray proved to be highly resourceful and surprised with its ability to deliver such sophistication. The fabric matters a great deal to this affair, so as the shape and cuts, but then we’re talking about 50’s tailored look, which leaves little space for mistakes, even when explored 70 years later. Revisiting the past, Maria Grazia Chiuri has chosen to execute into modern approaches a handful of well-known pieces such as the full skirt style dress, the must-have gloves, hats, and wool fabric. Coats had their say too, being displayed on top of flowy dresses and paired with then labeled as man’s hats, today known as Fedora.

Dior’s established disposition towards fine dresses and flowy fabrics completed the collection.

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Shows to Check Out at Paris Couture Fashion Week July 2017

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The city of Paris is once again hosting Fashion Week, moving from Men’s, which happened not long ago, to Couture collections for Fall-Winter 2018. So far Ronald Van Der Kemp and Proenza Schouler have checked in with their collections and the first day of Paris Couture Week continues its narrative with exciting labels to watch, such as Rodarte, Galia Lahav and Guo Pei.

Monday, the second day of Couture Week, starts with Schiaparelli and continues with Georges Hobeika, Christian Dior, Ralph & Russo and few other more. Tuesday is just as packed with big names, with Chanel having the honor to display its Couture craft at the beginning of the schedule, followed by Ulyana Sergeenko, Giorgio Armani and Alexandre Vauthier.

Maison Margiela is set to be the first label to showcase on Wednesday and the day continues with Ellie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf and Zuhair Murad. Fendi is displaying at the end and the few hour break that’s happening after Valentino’s show provides everyone with enough time to have a moment after such an abundant day.

Thursday is all about the Couture jewelry. The full schedule is available here.