Haute Couture Fashion Week: the most striking shows of the first few days

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The French capital is abuzz with activity. For Fashion Week Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2023-2024, fashion is shrugging off the prevailing tensions. Since Monday, the biggest brands have been unveiling spectacular collections. From Chanel to Dior and Schiaparelli, zoom in on the first runway shows.

 

Iris Van Herpen: a cross between two worlds

 

The Dutch designer put on a captivating, moving show for show guests. It was almost like being in Avatar: The Way of the Water, with this collection inspired by both floating cities and the concept of bionic design. It’s a singular, futuristic vision of man, living both on land and at sea. Like two opposing worlds that come together to form one.

 

As always, Iris Van Herpen shares her talent and overflowing, unique creativity with the world, departing from trends, and sometimes even from fashion in the truest sense of the word.

 

For this collection, she drew inspiration first and foremost from Jacques Rougerie, known as the Architect of the Sea, and Bjarke Ingels, inventor of the world’s first floating city.

 

 

 

A qualified architect herself, she redefines the traditional boundaries of fashion with each new collection. The new Architectonics collection is a perfect symbiosis of movement and stillness, land and sea, present and future.

 

As the models move forward, each model comes to life.

 

 

The brilliant, shimmering color palette takes us into Iris Van Herpen’s enchanted world. From goddesses to warriors to princesses, one thing’s for sure: her creations are for strong women!

 

Schiaparelli: a blend of fashion and art that’s all the rage

 

This year, it’s not animals, but artists who take center stage at the new Schiaparelli Autumn-Winter 2023 fashion show. Daniel Roseberry, creative director of the house since 2019, found inspiration in the many artists with whom the eponymous designer had the opportunity to collaborate throughout her life.

 

As last year, the show took place in the Petit Palais, bringing together some 500 guests.

 

Exaggerated proportions, perfectly mastered cuts and cutting-edge outfits that oscillate between garments and works of art. Daniel Roseberry describes the new collection as “a surreal interpretation of the wardrobe“.

 

Among the looks, a few caught our eye, such as this cream-colored felted wool coat, accompanied by trompe-l’œil embroidery evoking articulated arms. Or this all-mirror suit, with low-waisted skirt and semi-open jacket, inspired by the mosaics of sculptor Jack Whitten.

 

 

 

 

In addition to these incredible creations, Daniel Roseberry once again focused on his signature fetish: accessories. Ear moldings, metal cuffs adorned with faces. And for the umpteenth callback to the art world, some models were partially covered in royal blue dye on face, neck or body, a nod to the eponymous artist’s famous Klein blue.

 

 

Chanel: chic à la française

 

Once again, the quintessential French fashion house thrilled its guests and the entire capital with a stage-side show, set against the backdrop of the Iron Lady and iconic Parisian bridges.

 

The first model to open the ball was none other than the Maison’s French muse, Caroline de Maigret. She wore a double-breasted coat with long pants, both in navy blue tweed. The other looks were divided into two moods. On one side were pantsuits, skirts and other ensembles in tweed, Chanel’s signature material. On the other, chic bohemian looks with dresses, blouses and skirts embellished with floral embroidery and graphic motifs.

 

 

 

 

One of the models was accompanied by an adorable little longhair, none other than the Labrador retriever of the sister of Virginie Viard, Chanel’s current artistic director.

 

Like all Haute Couture shows, the show traditionally ends with a wedding dress. The lucky bride was a Korean model named Shin Hyun-ji, who arrived on the catwalk wearing an immaculate white organza gown with fabric petals at the neckline. The Parisian woman was in the spotlight for this 100% French show, from the decor to the inspirations to the guests.

 

Dior: ancient goddesses are the new muses

 

As usual, Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a new collection of rare beauty, this time inspired by Greek divinities. It was in one of the world’s most famous sculpture museums – the Rodin Museum – that the models grazed the catwalk.

 

Every fashion show has its strong women. After the couture collection presented last January, which paid homage to Josephine Baker, the House turned this time to the mythical figure of the Greek goddess. From the very first looks, we see long, flouncy dresses, pleated skirts with organza tops and dresses inspired by warriors and gladiators. The meticulous lace and embroidery work demonstrates the unique savoir-faire of the Parisian fashion house.

 

 

 

The color palette ranges from white and gray to beige, silver and gold. From the colors to the shapes of the garments, Maria Grazia has pulled off a prodigious feat, mixing eras and genres. A Greek goddess could just as easily wear one of her 60 looks as a modern woman.

