See all the action from the Spring 2020 Haute Couture shows in Paris.
There is nothing quite as whimsical as Haute Couture Week, where frothy, frilly and generally extravagant gowns make you dream of being a real life princess.
Of course, this season was a bit different, with shows going virtual in the wake of the global pandemic, but they were dreamy nonetheless.
Design houses such as Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel and Valentino stepped up to the challenge, and what gorgeous creations they came up with.
Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior created a travelling trunk in the effigy of its Avenue Montaigne home, filled with miniature gowns inspired by fairytale characters, including mermaids and fairies. The dresses themselves were a captivating mix of tulle, silk and pearls.
Over at Chanel, Virgini Viard’s AW21 Haute Couture collection was all taffeta skirts, velvet or feather-adorned tweed dresses inspired by ‘the grace of 19th century heroines’. A particular highlight was this embellished corsage dress.
Over at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccoli invited us to ‘dream with open eyes’, with his new collection telling us ‘a dream solidifies to turn immediately back into a dream: a possible one, made real by the digital in dialogue with the human’.
His collection of white ballgowns was as minimalist as can be, signifying the purity of a fresh start, a blank canvas and an infinite amount of possibilities. Fear not though, there was still couture-esque details such as balloon sleeves and feathers.
Ralph & Russo’s digital only show (with an avatar muse instead of models) this ‘season encourages us all to take refuge during this difficult time in the world of fantasy’. Bold, colourful and dreamy.
Balmain celebrated togetherness by sending a boat down the Seine, filled with models in extravagant designs the whole Parisian crowd (and Instagram) could enjoy.
Dyed silk, crystals, gold details and overblown silhouettes all featured in the stunning sketches for Schiaparelli’s autumn/winter 20/21 couture collection.
There is no doubt this was a different experience for the shows, but one that opened them to a much bigger audience. We can’t wait to see what the next round of fashion weeks brings.