Schiaparelli certainly took a walk on this wild side in Paris this morning, as the heritage Italian house sent its Fall 2018 collection down the Couture Week catwalk. The show, held at the grand Palais Garnier, marked the first time the label presented a collection outside the atelier which couturier Elsa Schiaparelli once called her apartment. Luxe leopard prints, rainbow faux furs, bejeweled velvets, and ultra-fluid silks all took their turn in the limelight but the real stars of the show, however, were the elaborate masks paraded out by a few select models. From feathered flamingos to gilded, winged lions, the surreal spectacle was lent an otherworldly edge by the intricate creations. The masks were the work of British milliner Stephen Jones, and offered a poetic, unexpectedly lavish twist that ensured the show will not be swiftly forgotten.
The collection, entitled “Animalia Fantasia”, was inspired by the maison’s founder and her “eclecticism”. “Daily elegant sobriety gives way to a nighttime sensuality imbued with opulence and fantasy,” the brand revealed at the show, summing up the Fall 2018 line. There were butterfly motifs, graphic prints encased in sleek silhouettes, masterfully tailored jackets, and almost liquid-like gowns, which will likely grace a red carpet or two in the very near future. Creative director Bertrand Guyon also enlisted an A-list cast of models for the display, including Winnie Harlow, Erin O’Connor, Alek Wek, Adriana Lima, and Jaime King, the latter trio of which walked for Miu Miu earlier in the week.