The set may have been a celebrity studded roulette table in a 1930s-style casino, but Karl Lagerfeld’s eye was on the future. He remade the iconic quilted Chanel jacket with a ‘Selective Laser Sintering’ machine – spun from powder and zapped by a laser, it apparently comes out of said machine in complete 3D form. Any couture client wishing to buy said piece would have their body scanned, making this truly 21st century couture!
Such is the power of Valentino’s designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri to make painstakingly crafted couture look effortlessly beautiful. They used the word ‘Grace’ to describe their latest Rome-inspired collection – perfectly summed up by this black velvet dress.
The Dior set was a giant perspex cube hand-painted in a blur of impressionist blues, greens and lilac. It was artistic director Raf Simons’ take on Heironymous Bosch’s triptych of the Garden of Earthly Delights. Come again? Purity versus luxury, innocence versus decadence, he explained, and a romp through art history. The result? This full-skirted dress in the manner of Claude Monet’s Pointillist period meets Christian Dior’s New Look (as in 1947)..
Someone’s got to give good fantasy fairytale gown, (this is haute couture after all) and nobody delivered it quite like this tsunami of tulle, thank you Mr Valli.
Nobody understands the power of deconstruction quite like John Galliano. And Maison Margiela’s Artisanal collection is based around the idea of repurposing used clothing and bringing them back to life in unexpected ways. Hence Galliano’s distressed tapestry, potato sacks and shattered mirrors all making an entrance, along with this ‘peeling’ Chinese silk dress.
Well, who else would dream up Medieval festival girls in boned corset dresses? Few could make rigid boning look lighter or more sylphlike. But this being Versace, she went on to add a superbod or six. Et Voila, Karlie + corset + chiffon = Sexbomb
Well, if you’re paying that much for your couture, it might as well be a piece of art. This was Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s take on ‘Wearable Art’, complete with hinged frames and portrait collars. Conceptual couture at its finest.
If you’re going to do old school glamour, could second-skin slinky Armani sequins work for you? Yes please. It’s the rock pool green descending into the deepest most plunge-worthy oceanic blue that does it.
Well, if you’re going to do a couture jumpsuit might as well make it in gold lace. The Lebanese couturier, Saab, is your go-to man for floor-sweeping glamour gowns in varying degrees of embroidery, sequin and/or crystal encrusted lace. This must surely be the world’s most glamorous all-in-one?
No big frothy fairytale number here. Instead, Kendall Jenner in a trouser suit provided Chanel’s final global advertising push (with 1,054,514 likes on her Instagram alone). And surely the most elegant way to make a political point in light of the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of same sex marriage.