LIGHTS, CAMERAS, DRAMA
Anna Coogan celebrates the dazzling theatre of Paris haute couture week
Haute couture easily translates into hard-to-wear and even more so than car-to-bar clothes. Yet, if you've an ounce of drama in you, what's not to love about the theatrical designs which graced the catwalks this week at Paris Haute Couture Week?
Versace opened the shows by sending Naomi Campbell out in a bodysuit, guaranteeing Donatella Versace loads of photo coverage. Campbell hasn't walked a runway since reportedly being attacked in Paris in January.
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen used 3D printing and laser cutting to create her fashions, resulting in shell-like structures that engulfed the upper body and looked like walking sculptures.
Karl Lagerfeld debuted his Chanel Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection at the Grand Palais, and gave us tweed with a futuristic twist.
Giorgio Armani delivered Monacan glamour by sending out a troupe of models resembling 1930s' Hollywood screen goddesses in luxe light dresses and trouser suits wrapped in pearls.
Designer Raf Simons' latest collection for Dior was reportedly inspired by "women from different continents and cultures who wear couture".
Christian Lacroix took the helms of Schiaparelli Haute Couture with its "out-of-the-box aesthetic" and topped his models off with fuchsia pompoms, crustacean fascinators, and triangular caps. French designer Alexis Mabille gave us exquisitely romantic gowns. Italian designer Giambattista Valli sent out an array of beautifully constructed dresses adorned with a variety of floral appliques.
Lebanese Elie Saab possibly gave us the one collection which could actually be worn, provided of course you have a red carpet occasion to go to.
Jean Paul Gaultier was on form with a feisty couture collection inspired by the female panther and which used feathers instead of fur to resemble animal skin.
Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli pulled off an eccentric and imaginative show for Valentino, blending oriental motifs and arabesque patterns fused with Scottish herringbone tweeds.
Brazilian designer Gustavo Lins' signature kimono influence came through in his reserved ensembles featuring lambskin bustiers and cropped lambskin harem trousers.
Haute couture is clothes as theatre – and the catwalks of Paris packed a punch this week.