Paris Fashion Week Highlights
While we were shivering in a snowstorm this week, jet-setting fashionistas were living it up in Paris viewing the collections from Haute Couture Fashion Week. Haute couture fashions are always over-the-top and give us a preview of what to expect from each designer’s ready-to-wear debuts.
Browsing the Spring/Summer 2014 collections from some of our favorite high-end designers, we’re seeing lots of ethereal gowns, pastels, metallics, plenty of volume and color! Here are a few of our favorite moments of the week.
The return of Schiaparelli
After a 60-year hiatus, legendary fashion house Schiaparelli turned heads with a bold new collection. Lead designer Marco Zanini has said that Elsa Schiaparelli was “the first to mix high and low” and he certainly captured the designer’s sense of fun with colorful prints, dramatic volume, gorgeous embroidery and spectacular jewelry.
Kim Kardashian at Stephane Rolland
Word on the street is that Kim Kardashian is looking for a wedding gown and attended Stephane Rolland’s show for inspiration. We’d love to see Kim marry Kanye in one of Rolland’s voluminous couture creations. The star chose a sexy ivory silk jumpsuit to wear in the front row.
Leave it to the brilliant Karl Lagerfeld to surprise us. We saw knee and elbow pads, sneakers and even fanny packs (!!!) paired with classic Chanel styling on the runway this week. Supermodel Cara Develigne closed out the show wearing sneakers with a headdress and a sheer wedding gown. Coco Chanel always said that luxury must be comfortable. Reportedly, the bedazzled sneakers were no easy afterthought — it took 30 hours to make each pair at 3,000 euros a pair. Haute couture, indeed.
All the pretty pastels! These perfect pastel looks from Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika have us psyched for Spring. We’ve talked about pastels before, and we are still excited about the soft-hued possibilities. Floaty dresses in peach, powder pink, lavender and lemon yellow would be gorgeous in any bridal party. With such delicate fabrics and shades, Hobeika’s stunning collection might be the romantic most one of the week.
Erica Moody is a Louisiana-born writer who’s called D.C. home since 2010. In addition to fashion writing, she covers social events, edits The Citron Review literary journal and is working on a novel. Erica holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University.