All good things come to an end…. but at least we can now start looking forward to next Season’s Paris Couture shows. In most cases, the best is saved till last, but judging over the past couple of days, I think we could definitely say that the best was saved till…. well… it wasn’t saved, it was just all on show for us to see for the whole three days. How spoiled are we?! So here it is… the final round up of Day three at Paris Couture week.
We were transported to the times of the Renaissance by the Valentino show, with models swathed in high neck, floor length, long sleeve dresses in an array of beautiful rose print fabrics finished with pintucks and sunburst darts. A French royalty ambiance was evident with embroidered collars and gauze piece that were simply romantic and breathtaking. It was poetry at its finest.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Taking on a less conservative approach was the Jean Paul Gaultier show, seemingly inspired by the late Amy Winehouse with cigarettes and all (which did not go down well with her father Mitch). I imagined Nicki Minaj’s jaw dropping at the sight of every ensemble. Leather varsity jackets were teamed with long, flowing satin skirts and his traditional corsets were in full play, teamed with champagne coloured knickers. On the more formal side of things, tuxedos were pieced together with silk harem trousers and cropped jackets with satin lapels, while gowns were created with taffeta silk in acid bright colours and finished with oversized bows.
Oh how I wished I was a blushing bride to be when I saw the genius show of Elie Saab. Whimsical, sweeping gowns glided down the runway in Spring hues of peach, taupe, lemon meringue, mint green, baby blue and soft pink. There was serious attention to detail with the use of tiny crystals embroidered onto soft silks with the kind of mastery skills that the Lebanese designer is famous for.