Paris Haute Couture Spring 2017

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

This week was a whirlwind in the world of fashion. Besides covering all the upcoming trends in Pakistani fashion, I decided to cover the Haute Couture show in Paris. I will admit, I don’t follow western clothing designers to write multiple blog posts about them, but global fashion and trends I do know, so I take today’s coverage upon myself as a challenge. Hope I succeed…

Here goes. All the big name designers were showcasing their designs in Paris 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 on Paris’s runway. Some relatively unknown designers also showcased as upcoming talents. Designers such as Hyun Mi Nielsen, Yuima Nakazato, and Ulyana Sergeenko not only showed their designer presence with fresh ideas to adore but being a person of color myself, 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 aspect I liked was the extravagance of the runway itself. The Dior show and Chanel show really took the cake. It was a feast for the eyes to see beautiful clothes when the Dior runway looked like the setting of Shakespeare’s Midnight Summer’s Dream. The modern take of the Chanel walkway of mirrors beautifully contradicted the ultra-feminine Chanel dresses. It is interesting to see a designer’s complete vision come to life with the help of a good show organizer. It tells a complex 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 on social media. I don’t know why I prefer watching the clothes on the red carpet at the Oscars instead because it seems more theatrical and lively to me. But its comparing apples and oranges, I know, because while both shows involve fashion, the purpose and organization of each are vastly different. But this year I decided to be ahead of the game and keep an eye out on the trends assumed to be on movie stars at the award shows this year. So here are some similar trends I saw across the board at Paris Fashion Week 2017.

I noticed 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 evolutionary or revolutionary aka cutting edge, but Jean Paul Gaultier filled that gap with his designs. Each piece of his was a walking piece of art ready to be displayed in Louvre. Chanel went dynamic with ruffles and Zuhair Murad went grand with his bellowing ball gowns. The entire lineup offered a plethora of fashion ideas for a fashionista like me.

The overall theme of the Paris Fashion Week 2017 was femininity and accentuating the female body with flowing fabrics and soft patterns. It seems floral motifs are going to be big this season and I am so excited to expect that in real life. I am tired of women in the west not wearing pretty clothes to celebrate their feminine sexuality. I think after this show, more and more trends will pay odes to a by-gone era when women actually dressed in floral dresses and sleek feminine cuts. It will be a very exciting time for me indeed, lol. Well, can’t wait to see what comes in the market. Happy Shopping!