2023 has kickstarted with a big bang for haute couture. The Paris Fashion Week has offered us several great moments and collections that left us amused, entertained and mesmerized. Some even shocked and surprised us. Most of the iconic luxury fashion houses showcased their collections over the past few days including the likes of Chanel, Armani, Valentino, Schiaparelli, LV, and others. We have round up this seasons not-to-forget moments in this article:
The lion-head dress worn by Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner walked in to see the Schiaparelli showcase wearing their new collection design that featured her in a strapless velvet gown with a faux lion head affixed to the dress – that went nothing short of viral in a matter of minutes on social and digital platforms.
Schiaparelli opened the Couture Fashion Week with a bang causing a lot of chaos over the social channels. Kylie’s Instagram post mentioned the look as Beauty and the Beast – an ensemble which was constructed by hand using man made materials. The creative director Daniel Roseberry said that the collection was inspired by Dante’s Inferno. The animals’ heads on the dress as seen on Kylie Jenner, Irina Shayk to Naomi Campbell were all representing ‘lust, pride and avarice’
Doja’s Cat’s – 30,000 Swarovski crystals and cat whiskers look
Talk about something as iconic as famous rapper Doja Cat showing up clad in 30,000 Swarovski crystals. With her album -Planet her – becoming one of the five most streamed albums globally over Spotify – critics say glitter was certainly the perfect choice for her to be wrapped around for the Schiaparelli showcase.
Covered in red jewels and make-up from head to toe – she posed alongside Kylie Jenner – both making iconic style statements of their own for the brand Schiaparelli. Her Instagram post of the same mentioned her wearing a red silk faille bustier, a hand knit skirt of lacquered wooden beads with 30,000 Swarovski boots.
If you thought this was all – it certainly is not. She made a statement again in her cat whiskers look for the Viktor & Rolf showcase. She yet again drew the attention of the world wearing a moustache, a goatee and brows made from faux eyelashes to attend the Viktor & Rolf show and posting over her social media platforms.
Viktor & Rolf’s horizontal and upside-down gowns
Known for their memorable and iconic showcases, Viktor & Rolf did not disappoint this year either. The horizontal to upside down creations by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren gave us all something to think about.
Models walked down the ramp wearing the dresses and gown in every possible direction – diagonal, vertical or horizontal offering audiences a clear visibility of the neutral-toned corsets and undergarments on the models. One of the models walked down the ramp with a dress completely upside-down and the hemline covering her face with the neckline below her waist.
The world going upside-down over the past couple of years has surely been captured well as a theme for their showcase, a true depiction of a topsy turvy world.
Gaurav Gupta’s first showcase at Paris Fashion Week
The Indian ace designer known for his splendid couture designs in the Indian sub-continent officially showcased at Paris Haute Couture Week for the first time and managed to let the audience fall in love with his designs. His collection is coined as Shunya collection, Gaurav mentioned in a statement to the press that his new collection ‘explores the movement possibilities between xero and infinity with tangents of mythology, fantasy and surrealism’
He further went to mention that as a designer for this collection he explored working with sculptural draping in indigo electric blue with satins, chiffons, organza’s. Another iconic part of the collection was entangled wires as embroidery.
Dior’s Haute couture showcase and inspiration from Josephine Baker
The who’s not of the famous artists and glamour world attended the Dior showcase in Paris.
The former French First Lady Carla Bruni in attendance holding a Dior Lady 9522 bag, Anya Taylor-Joy in a lace corset and jacket, Charithra Chandran in a black sheer dress, the brands own ambassador Beatrice Borromeo in a grey tweed with Lady Dior 9522 bag and Jisoo – part of the K-pop BLACKPINK group – who is also a Dior ambassador was present in an all-white ensemble with a white and floral Dior top-handle bag amongst others.
The showcase was held at an annexe inside the Musee Rodin gardens, and the collections drew its inspiration from the life of Josephine Baker. Dressed were in mature colour and the iconic classic Dior staples that reflected upon the 1920s and 1950s era.
Louis Vuitton Menswear showcase
The Fall winter 2023 collection for menswear by LV was co-created by the design house team with the American designer and artist KidSuper. The notion behind the collection was based on the idea of growing up, portrayed with the help of playful designs and silhouettes.
What also stole the show was the performance before the show began by singer Rosalia. The models were seen walking down the ramp in oversized suits, trend coats and puffer jackets – all statement pieces of the iconic luxe fashion house. These garments were also seen in bold patterns and vivid and wild colours that focused on the bright sides like neon green, orange, blue and more mixed with earthy tones of black, brown, and white.
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Stephane Rollan dedicates his collection to Brazil
This haute couture week, the ace designer Stephan Rolland dedicated his show to Brazil. The models were seen in a collection that was filled with gold, silver, and metallic torsos. One special dress – a golden dress stole the show when the model wearing the dress walking down the ramp looked nothing short of a goddess as the netizens claimed over the viral pictures and reels of the showcase.
The design mentions the look was inspired by Brazil’s patron saint, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Aparecida, the saint’s original image is known to be enshrined in the central high altar in Brazil.
Other brands that also showcased this season were Saint Laurent, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Dries Van Noten, Chanel amongst other brands.