 

 

The Italian designer commented in a note accompanying the show: “I studied the iconography of the various goddesses, who are almost always associated with animals, and I reproduced myself by imitating their postures, at first in a performative way, copying their poses and movements with my body, embodying their strangeness until I made them my own“.

 

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The French capital is abuzz with activity. For Fashion Week Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2023-2024, fashion is shrugging off the prevailing tensions. Since Monday, the biggest brands have been unveiling spectacular collections. From Chanel to Dior and Schiaparelli, zoom in on the first runway shows.

 

Iris Van Herpen: a cross between two worlds

 

The Dutch designer put on a captivating, moving show for show guests. It was almost like being in Avatar: The Way of the Water, with this collection inspired by both floating cities and the concept of bionic design. It’s a singular, futuristic vision of man, living both on land and at sea. Like two opposing worlds that come together to form one.

 

As always, Iris Van Herpen shares her talent and overflowing, unique creativity with the world, departing from trends, and sometimes even from fashion in the truest sense of the word.

 

For this collection, she drew inspiration first and foremost from Jacques Rougerie, known as the Architect of the Sea, and Bjarke Ingels, inventor of the world’s first floating city.

 

 

 

A qualified architect herself, she redefines the traditional boundaries of fashion with each new collection. The new Architectonics collection is a perfect symbiosis of movement and stillness, land and sea, present and future.

 

As the models move forward, each model comes to life.

 

 

The brilliant, shimmering color palette takes us into Iris Van Herpen’s enchanted world. From goddesses to warriors to princesses, one thing’s for sure: her creations are for strong women!

 

Schiaparelli: a blend of fashion and art that’s all the rage

 

This year, it’s not animals, but artists who take center stage at the new Schiaparelli Autumn-Winter 2023 fashion show. Daniel Roseberry, creative director of the house since 2019, found inspiration in the many artists with whom the eponymous designer had the opportunity to collaborate throughout her life.

 

As last year, the show took place in the Petit Palais, bringing together some 500 guests.

 

Exaggerated proportions, perfectly mastered cuts and cutting-edge outfits that oscillate between garments and works of art. Daniel Roseberry describes the new collection as “a surreal interpretation of the wardrobe“.

 

Among the looks, a few caught our eye, such as this cream-colored felted wool coat, accompanied by trompe-l’œil embroidery evoking articulated arms. Or this all-mirror suit, with low-waisted skirt and semi-open jacket, inspired by the mosaics of sculptor Jack Whitten.

 

 

 

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The French capital is abuzz with activity. For Fashion Week Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2023-2024, fashion is shrugging off the prevailing tensions. Since Monday, the biggest brands have been unveiling spectacular collections. From Chanel to Dior and Schiaparelli, zoom in on the first runway shows.

 

Iris Van Herpen: a cross between two worlds

 

The Dutch designer put on a captivating, moving show for show guests. It was almost like being in Avatar: The Way of the Water, with this collection inspired by both floating cities and the concept of bionic design. It’s a singular, futuristic vision of man, living both on land and at sea. Like two opposing worlds that come together to form one.

 

As always, Iris Van Herpen shares her talent and overflowing, unique creativity with the world, departing from trends, and sometimes even from fashion in the truest sense of the word.

 

For this collection, she drew inspiration first and foremost from Jacques Rougerie, known as the Architect of the Sea, and Bjarke Ingels, inventor of the world’s first floating city.

 

 

 

A qualified architect herself, she redefines the traditional boundaries of fashion with each new collection. The new Architectonics collection is a perfect symbiosis of movement and stillness, land and sea, present and future.

 

As the models move forward, each model comes to life.

 

 

The brilliant, shimmering color palette takes us into Iris Van Herpen’s enchanted world. From goddesses to warriors to princesses, one thing’s for sure: her creations are for strong women!

 

Schiaparelli: a blend of fashion and art that’s all the rage

 

This year, it’s not animals, but artists who take center stage at the new Schiaparelli Autumn-Winter 2023 fashion show. Daniel Roseberry, creative director of the house since 2019, found inspiration in the many artists with whom the eponymous designer had the opportunity to collaborate throughout her life.

 

As last year, the show took place in the Petit Palais, bringing together some 500 guests.

 

Exaggerated proportions, perfectly mastered cuts and cutting-edge outfits that oscillate between garments and works of art. Daniel Roseberry describes the new collection as “a surreal interpretation of the wardrobe“.

 

Among the looks, a few caught our eye, such as this cream-colored felted wool coat, accompanied by trompe-l’œil embroidery evoking articulated arms. Or this all-mirror suit, with low-waisted skirt and semi-open jacket, inspired by the mosaics of sculptor Jack Whitten.

 

 

 

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