Review: Paris Fall 2015 Couture

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The Fall 2015 Couture shows just finished up in Paris on Thursday, so after a quick Eiffel Tower picture here, a Karl Lagerfeld quote there, and in the case of this year’s shows, a casino night, there’s finally a chance to sit down and wrap up the week for ourselves:

Starstruck:  Zuhair Murad found stars atop every model’s head, in a headband paired with a shimmering, complimentary gown. The stars found their way onto the dresses and most repeatedly onto the small belt around the waist that featured several of the silver spectacles in the front. Oh, but the stars weren’t just on the clothes, as Gwenyth Paltrow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Julianne Moore had seats in the front row. Gwenyth in Valentino red, Rosie in cutouts at Versace and Julianne at the casino table of Chanel.

Master of the Arts: There were plenty of graphics—sure, the models wore the designs, but the designs took the spotlight on statement skirts and dresses. In Viktor and Rolf, their pieces resembled the wallpaper and molding of a living room and the portraits inside a frame. Schiaparelli also used faces and eyes on its designs.

Damsel in Distress:  Valentino took a holiday, treating its guests to a fashion show in Rome. And Rome they embraced, looking just like royalty. Those knee-high gladiator sandals that continue to pop up? Valentino made sure they’re here to stay—complimenting black, soldier-like designs with the strappy shoes. And they embraced the darkness, contributing mystery and elegance to the the longer, sheer designs, just like Versace, who went from the flowing damsel to stark gloom. Sharper necklines and chokers contrasted the sparkling, demure gowns.

Tarred and Feathered: Giambattista Valli went with feathers or tulle on almost every piece of the 2015 Haute Couture collection. But the real commitment to furs, that awards goes to Fendi. Every model was bundled up in furs, taking on Cruella de Vil in some designs and Black Swan in others. And don’t forget about Kendall Jenner’s finale walk down the aisle—or runway—in bridal tulle as designed by Karl Lagerfield of Chanel.

It’s Electric: Blue, pink, or red, it had to pop, and pop it did, in pantsuits, on shoes and with face paint. Maison Margiela did it all, featuring the blue in eye makeup, shawls and shoes. Valentino matched Paltrow in the front row to the runway in a pop of red in the middle of the show. Armani Prive used consistent color, beginning the show with a hot pink jacket complimented by the pink lighting in the background. He finished it in similar fashion, with a shimmering gown of blues, pinks and purples.



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