Speaking to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli is always like hearing an Italian art history lesson in stereo. In one ear, she is talking about Mariano Fortuny, his Delphos dress, and “aged” velvet, and in the other, he’s speaking about Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller and their “expressionist dancing.” All of this exotic early-20th-century Venetian-pagan romanticism was sewn lightly into the Valentino Haute Couture collection and trailed around by barefoot nymphs with gold metal serpents writhing in their tendriled tresses. Via Vogue
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Karl Lagerfeld hit the fashion trifecta at his Chanel Haute Couture spring 2016 show, recruiting the famous faces of today’s It girls—Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Bella Hadid—to complete his line-up of models. Jenner was the first of the squad to march along the zen-like, eco-inspired garden set in the Grand Palais. The model was clad in a sweeping black lace creation that boasted a plunging neckline and embroidery running down the front of the dress, along the bodice, and straps.
Does the sum of a vast, sometimes disparate range of covetable, luxurious pieces make a collection? Yes, according to Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele. The designer continued his very personal path to reshaping the brand’s image, delivering a pre-fall collection that channeled a wide scope of themes and motifs, many carried over from his past efforts. The result was chaotic coherence.
Printed shirtdresses came in retro-inspired graphics and botanical motifs. Nature is one of Michele’s ongoing fixations, with flowers and wild animals, including the now-familiar tigers and snakes, embroidered on flamboyant knits, exquisite maxidresses and high-end denim pieces. They latter served as a preciously casual counterpoint to the hyper-luxe outerwear: opulent floral jacquard coats trimmed with fur, mink coats printed with stripes, stars, hearts and moons, and colorful astrakhan cropped jackets and capes trimmed in mink. The overall result was extremely appealing in its overwhelming abundance.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one of the biggest and most expensive fashion extravaganzas of the year, was hosted in New York last night, where it celebrated its 20th anniversary in spectacular style. With 47 models gracing the catwalk, including 10 new Angels and a handful of new faces, the high-octane show featured live performances from Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd.
The feminine looks stole the show. Michael Kors printed or embroidered skirts and dresses with tightly packed masses of blossoms. He called them “desert flowers,” a handle that lent itself to a palette of deep red, strong blue and khaki. Among the stunners: a crimson washed-faille dress with plunging neckline and tiered skirt and a newfangled poet’s blouse, in a lapis poppy print with matching skirt. The level of intensity in the combination of bold color and ample volume extracted any trace of sweetness. In its place: flower power of the chicest sort.
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