‘’I imagined the show as the famous surrealist diner-de-tête Rothschild at the Château de Ferrières in 1972’’, Alexandre Vauthier explained backstage before his latest Haute Couture show. ‘’It’s almost a story of personnages. Women have very diverse horizons and their uniqueness is what constantly inspires me’’. He worked on a rather extensive variety of shapes
Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp imbued his upcycled collection with a full-on dose of glamour this season, by focusing on tailoring and a comparatively cleaner aesthetic made for a fresh perspective on stylized glam. ©Ronald van der Kemp
‘’The great couturiers had no themes to follow. They created with freedom’’, said Pierpaolo Piccioli of his inspirations for the Valentino Haute Couture’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. ‘’In this collection, I tried to work on a couture of the unconscious…I wanted to underline the idea of uniqueness. On the other hand, as Carl Jung said: ‘Uniqueness
In homage to a decade of design, the Spring/Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection presents a youthful and modern interpretation of Ralph & Russo couture icons. With a special focus on ten treasured looks, this season takes inspiration from the brand archive and simultaneously reimagines each piece with contemporary flair. ©Ralph & Russo
It’s at the Petit Palais museum that designer Giorgio Armani brightened Paris with his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Here was an ode to ikat, the Indonesian dyeing technique, whose dense, rich patterns seemed to inspire the Italian designer. Armani went for bold, not always harmonious pattern and color mixes, which felt new for him.
Gardens as metaphors. Signposts and signals for lives lived, friendships nurtured, seasons passed. From the walled ‘rooms’ of Sissinghurst to the orchards of Monk’s House and Hubert de Givenchy’s Clos Fiorentina, Clare Waight Keller considers gardens as a tapestry of time and circumstance – a timeless reprise for the Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 collection.
Created by Azzaro’s atelier, the Spring/Summer 2020 collection was inspired by the house’s past, ‘’all the sensual and daring attitude…with a futuristic feeling’’, said Gabriel de Linage, the brand’s chief executive officer. Silhouettes ranged from long to short, body-hugging to billowy, with a plethora of dresses. ©Azzaro
Chinese couturier Guo Pei sought to describe her Shangri-La in a high-fantasy collection for Spring/Summer 2020, full of fantasy silhouettes redolent of Asian mythologies, inspired by the Himalayas, symbol of elevation, a sacred destination within one’s mind. ©Guo Pei
Virginie Viard presented her second Haute Couture collection, for Spring/Summer 2020, for Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris, as usual. This time, the Grand Palais morphed into a replica of the late designer’s childhood convent school at Cistercian Abbey of Aubazine, where Coco Chanel spent part of her childhood at an orphanage. The theme
For the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 collection, titled ‘’Sensory Seas’’, Iris van Herpen brang her scientific fascinations up, by exploring the branching forms of dendrites and deep-sea hydrozoa organisms, their natural and varied states of movement. ”I was mesmerized with the way art and science merged the Spanish neuroscientist and pathologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s