Paris Haute Couture Spring 2017

Giambattista Valli, Haute Couture, fashion show, summer 2016, Paris

This week was a whirlwind in week of fashion. Besides covering all the upcoming trends in Pakistani fashion, I decided to cover the Haute Coutour show in Paris. I will admit, I don’t know much about western designers to write pages about them, but global fashion and trends I do know, so I take this coverage upon myself as a challenge. Hope I succeed…

Here goes. All the big name designers were showcasing their designs this week. Well known fashion houses such as Dior, Ralph & Russo, Elie Saab, Armani, and many more all played a magician’s game with fabric and colors. Some relatively unknown designers to me also showcased their talents. Designers such as Hyun Mi Nielsen, Yuima Nakazato, and Ulyana Sergeenko not only showed their presence with their fresh ideas, but as a person of color, it was nice to see some talented Non-European designers as well. I kept checking my Instagram feed and let me tell you I wasn’t disappointed to see the wearable artwork on the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

Another addition I liked was the extravagance of the runaway. The Dior show and Chanel show took the cake. It was hard to concentrate on the clothes when the Dior runway looked like the setting of Shakespeare’s Midnight Summer’s Dream or a walkway of mirror beautifully contradicted the ultra feminine Chanel dresses. It is interesting to see a designer’s vision come to live with the help of a good set decorator. It tells a complete story present in the designer’s mind.

Now, we come to the clothes. I usually don’t follow the big fashion shows in Paris, Milan, or New York. I prefer watching the clothes on the red carpet at the Oscars. But, this year I decided to be ahead of the game and keep an eye out on the trends expected on movie stars at the award shows. So here are some similar trends we saw across the board.

I noticed that this year was all about giving the outfit a 3 dimensional feeling. I saw ruffles, tulle, sequins, feathers, tassels, and flowers placed strategically to give an otherwise dull outfit some depth. Dior’s silhouettes were not as revolutionary or evolutionary, but Jean Paul Gaultier filled that hole. Each piece was a walking piece of art ready to be put in Louvre. Chanel went dynamic with ruffles and Zuhair Murad went grand with his bellowing ball gowns.

The overall theme of the whole week was femininity and accentuating the female body with flowing fabrics and soft patterns. Floral motifs are going to be big this season and I am very happy to see that. I am tired of women in the west not wearing dainty clothes and celebrate their feminine sexuality. I think with this show, more and more trends will pay odes to a by-gone era when women actually dressed in dresses and florals. Very happy to predict that this spring.  Well, can’t wait to see what comes in the market. Happy Shopping!


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