Couture Week 2016: Part 1

Couture Fashion Week took place last week in Paris, France, while I watched from a (huge) distance. I always enjoy the Couture shows because, while I tend to be more practical and lean towards ready-to-wear, I try to sit back and get inspiration from the couture shows. This time we saw eco-friendly designs from Chanel of all brands, architectural designs from Victor & Rolf, the same (in the best way!) French maid/ biker gang/ flight attendant designs we’ve come to expect from Jean Paul Gaultier, and gorgeous, sweeping, pieces from Givenchy, Valentino, and many more.

In this post, I will be covering my favorites from Chanel and Viktor & Rolf. Keep an eye out for part 2 tomorrow, covering Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, and Valentino.

Chanel

Pieces at Chanel were constructed from “wood chips (!!!), recycled paper, and organic woven yarn,” according to Vogue Runway. The color palette consisted of navy, white, creams, beige/brown, pops of pink and light blue, and gold. For the most part, I’ll skip over the tweed suiting (Chanel’s signature) seeing as it’s a seasonal staple for the brand, but I would like to point out some of the new silhouettes and layering, such as the navy tri-layered look. Pieces like that just go to show ol’Karl always has something new up his sleeve.

In addition to the layering of the suits, Chanel brought us layered looks throughout the collection, making me wonder if many of the looks are actually multiple pieces. One of my favorites is the fourth look down; the dress reminds me of one of Chanel’s classic quilted bags. The top of the look reminds me of chain mail, which is made more casual by the cork wedges we see throughout the collection.

The use of these eco-friendly materials along with the twists on tweed suiting is calling me back to Team Karl.

 

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Viktor & Rolf

Viktor and Rolf’s Couture 2016 collection, by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, started out innocently enough. Crisp, white polo-neck dresses came down the runway with small architectural bits on each piece. Taking inspiration from Cubist and Surrealism, Viktor & Rolf’s pieces began to “grow” before our eyes. The all-white color palette, paired with simple Doc Marten’s, kept the collection from overwhelming, even as the pieces began to grow towards the ceiling. As the pieces began to cover the model’s faces, I started to feel like I was watching a parade (in the best possible way).

To me, Viktor & Rolf captured the true spirit of Couture this year. If this were a contest, they would be the winners.

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As always, thank you for reading! Be sure to come back first thing tomorrow morning for Part 2 of my Couture Week favorites! If you aren’t already, give me a follow using the buttons on the right.

I’m curious; What was YOUR favorite show in Couture Week? Comment below. Please. I need to discuss with SOMEONE. ( Not to sound desperate or anything…)

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