There’s no doubt about it: the on-going public health crisis has thrown a spanner in fashion weeks around the world, forcing the entire industry to rethink the very concept of what it means to ‘show’ a new collection to an audience and whether then fanfare that had surrounded fashion weeks of the past is really necessary.
Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off yesterday in the form of a virtual showcase and, naturally, the approach to ‘showing’ the Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 couture collections was very different from years past.
From a CGI model posing amidst The Seven Wonders of The World to doll-sized couture dresses being presented to mythical creators in a dreamy wonderland, Bazaar shares a list of our favourite moments from Paris Haute Couture Week, Day One.
Naomi Campbell Opens Paris Haute Couture Week.
The British supermodel opened the fashion week by sharing a powerful message about inclusivity on IGTV, setting the done for the days to come.
Dior Welcomes Us Into Two Very Different (Yet Equally Mythical) Wonderlands.
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Captured in a suitably Surrealist reimagining of the staircase at 30 Avenue Montaigne by @BrigitteNiedermairStudio, two miniature evening looks from the Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Haute Couture by @MariaGraziaChiuri highlight the remarkable work of the atelier flou where combinations of dramatically architectural volumes and elaborate embellishments, such as specially created tinted guipure lace, are rendered light as air. #DiorCouture
Dior's creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, paid homage to the resilient spirit of Dior's founding after World War II, by creating miniature gowns and showcasing them within a short fashion film by Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.
Georges Hobeika Celebrated The Glamour Arab Women Are Known For...
The Lebanese designer offered brides-to-be something to dream about, as he featured plenty of intricately embellished tops and bold silhouettes within the new collection.
...While Ralph & Russo Created A CGI Model, Who Traveled The World In Couture...
When quarantine struck creative director Tamara Ralph missed travelling so much that she created a dreamlike collection in reference to the Seven Wonders of the World. Featuring CGI model Hauli, the new haute couture collection was showcased everywhere from The Great Wall of China to Machu Picchu.
While Balmain Gave The City of Lights A Spectacular Show…
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What an incredible feeling it was to see everyone who came to support #BalmainSurSeine. Paris, we are stronger than ever together. It was very important to make this accessible to all. Thank you to all the incredible people involved, including @olivier_rousteing, the models, the dancers, the amazing @yseult___ and special thanks to @jcjousni all the teams on board. WE ARE #BALMAINENSEMBLE
The French fashion house, Balmain, celebrated the end of Paris' lockdown with a riverside performance.
…And Giambattista Valli Revealed The Most Exquisite Collection of Couture Dress.
The new haute couture collection by the Italian designer took our breath away, as it was brought to life by supermodel Joan Smalls.
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