The Parisian fashion rendezvous has just begun with Christian Dior, Giambatista Valli and Atelier Versace!
Text: Christina Zikou
Hôtel des Invalides welcomed the second haute couture collection created by Raf Simons for Christian Dior on Monday. The contemporary Dior woman was set against the backdrop especially masterminded by four legendary photographers – Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Willy Vanderperre and Terry Richardson- and brought to life full of freedom. Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa blended with diversity, modernism, dynamics, vibrant colors, meticulous beadwork, and stripes to stress the truly overwhelming essence of couture, seen through the eyes of Mr. Simons.
For his fifth couture show, Giambatista Valli showcased his structured, superlight, porcelain vision within a statuesque scenery dominated by flowers and colors. Capodimonte white, dainty blue and white of Wedgwood, sanguine red Sèvres and multicolor Meissen-inspired embroideries met molded shapes, flowing gowns. Gunmetal belts and narrow tiaras made especially for the collection by the Roman jeweler Luigi Scialanga completed the dreamy, neo-classic setting of modern ballerinas.
Donatella Versace has chosen one of Gianni’s most beloved models to open and close the couture show. Supermodel Naomi Campbell set the tones for a conceal-and-reveal show inspired by the perfection, glamour and elegance of the black-and-white era of photographs and movies, with its light and shadow. Lace, wine red crocodile and sky blue fur accompanied the bling of Versace high jewelry collection for a body-conscious, peekaboo allure.
Photos via style.com / Cover photo via Vogue Italia