Chanel: City of dreams
Karl Lagerfeld's infatuation with the golden era of casinos is no secret — just check out his short film, The Tale of a Fairy — and the conceptual genius that is the Kaiser infallibly guarantees a showstopper that manifests in the setting as well as the clothes. A salute to the glitz and glamour of the casino heydays, the Monte Carlo-esque setup was complete with roulette tables and croupiers, with Kristen Stewart, G Dragon, Rita Ora and Lily Collins perched at the tables, providing a star-studded backdrop for the models on the trot. The clothes were an embellished, ruffled and cascading affair in creams and blacks ideal for the après-dîner social activity at its most decadent. The clincher? Kendall Jenner closing the show in a cream double-breasted pantsuit combo complete with a flowing veil and the signature camellia on the lapel; a haute reference to the good ol' impetuous days in the State of Nevada.
Yiqing Yin: Sheer and slinky
Sheer panelling and slinky silhouettes were the hallmark of Parisienne Yiqing Yin's couture collection, and laidback forms of draping robes and flowing trousers moved down the runway with ease. A subversive collection in contrast to the decadent abundace usually associated with the haute couture scene, Yin's offering is an amalgamation of risqué dresses with pleated folds, gauze-y belted throwovers peperred with iridescent sequins and luxurious netting; a fine fusion of the rigourous craftsmanship of the past and the bold slant of the present. Sheer brilliance.
Giorgio Armani Privé: Birds of Paradise
The fantastical blend of hues at Giorgio Armani Privé is reminiscent of the tropical Birds of Paradise, lending their plumage to the feathered brilliance that showed up in various forms (coats, dresses and jumper tunics). A true couturier's fare, razor-sharp tailored jackets with power shoulders were elevated by intricate Swarovski crystal embellishments and detailing that reflected the collection's scarlet thread of tonal gradiation. Front-rowers John Legend, Chrissy Teigan and Naomi Watts were privvy to the shimmery, metallic elegance that flowed down the runway in snyc with the vibrant light veil projected on the runway backdrop that echoed the season's colour scheme.
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