7 Bizarre Yet Beautiful Collections Spotted At Paris Couture Week 2019

Rashmi Bhosale , 12 Jul 2019

Like this gif, not everyone gets couture fashion! Couture was essentially a made-to-measure garment according to client preferences but has now grown beyond that spectrum. It’s currently a form of art and exploration. Haute couture garments have now become canvases for different ideas and expressions. The culmination of it all is the Paris Couture Week. In the fall 2019 couture, we saw some spectacular collections. Here are some that piqued our curiosity and enhanced our imagination:

1. Schiaparelli

From a coiled embellished snake-like neckline to lizard earrings to dreamlike clouds following the dress, creative director of Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry had a very unique story to tell. The making of this billowy finale dress shows us the painstaking hours spent behind each ensemble and the attention to detail.

2. Iris van Herpen

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The spherical ‘Omniverse’ sculpture, made by the extraordinary sculptor Anthony Howe, created meditative movement on the runway of the new ‘Hypnosis’ collection, encircling a state of hypnosis. Expressing a universal life cycle, it explores our relationship with nature and intertwines with infinite expansion and contraction. We are deeply thankful to have collaborated with Anthony Howe for the past five months on both the ‘Omniverse’ sculpture and the ‘Infinity’ finale dress. The dress comes alive on the breath of a finely balanced mechanism. ∞ Special thanks to collaborating artist: @anthony.howe.art Collaborating artist: @philip.beesley Video shots by @voguearabia and @wwd Styling: @patti_wilson Music direction: @sssalvadorrr Models: @rebekkame @sashakrvsh Casting: Maida Gregory Boina, @maximevalentini & @caromauger Make up: @silbruinsma1 & the @maccosmeticsfrance PRO Team Hair: @martincullen65 for @streetersldn ∞ #irisvanherpen #hypnosiscouture #parisfashionweek

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It’s always couture when it comes to Iris van Herpen! This time she collaborated with an American kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe. His spherical Omniverse sculpture that took centre-stage in her show is powered by wind. Inspired by this kinetic wind energy, Iris constructed her whole line of whimsical ensembles. The finale dress was inspired by the sculpture a lot as it showcased rotating wings.

3. Givenchy

The feather features were maxed out at Givenchy‘s couture collection called the ‘Noblesse Radicale’ designed by Clare Waight Keller. All the outfits had an airy feel to them yet managed to make a theatrical impact.

4. Ronald van der Kemp

What was so unique about Ronald van der Kemp‘s couture collection? Well, of course, the things that set his label apart from the very beginning. Upcycling is the way forward and as a label, RVDK is already on it. Reviving vintage textiles and showcasing them in a new and modern style is his way of being sustainable couture.

5. Jean Paul Gaultier

Always trust Jean Paul Gaultier to present to you a whimsical fantasy that only he can provide. His out-of-the-box thinking always delivers and this time it did just that with a bang. The 1400s hennin is brought back by JPG in the form of a tiered bridal gown that glows in the dark. Now, how can you top that?

6. Viktor & Rolf

While we’re still talking about (and sharing memes about) their last season’s collection Fashion Statements, Viktor Horsting, and Rolf Snoeren give us the collection, Spiritual Glamour, this couture week. They collaborated for the first time with Claudy Jongstra who has developed her own textiles through her research and development process. These formed the base for the extravagant silhouettes by Viktor & Rolf.

7. Guo Pei

Chinese couturier Guo Pei believes in the theatrics of the textile an haute couture garment provides. In her ‘Alternate Universe’, groundbreaking is a cliche it seems. Her collection opened with a very unique dress, which had the Marie Antoinette pannier skirt but inhibited two people, like conjoint twins whose lives are entwined. The darkness of death loomed through textures, colours and even use of crows as a major motif.

Which one of these collections showcased at Paris Couture Week was your favourite one? Let us know in the comments below.

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