Best shows from PFW FW17 Day 6: Céline and Valentino
It may be another wet and gloomy day in Paris, but the runway action was on fire. Phoebe Philo at Céline had the guests spinning in circles over her minimalist masterpieces, hosting the audience on moving carousel seats; whilst Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled an emotional offering, showing a darkly romantic procession of pleated and paneled dresses. And, in a Buro 24/7 Singapore exclusive, we chat with Buro 24/7 founder Miroslava Duma about her thoughts on the Valentino show. Listen in as you scroll through the gallery of runway images below.
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CÉLINE: FASHION CAROUSEL
Designer: Phoebe Philo
Synopsis: To quote a fellow Australian, Kylie Minogue: "I'm spinning around, move out of my way, I know you're feeling me 'cos you like it like this." And we didn't just like it, we loved it. That song lyric might sound random, but with the audience seated on tiered pyramids that rotated (yes, the entire seating pyramid actually rotated) during the fashion show held in the Paris Tennis Club, the guests were going in circles (literally and metaphorically) over Phoebe Philo's latest collection. Weaving in and around the spinning seating were models decked out in minimalist masterpieces that ranged from long billowing trench coats in black and ecru; blown up baroque prints on body-con tops and trousers; a black dress styled with a contrast top tied around the waist (flashback to Alexis Mabille); and the odd green and black blanket draped over the forearm.
VALENTINO: RUMINANT ROMANTICISM
Designer: Pierpaolo Piccioli
Synopsis: "It was such an emotional show," shared Miroslava Duma when I saw her after the show, "I was almost crying." True to form, Pierpaolo again delivered a stirring collection steeped in ruminant romanticism. His show notes defined romanticism as "a way of acting that favors instinct and sentiment, diversity and emotion," and as a corollary, unveiled ethereal gowns in tulle and lace characterised by large contrast pleating and paneling alongside pink coats and black leather plissé dresses. Models sported oxblood red lips to complement the maison's iconic Roman gladiator leather dresses, whilst bright and graphic prints courtesy of Nathalie du Pasquier — featuring raised arms and hands showing a thumbs ups — punctuated colour-blocked frocks and a luxurious intarsia fur coat.
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