After almost two years of canceled events due to the pandemic, Haute Couture Week was long awaited. For designers and fashionistas alike, this Fashion Week was an exciting one. Here are some of our best picks from this season’s couture shows.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, designer and founder of Pyer Moss, hosted the brand’s first couture show and made headlines. Not only was he the first Black designer to show at Couture Week, but he presented over-the-top looks inspired by Black inventors that defined a new era of couture fashion.
One piece that turned heads on the runway was Kerby’s Typewriter look. It was notably chic and adorned with a belt made of typewriter keys, and featured a cloak-like skirt made of layered printer paper. Also notable was the corresponding nail look (sponsored by yours truly, Emilie Heathe), which featured actual typewriter keys. Talk about detail!
Virginie Viard, creative director and head designer of Chanel, created a line of garments that were reminiscent of classic Chanel collections from years past, but with a modern twist.
This look, inspired by Chanel’s timeless tweeds, features bright pops of colors and interesting fabric juxtapositions. The boxy shapes of the brightly colored jacket and striped, tiered skirt made for quite the 1920’s-esque ensemble, and the closed-toed pumps finished the look in an effortlessly-chic manner.
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Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino created his bold ensembles featuring a vibrant colors and luxe fabrications. The rich display of hues and adornments in mostly monochrome silhouettes made for a collection like no other. This lime green statement gown struck the perfect balance between traditional and modern, with a classic silhouette, atypical color choice, and asymmetrical detailing.
Balenciaga’s couture show, held in their original atelier, was a tribute to the classic aesthetics and feel of the brand. Demna Gvsalia designed looks that were an elegant balance of timeless fashion and streetwear staples.
This sharp, all black ensemble mixed casual with high fashion, but the snakeskin skirt, the structured sweater, and dome-like head piece showcased the stand-out couture DNA of the brand.
Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga