I was so obsessed with Haute Couture in Paris that I just couldn't miss even one show. Initially I didn’t understand what was happening to me because, although I enjoy fashion week wherever I am in the world; and I appreciate that each catwalk is an opportunity for discovery; this was an entirely different feeling. After having thought about the matter for a while, I realised that the nearest feeling is that euphoria a chocoholic feels when they indulge in their sweet tooth!
Haute Couture Paris is a marker for a level of excellence in craftsmanship and creativity; and with the designers following a clear theme.
The first show was Francesco-Scognamiglio's Klimt like gilding ,which was all golden & silver excess. Next Iris Van Herpen’s show which displayed technical feats in her chosen subject inspiration which was patterns and cymatics. Elie Saab’s fabulous corsage style bird encrusted belts followed, and this is the line up without even mentioning feasts presented by Dior, Chanel, Versace, Schiaparelli and the rest of the usual Haute Couture'Maisons'.
But, and there is always a BUT, there is a point as with most chocolate, that the richness and beauty becomes too much and you crave for something simple like a salad.
My salad came in the form of Vetements and Adeline Andre. Vetements because the Gvasalias brothers live in reality, showing the RTW SS17 months before everyone else, and then collaborating with another 18 brands such as Manolo Blahnik , Juicy Couture, Brioni ...
Adeline Andre was another designer who used models that represented women from all walks of life, in a clean cut sharp jewel gowned elegant and wearable collection that certainly created a clearing of the pallet, well at least enough to get into the mode of Fendi’s marvellous 90's anniversary extravaganza at the restored Treviso fountain in Rome later on in the week.
Long live chocolate!