SS18 Paris Couture Week: Schiaparelli channels the 1930s

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  • Saturday, 27 Jan 2018

The designs were an evocation of an imaginary voyage.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The age-old maison evoked the romantic nostalgia of late founder Elsa Schiaparelli and the 1930s heyday, while cinched waists plus ribboned espadrilles added touches of 50s style.

Design director Bertrand Guyon was mainly on form this season – using rolling, layered pleats to evoke the 30s in a rose gold hand-painted silk chiffon gown.

Its shoulders were lobbed off in a stylish contemporary touch. A midnight blue dress evoked a slinky quality, produced by the weight of embroidered crystals on soft chiffon fabric.

Elsewhere, fun post-war details were referenced as coarse raffia fringing jazzing up a multicolored banana tree fibre gown, and the house’s signature surrealist insect motifs infested a 50s white faux-leather jacket.

Sometimes, designs were a tad heavy-handed. But the piece de resistance, a black gown with a dramatic full skirt, fluttered by literally and figuratively with all-encompassing silver gilt butterflies. – AP

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