In anticipation of attending the Ready to Wear shows in Paris in a few weeks, I’ve been eagerly watching the Couture Collections. It was a wonderful upbeat season, filled with bold colours, beautiful silhouettes, and exquisite details. Since it’s so close to the Oscars, I can’t help but think which one of these gowns we’ll see on the red carpet. Not to mention all the stunning pant suit strutting down the runway.
The Parisian streets outside the shows were snowy, but inside it was warm and welcoming. Chanel’s sunny Italian Villa, Dior’s Circus and Valentino in Bloom, here are the most memorable moments from Spring Summer Couture 2019 collections.Chanel
Designer: Karl Lagerfeld, who didn’t attend the show for the first time since 1983. Virginie Viard, director of Chanel’s creative studio took the finale bow.
Location: The Grand Palais, transformed into a Mediterranean paradise. A wonderful warm atmosphere was created with an Italian villa overlooking a pool, complete with real grass, palm and orange trees. The scene was framed by the high walls of the set, painted with a beautiful sky.
The Look: 18th century silhouettes meets the 80s glam. Gorgeous gowns and striking pant suits were showcased in sugary shades of pink, icy blue, lilac and pistachio. One of the key necklines was a bateau, with interesting takes on revers-only lapels. Each model wore ankle boot pointy toes in pink, white and black.
31 rue Cambon: Every piece of Chanel couture is hand made at the famous 31 rue Cambon in Paris, Chanel’s home since 1918. The building houses Lagerfeld’s studio along with Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. Dior
Designer: Maria Grazia Chiuri
Location: A Big Top Style tent was set up in the Rodin Museum Gardens. Inside the tent were hundreds of vintage lightbulbs, lighting up the runway.
The Look: ‘Dior Circus’ Comes To Town.’ Dior delivered a playful couture show filled with whimsical circus themes. Ring master style brocade jackets, ruffle collars and colourful stripes were all on display, accessorized with tightrope walkers slippers and close fitting headpieces. Mr Dior enjoyed going to the Cirque d’Hiver, which is where Richard Avedon captured his his famous photo, Dovima and the Elephants.
Favourite Moment: While the models walked the runway, a troupe of acrobats from an all-female circus company performed. Balancing one on top of the other, expressing the idea of women standing on each other’s shoulders as a means of support. ‘We Are All Feminists’ is a theme we often see in Chiuri’s collections.Valentino
Designer: Pierpaolo Piccioli
The Look: Dramatic silhouette gowns in statement colours floated down the runway on a incredibly diverse cast of models. To illustrate how colour works on different skin tones, Piccioli picked an array of women to wear his creations, including supermodels Liya Kebede and Naomi Campbell.
Beauty: Pat Mcgrath applied delicate feather lashes to some of the models to create beautiful butterfly eyes. Other models faces were painted with pastel flowers completed with a dusty of shimmer.
Favourite Moment: Céline Dion was in the front row crying tear of joy after seeing the incredible collection.
Images courtesy of each brand