Fall/Winter ’19/’20 Best Couture Moments
Over the years haute couture has been the glimmering legacy of fashion. Celebrated fashion houses compete through wearable pieces of art, and each season, the competition heats up. Aside from a rising competition, the legacy keeps being rewritten while fashion houses unleash their visionary power with each coming advance. This couture week, Fall/Winter 19/20 shows raised the bar with all new and exciting fine artistry. Some sights at the shows have been the talk of the town and we're here to tell you all about these iconic moments.
Dior's Golden Doll House
For the closing of the show, Maria Grazia Chiuri seeked Penny Slinger the feminist and surrealist artist to design the head-turning piece. The golden doll house covered in 24-carat gold leaf was influenced by Slinger's lifelong inspiration from houses, which had frequently represented the psyche in her work. While a movie celebrating Slinger's career is releasing, the powerful sign-off was a timely piece.
Chanel's Nostalgia in the Library
For her first couture collection for Chanel, artistic director Virginie Viard went back to classics. The pieces that hold a historical touch were showcased in a full-blown circular libray with bookshelves from floor to cieling complete with world classics. The whole scene brought out a serenity that only book lovers know. “I dreamt about a woman with nonchalant elegance and a fluid and free silhouette; everything I like about the Chanel allure,” said Viard when asked about the show that echoed a cultured 30s vibes.
Lauren Hutton flaunts Valentino
Pierpaolo Piccioli went extravagant playing with textures; joining sequins, feathers, and yarn together. But different textures is not only what Piccioli is including. For this show, Piccioli adressed the fashion industry's diversity problem. Aside from Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber, over half of the models for the show were women of color. The highlight of the night was when 75-year-old model and actress Lauren entered in a bold look charming us with old-school grace.
Mechanized Gowns is a Glimpse towards the Future
Iris van Herpen made history with her futuristic collection made with the help of kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe. On top of the science behind the looks, Iris van Herpen put an otherworldly aesthetic appeal in the designs. The finale dress, handmade out of feathers and stainless steel, took four months to appear in this ethereal state. The outlandish scene created by the kinetic dresses in this collection will stay a bright spot in the legacy of couture.
Givenchy Goes Big with Feathers
It's not the first time Givenchy takes things to a higher level. And this time, by higher we mean bigger - and with a countless number of feathers. Kaia Gerber was just extravagant in the voluminous bird-like look. Clare Waight Keller made a huge statement with the green-ombre, body consuming gown. Gerber stole the show with only her face and hands showing from behind the feathers.
Maison Margiela's Men's Trousers Dress
John Galliano from Maison Margiela broke all the rules in couture week. With an unreal collection, made unique by rips, holes, and many belts, Galliano creates an anarchic spectacle. The collection transformed mundane menswear to fantasied dresses for women. The center of attention was the olive men's trousers that metamorphosed into a fully fledged gown with a rebellious flair.
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