Schiaparelli: 1940s glamour
Bertrand Guyon's debut collection was true to the decadence and grandeur of the renowned fashion house. Having worked for Valentino (with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli) and Christian Lacroix, Guyon revived the brand with a collection of tailored suits, flowing evening gowns executed to precision with exquisite fabrications, and exaggerated yet feminine shapes. Colours were at its best ranging from ruby reds to the house's signature hue— shocking pink.
Dior: Pure enchantment
The purple AstroTurf carpet and hand-painted glass panels at the Musée Rodin served as the breathtaking backdrop for Dior's Fall 2015 haute couture show. Inspired by Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, the historically-inspired collection saw flowing silk gowns in its purest forms, coats clutched instead of buttoned, and tulip skirts flared to its fullest. But the stand-out masterpieces lay in the details such as the one-armed fur sleeve cloaks, medieval chain mail gilets layered over dresses and the platform gladiator-ish sandals.
Giambattista Valli: Eccentric elegance
Giambattista Valli was clearly unabashedly lavish with his decorations this Fall 2015. Feathers, tulles, ruffles, embroidery and embellishments were worked to its finest intricacy on modern and youthful silhouettes. While the opulent details on each look received its deserved attention, it was the oversized accessories — statement earrings and rimless sunglasses — that stole the limelight; along with the ruffled tulle voluminous gowns that took six and more people to hold up before they took to the runway.
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