She’s one of my favorite style girls, and Olivia Palermo was at a lot of the big runway shows in Paris – of course wearing some the latest looks from the designers. From her killer Fay military coat with velvet details (that she wore twice and I probably wouldn’t have been able to take off), to the Elie Saab fringe fur vest, to no kidding, Nike. And it’s all here….
It was a display of fireworks on Zuhair Murad‘s Spring 2017 couture runway – the designer taking literal inspiration from the advanced pyrotechnic displays of Japan. The concept was realized through a few playsuits and jumpsuits, but mostly gowns of eye-popping color.
Simple is not the word to ever define a Valentino collection, but it certainly seemed to reflect the shift in perspective compared to collections past. Debuting his first solo couture collection without Maria Grazia Chiuri by his side, Pierpaolo Piccioli showed a surprising, but ever exquisite compilation inspired by dreamscapes.
It started with a risque v-plunge neck blue frock with a center slit so high you dare not stare…but you find your eyes darting back just to watch if there just might be an accidental train wreck because you are, in fact, human. Daring, Mr. Saab.
A favorite design house for the A-list red carpet, Ralph & Russo keeps stepping up their game. For the Spring 2017 couture collection, the magic team Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo wanted to offer a variety of red carpet worthy looks to every type of woman, focusing around the thought of empowerment. With Kirsten Dunst in attendance, I’m wondering if we might see one of these dresses on her in one of the coming awards shows….
Giambattista Valli managed to merge both the boho traveler and the princess in a ballgown into one couture collection, and I’m still not quite sure how this all fit together. For his Spring17 Couture runway at Paris Fashion Week, Valli imagined a (super rich) traveler pulling out her dresses to find major creases in them…but hey, you’re traveling. C’est la vie, right? It’s the bohemian, life?
Lagerfeld took it back to soft sophistication (with a twist) in a sugary sweet palette accentuated by metallics for his Spring 2017 Chanel couture collection. The looks, classically feminine, were realized through variations of the house signature boucle jacket, and a parade of dresses and gowns in silver sequins, paillets, rhinestones, and feathers. Oh, the feathers.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the house of Versace right now, with rumors abound of talks between Donatella and Riccardo Tisci to move over in a jump from Givenchy. And did the need for help show obvious in the latest Versace couture collection? Oh no. Not at all.
Giambattista Valli has always created ultra feminine fashion with a French flair. Previous collections would make any romantic swoon…like a few seasons back when he put Gigi Hadid in that yellow Georgette gown, or pretty much his entire Spring 16 Couture collection of fantastically feminine silhouettes. He is a classicist at heart with modernist ideas. One of my favorite kind of designers.
And for the Spring 17 RTW season, he took to the idea of lingerie as outerwear, much like the current model posse, including his long-time staple runway anchor Gigi Hadid often showcases in her street style with crop tops, bra tops, hot pants, and workout gear. It is a dressed down decade, and to that end Valli wanted to explore a little. Only on his runway, the underthings were flirty, romantic, and super feminine. Gigi wore a black satin bra with matching high-waist panties under an open lace pleat skirt with a puff sleeve jacket.
Bad Taste. Anthony Vaccarello chose to show a collection for Saint Laurent centered around bad taste. After taking over as creative director in the wake of Hedi Slimane’s departure, Vaccarello wanted to bring back what the brand had been originally about – girls having fun, breaking the rules…the kind of girl that would take a vintage dress and cut into it. And he imagines this girl would look to the 80’s. So 80’s bad taste. Can you hear me groaning?! Saint Laurent and Kering (the parent company) actually put in a huge budget for this collection….of bad taste 80’s inspired ready to wear.