SCHIAPARELLI HAUTE COUTURE FALL-WINTER 2015 PARIS
By Crash redaction
The myth of Schiaparelli Haute Couture
There is no need to remind who was Elsa Schiaparelli. The Italian-born designer and visionary made a splash at the beginning of the 20th century when she launched a line of trompe-l’oeil knitwear, which then led to successful collections created in collaboration with great surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí or Jean Cocteau. Mixing incredible technical skills with a unique sense of style and spirit, she defined the aesthetic of a century, and her archives remain some of the most iconic pieces of today’s fashion heritage. In 2012, the sleeping House was resuscitated with great pomp with the main objective of perpetuating Elsa’s Schiaparelli’s strong heritage. Recently, French designer Bertrand Guyon has been named Director of Style of the House. Today was his first collection for Schiaparelli. This Haute Couture collection resonates like a true hommage to Elsa Schiaparelli’s work: playing with the staples of the House – rich embroideries and patterns, trompe-l’oeil, textured fabrics, symbolism – Guyon shows he is in total continuation with the history of the House. Accents of modernity are spread across the collection: a textured biker jacket is worn over a sheer tulle dress, while flower embroideries lighten up a plongeant V-neck black velvet dress. Witty and impactful, Guyon shows a successful collection that will lead to a long-lasting collaboration with Schiaparelli.
Photo credits: Elise Toïdé for Crash