- Chanel’s Star-Studded Casino
Chanel’s Haute Couture show is always the most anticipated spectacle of the entire season, and this time around was no exception. For Fall/Winter 2016, Karl Lagerfeld served up a whimsical collection filled with enough tweed, feathers, lace, and embroidery to satisfy the most fashion hungry of spectators. Even though the clothes were extraordinarily gorgeous (as usual), we couldn’t help but keep our eyes off of the A-list celebrities participating in a live game of black jack right in the center of the runway. Lagerfeld chose just a select few of his muses to open the show in custom Chanel creations that reflect the way the designer sees each of them individually. Not only did the dramatic entrance bring Chanel’s chic casino to life, but having this many style icons give up their coveted front row seats to actually gamble in the show, proved once again why Karl Lagerfeld dominates Couture week.
Christian Dior’s affinity for flowers is what drove him to revolutionize fashion with the new look silhouette. In fact, this tight waisted, full skirted shape was directly inspired by the curvaceous line of tulips when flipped upside down. With flowers so engrained within the codes of the house, its no wonder Raf Simons, returned to this passion of monsieur Dior’s in order to design, not only the clothes, but also the set of his Fall Haute Couture collection. From the moment that fashion’s elite arrived on location in the lush gardens of the Rodin Museum, they were immediately welcomed into a modernist expanse of glass panels covered in a magnificent abstract floral motif. Inside, the venue sparkled with light bouncing off the multitude of vibrant colors topped off with a lush, lilac runway to give the whole venue a rather psychedelic feel. When coupled with Raf’s gorgeous, femme fleur designs, reminiscent of Dior’s feminine looks with a surprisingly fresh twist, the show-space became a magical, Couture filled wonderland.
3. Atelier Versace’s Supermodel Army
This year, the guest list of amFAR’s Couture week dinner could have easily been mistaken for the model lineup of a major fashion show. It just so happens that the bevy of beauties in attendance strutted the red carpet right after they strutted Atelier Versace’s bohemian themed runway. Once Karlie Kloss rounded-out the finale, she, along with a few other supermodel friends (Joan Smalls, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, and Doutzen Kroes just to name a few), headed directly to the event, still clad in their ethereal Haute Couture confections. The best part? Ms. Donatella Versace herself, also came out to support the aids research foundation.
4. Fendi’s Peta Protesters
As a label specializing in luxurious furs since 1925, Fendi has always had a special knack for stirring up trouble with animal rights organizations. PETA, in particular, is one of the Italian label’s biggest adversaries and when Karl Lagerfeld broke the news that he was bringing Fendi to Couture week in celebration of his 50th year at the brand, protesters immediately began prepping for battle. Outside of the show, mayhem took place with bloody signs, ferocious chants, and a woman dressed in a bodysuit mimicking a skinned animal. However, security managed to keep all of the lobbyists somewhat contained and Lagerfeld’s show went off without a hitch. Inside the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lagerfeld’s dramatic venue of choice, 36 extravagant haute fourrure looks marched down the runway in an unforgettable display of unparalleled craftsmanship. Mink, sable, chinchilla, all creatively mixed together alongside fantastic embroideries and feathers. The collection’s perfect intermingling between tradition and modernity was undeniably Fendi at its finest.
5. Valentino’s Roman Holiday
Of all the dramatic extravaganzas that took place during Haute Couture week, Valentino’s historic return to Rome was by far the most buzzed about. Although Valentino was founded in the eternal city during the hight of la dolce vita, it has not showed a collection there since Valentino Gravani himself left the brand in 2006. That is, until now. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, finally decided to pay homage to Italian fashion and culture the right way: a dramatic runway show in the heart of Rome and a chic scavenger hunt to precede it. During the day, fashion insiders traveled from one historical location to the next, each one with mannequins showcasing some of Valentino’s most magnificent creations from past seasons. Once the sun started to set, invitees took their seats along the winding runway to witness the brand’s Roman themed runway show. From gorgeous lace minis, to imperial evening coats, to goddess gowns in Valentino’s signature red, decadence and drama were prevalent in every single creation. Haute Couture may be a French art form, but the collection was Italian to the core. Valentino’s return home was a glamorous blowout, nothing short of a love letter to Rome.