The creations get even crazier in Part 2…
A secret garden sometime in the future. Bursting with life and strangely enough, huge Edwardian hats, sheer evening gloves, veiled beanies, tweed exposing bare midriffs, ankle socks and exquisite, painstaking craftsmanship. I didn’t want to leave this world. The fringing on the revamped classic tweed suits (inner smile). The magnificent floral embellishments. The train on the wedding dress took fifteen girls one month to create. It literally necessitates going and lying down in a dark room to sob (happy tears though).
I’ll stick my neck out and say that Valentino was hands down the most breathtaking show of Couture Week. Abstract fantasies were translated in each gown (each one pushing the limits of embroidery and outdoing the previous one). The fact that the looks were influenced by Shakespeare and one of my favourite painters, Marc Chagall meant complete romantic overload. There were distinct Russian overtones weaved throughout the collection – pinafores and smocked shirts, sometimes less was more.
Jean Paul Gaultier
JPG decided to stop doing ready to wear last season and concentrate on Couture, which made sense which means that he can focus on designing fantastical creations such as these. His signature twists to classic pieces were out in force, I especially loved the ball gown with the jeans waistband, complete with opera gloves, and anyone who does sheer trousers is a genius in my book. Lindsey Wixson in a powder blue dungaree gown with a beehive on her head was inspired. And rocking out Naomi as some sort of wood nymph complete with flora and fauna was a masterstroke. Bravo!
Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf are always pushing couture creativity to the max, last season they sent their models down the catwalk actually wearing the red carpet, and Spring 2015 couture saw a crazy combination of florals and straw ensuring that their show was the most unforgettable of them all. The floral creations that billowed up and out supported by headgear were sublime, as well as the millefeuille under brightly coloured batik baby doll dresses. With so much going on above the knees, flip flops were the only sensible footwear option. I want to live in their world.