The world’s most skilled designers continue to present their latest masterpieces in a combination of both virtual and physical shows in Paris. Read on for more highlights from day two of haute couture week and check back for more updates.
Ronald Van der Kemp
Ronald Van der Kemp’s 35 pieces in this fall 2021 couture collection are rarer than ever. The Dutch designer known for being a sustainability advocate created the collection with used denim, felted textile trash, and recycled fabrics proving that sustainability can look modern and timeless.
“It’s also a sort of a metaphor of a clean slate from where to start anew after all we’ve been though,” said Alexandre Vauthier about his fall 2021 couture collection. The pieces unveiled, are sprinkled with crystals in a monochrome palette belonging in the dream closet of every woman. From feathered ponchos, embroidered black leather perfectos to sequined bodysuits and see-through pleated chiffon capes, Vauthier once again balanced dramatic access and sophisticated restraint.
Virginie Viard took us back to the 30s in Chanel’s fall 2021 haute couture collection. The pieces were characterized by a lightness of touch, inspired by impressionist artist Berthe Morisot and the Cubist Marie Laurencin. Bouffant skirts made from nothing else but tweed are married with delicate bustiers of pale pink embroidery or delicate lace in addition to Viard’s “little deshabilles” lingerie-like pieces. To end the collection on a high note, the bridal look personified by Margaret Qualley in soft pink satin worn with a dreamy sequined veil transported us to the era of Gabrielle Chanel.
Powerful, bold, and colorful, Armani Privé’s collection called Shine included all the colors of the rainbow; hints of red, blue, green, splashes of pink and purple. This year’s fall (which may look like spring to some) couture collection incorporated mercurial silk organza that moved effortlessly and fluid-like across the runway, as well as elegant and playful draped chiffon, and tulle dresses. The fresh, glowy pastel palette was seen throughout the show, from feathered jackets, to flowing silk gowns.