Hot (or haute) on the heels of Men’s Fashion Week was the Women’s Fall 2017 Haute Couture Fashion Week, which was held this past week in Paris.
Haute Week is like the crème brûlée dessert, as compared to the other year-round shows, which are more like dinner or an appetizer. That is to say: it’s what everyone waits for. And the Women’s Fall 2017 shows were a veritable array of sweet treats to be devoured.
From Dior, long, grey overcoats and jackets with hats were worn by models. Black and grey eveningwear popped up, as did full black, leather suits. Business suits were accompanied by gloves, hats, and loafers.
Suffice to say, grey and black are Dior’s colors for fall.
Another quintessential French fashion house, Chanel, also favored heavy coats and jackets (the piece for which Chanel is most known), along with hats. Greys and blacks and navys were all over the runway, along with knee-high books and big bauble earrings.
The media picked up on these more subdued colors, which were also seen outside the shows, as well as during them. The fashionistas at and around the shows reflected the looks shown by designers. UK’s Evening Standard noted “subdued hues and fanciful fabrics dominate the street style scene.”
Jean Paul Gaultier, yet another iconic French house, had a bold showing with capes, vests, and suit jackets paired with skirts. Again, greys and blacks opened the show. And many looks were paired with gloves.
Italian fashion house Valentino, on the other hand, is not one that’s known for subtly (thankfully). Pinks and whites lit up the Valentino runway, as models marched down the runway wearing brilliant bright colors, white boots, and beautiful red earrings. Models wore capes in all colors (pink, blue, white, black), yellow ribbons tied around the waist, and layers upon layers for the fall weather. One of the show mainstays was the capes, which called to mind either Little Red Riding Hood or Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, depending on the hue.
In keeping with Italian tradition, neighboring house Fendi also went for bold looks, which was on par with Italian styles. Incredible dresses constructed of flowers were seen in purples and reds, along with bright, multicolor coats, which were not cape-length like Valentino’s, though striking nonetheless.
There were also strong showings from Elie Saab, Armani, Maison Margiela, and many other designers. Viktor & Rolf had a memorable show, with models wearing vaguely creepy giant doll heads with wide eyes and blank stares. And over at the Giambattista Valli show, models wore gorgeous, ballerina-esque tutus, which is fitting, as some of the best ballet programming often occurs in fall and winter – so the seasonal pairing is appropriate.
Stars, as usual, flocked to Paris for the big week. Celine Dion even did her own fashion shoot for Vogue while she was in Paris for the shows.
So, as summer continues to soar by, as it always does, fall fashion awaits. And thanks to the nature of the industry, we already have a jump start on it. Expect to see lots of greys and blacks worn by the trendy among us come fall.