Paris Couture Fashion Week always makes people fall in love with exclusive designs. Although the city of Paris is in winter now, couture’s lovers are immersing in sweet Spring dreams with the latest collection of fashion houses. For this season, designers still emphasized the feminity and natural beauty of women. From Chanel, Georges Hobeika to Alexandre Vauthier, haute couture designers graced the runway with breathtaking dresses. Mess Magazine will review 6 outstanding shows at the SS18 Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Chanel’s collection resonates us with a fresh and retro- style elegance. The Grand Palais had been transformed into a classic French garden with a bubbling fountain, sandy paths, and succulent roses. The Chanel’s garden was in full bloom when the model wore a bouquet-topped veil and had glossy raspberry lips. Chanel presented simple silhouettes with many drop-waist dresses. Classical Chanel tweeds were recreated in longer length jackets over mini-skirts. Most dresses of the collection were in shades of pastel color and it makes the look is as sweet as candy. More half of the model cat-walked with their hand inside pockets on the dresses. Some of them also wore black gloves. The pocket is not a traditional feature on womenswear; therefore; it created the unique and modern for each design. Besides, Lucite-heeled boots with intricate floral surrounding were spotted on the runway. Their colors match with the dresses and floral-veils of models.
2. Georges Hobeika
Georges Hobeika took fashionistas with him on the journey to Ancient Greece. Ancient Greeks always had a mysterious attraction to humans. This collection presented the richness of Greek culture and the diversity of its heritage. Georges Hobeika used main fabrics such as chiffon and silk charmeuse to demonstrate the luxurious, gentle, pure beauty in the golden era. The colors and tones of each design remind us of ancient ceramics, bronze, and marble. Besides, patterns of looks were made in detail with the image of symbols of ancient times such as plants, the sun. Each model also wore striking earrings, diadems, and gilded bracelets. It created the delicate combination of the sheer and the heavy jewelry. The noticeable feature in this collection is leg stockings which had the matching color with dresses. Whoever wears Hobeika’s designs will have the feeling of being an ancient queen – a noble queen has seduction and purity.
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3. Elie Saab
Elie Saab kicked off the runway of Haute Couture Fashion Week with Paris est une féte (Paris is a party)- the name of the collection. The city of Paris and the elegance with seductive of Parisian women in the 1920s were reimagined in 2018 with contemporary and sophisticated designs. Models wearing sparkling cloche hats evoked us the style of Josephine Baker and Louise Brooks – two influencers contributed to the avant-garde period of Paris. Art Deco was applied to each look, which means you can envision the architecture, wallpaper, vintage fabrics that inspired them. The outstanding features of Art Deco arrangement are heavily encrusted with beads, sequins and stones, the bold geometric shapes and floral swirls. Like the name of the collection (Paris is a party), the designer worked a palette of the era’s Champagne range, with pale gold and dusty pink, silvery blue and black. Additionally, bouncing tufts of ostrich feathers adorned wrists, shoulders or hems to emphasize the elegance of looks. Jewelry is the must-have items in haute couture designs. Rhinestones were used for rings, belts, and earrings by linking smaller stoners together.
4. Ralph & Russo
Taking the inspiration from the East and interpreting “the femininity of the girls there and how elegant they are”, Ralph & Russo Spring/ Summer 2018 couture demonstrated the resonance between traditional Asian adornment and punctuated by imperial red silk crêpe, acid green gazar, and canary yellow silk satin. From 1940s cocktail dress to traditional Chinese silhouettes were spotted on the runway. Looks impressed with hand-painted motifs, lashings of ostrich feather and clusters of pearls and crystals. Designs made fashionistas immerse in the fairytale with mint organza, organza petals, blush pink silk gazar and ice blue Chantilly lace, and bombshell gowns in black velvet and metallic satin. The mix of clusters of pearls and crystals and metallic satin caught all the light of the runway on looks and created the overwhelming effect for the collection. Moreover, Chiffon, ostrich feather, velvet and sheer tulle are main materials for sewing incredible dresses. Ralph & Russo concentrated on the fabrics and patterns behind the dressed instead of focusing too much on jewelry and accessories.
5. Galia Lahav
The fashion house Galia Lahav is known for bridal and evening couture designs. She brought the latest collection to Spring Couture Fashion Week 2018 in Paris. The collection of Galia Lahav empowers the female body with delicate cutouts on designs. Slits were bisected from shoulder to navel. They presented the classical and elegant beauty of women in a contemporary society. In addition, the length of dresses was shortened to show the beautiful leg of the women. If other haute couture designers selected pastel and bright colors, Galia Lahav chose dark colors are the main concept. Most of the designs were made of printed metallic silk lame, satin and jersey. Besides, rhinestone bands decorated edges and added to the shimmer. In the limelight, fashionistas could not take their eyes off the sparkle of rhinestone on dresses.
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Alexandre Vauthier created glamorous moments that evoked the 80’s nightlife in London nightclub in his collection. 80’s vibes are shown through not only neon lights on the runway but also unique designs. This collection resonated us about Yves Saint Laurent’s style with the strong shoulder or the breast-baring tuxedo with the sheer band. Classical Vauthier’s designs are high-waisted voluminous pants and Cossack-style bottoms with slinky crystallized jersey dresses. Furthermore, boots were the mixture of holographic and pirate-style wrapped in plumetis. They took the distinctive details of the couture collection. Vauthier also focused on accessories which came with the costumes. The show marked the collaboration between Alexandre Vauthier and Alain Mikli – the French eyewear brand with unique designs and exclusive colors. The designers completed the confident personalities of modern women who are both sensual and powerful with special eyewear.