There is an undeniable magic and fantasy about Haute Couture which makes it stand far out from the usual fashion crowds. However, I always like to look at how the trends that sway the high-fashion scene, infiltrate and influence the rest of the industry, including Ready-to-Wear and swimwear.
And I know that the two ends of the spectrum are creating pieces for different seasons (Haute Couture fashion week this year was presenting creations for FW18, while Gran Canaria Moda Cálida Swimwear Fashion Week was showing pieces for SS19), but its still interesting to look at the prevalent trends that influenced the designers of both.
Colour and texture is a good place to start. We all know that the Haute Couture world is often very much characterised by a use of extreme, flamboyant and sometimes dramatic textures and colours. But what about women’s swimwear?
The new Calima collection for summer 2019, not only uses a stunning palette of mixed colours, but also taps into diversified textures to add a touch of class and elegance. The collection is inspired by the Tunisian World Heritage Site of Sidi Bou Said and has a distinct air of bohemian fairy tale. Just like Haute Couture designer Romance Was Born, Calima uses a mixture of textiles including lace, tassels and sheer fabric in bright blues, pinks and turquoise.
Elsewhere, in the summer 19 collection of Maldito Sweet, we can see an almost Haute Couture-esque drama in the use of theatrical and extravagant fabrics and embellishments. The fabulous swimwear – which is inspired by the The Canary Islands and their spectacular night skies – is a combination of plumes, metallic fabrics, transparent materials and beads.
Comparable to the collections of high-end designers such as Ewa Minge and Dalia Lahav, the pieces are extremely feminine and transgressive.
Maldito Sweet _foto Santiago Ladeiro