As Paris Men’s Fashion Week concluded, the first of three days of Parisian Haute Coutre began to unfold. Classic elegance, futuristic sophistication, it was day filled with esthetics for all. Classic style with contemporary shapes seemed to be the recurring theme at the Christophe Josse and Armani Prive shows. At Josse we witnessed an homage to the young girl with metallic embroidery embedded on jersey mesh, enamel colors, and intricate ruching. The modern silhouettes were very young, very luxurious, and very elegant, a collection that any modern alpha female would want to wear. At Armani Prive what we were served were plastic-like body-fitting fabrics, experimental volumized sleeves, gem encrusted pieces, and a beautiful display of fine silks. Add a forties’ neckline and you have a beautiful and chic collection that is in vogue.
Giorgio Armani Prive
At Alexander Vauthier what we had was a display of impeccable beadwork, fitted a-line skirts, peek-a-boo slits, and silhouette hugging dresses. A gold scaled bolero, and gold binding belts finishes off what was a very sexy and feminine collection that is fit for any femme fatale. This is how you look sexy while being conservative, much the case as well at Christian Dior. With an homage to the foundation of the label, Galliano brought back classic Dior. With a mix of empire waists, fitted a-line skirts, voluminous forties’ tops, with a mix of warm and vivid colors, this collection was the epitome of what haute couture means. It was one hundred percent Dior, and perhaps the best show to come from the label. It is one collection no one should miss out on.
Alexis Mabille was one show that didn’t disappoint as well. It was very Greek Goddess-like, with very relaxed flowing gowns, it was a collection fit for Aphrodite herself. There were floral prints, beaded embellishments, lace dresses, convertible capes, and even cropped pants. It was very Spring, very intimate, very feminine. It’s the perfect collection to invite in the sunny days.
Alexis Mabille (Left) Bouchra Jarrar (Right)
Lastly, neutral tones, with vertical line cuts, contrasting color piping, and experimental collars is exactly what we saw at the Bouchra Jarrar show. It was haute couture with a kick of edge, a good example that simplicity can be synonymous of elegance. With day one full of beautiful showings, if it’s any indication of what is to come, then next two days are sure to blow us away.