Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is always a magical part of the fashion week season for me. The creativity, innovation and immaculate craftsmanship behind the stunning pieces from big name couture designers and newcomers is always breath taking. For me the undisputed king of this year’s Haute Couture shows was Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. The collection was modern and wearable, with fantastic wool pants and embroidered tank-tops; yet at the same phantasmagorical, with beautiful Philip Treacy designed plumed hats that looked like giant man-of-war jellyfish, and then of course there was the plethora of ruffles and house’s signature bows.
But although Valentino stood out, there were others who also portrayed beautiful fantasies, often from unique and diverse angles. Not all of these designers are actually considered official ‘Haute Couture’ as they haven’t been included in the selected list by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture or didn’t show a collection of more than 50 designs including daywear and eveningwear.
However, to me, Haute Couture is defined by its traditional craftsmanship, creative work and innovative techniques – a breath of fresh air in today’s fast fashion world. Walking into the Gyunel couture presentation at the Ritz Paris was breath-taking, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Wild Swans” and the delicate Russian ballet, the highly-artistic pieces featured innovative feather slashed leathers together with feather embroidery, crystals, organza and crepe de chine on signature diamond cuts. This collection has kept me on a high ever since