It was a throwback and re-working of the 90s slip dress throughout the Fendi couture show, where Kim Jones crafted playful silhouettes in muted tones. A decadent affair, pairing gloves, and shawls made each look stand out from the rest. There was a light and romantic feel that Jones created for his couture collection. Backstage, he stated, “I wanted a floatiness. Elegant but youthful.” Sheers, embroidery, as well as silver sequins with subtle beige tones gave it an airy feel. A Bridgeton-friendly repertoire of looks with a nod to the 1930s all compounded this tasteful take on couture eveningwear.
A young designer is usually the most innovative in the room and for Robert Wun, this was certainly what he accomplished this couture season. With a visually stunning parade of supersized, avant-garde gowns, he used hats, feathers, and umbrellas to create shapes and silhouettes that stood out in bold colors. A little reminiscent of René Magritte these looks were surreal and a feast for the eyes. A true artist, Wun’s take on couture was inventive and imaginative.
Mugler showcased its Ready-to-Wear show during couture week and has been highly anticipated as the fashion house has not appeared on the runway in three years. Casey Cadwallader drove his talent home with a rendition of Mugler’s sharpest shapes and the message that fashion is glamour, a shutdown of a show combining models strutting alongside a moving camera, created an energy that felt exciting and refreshing. It felt true to today and some looks were constructed with a varied identity, the most obvious statement of this show was that fashion is fast-paced, glamorous, and diverse. The casting lineup of models was also a treat for the eyes, with Irina Shayk, Vogue Arabia’s former cover star, sashaying down the runway in high-octane opulence, alongside Shalom Harlow, Eva Herzigova, and Amber Valletta.
Moroccan designer Sara Chraïbi hails from Rabat where she was raised in a cultural and artistic environment. Chraibi’s SS23 Couture show featured authentic North African glamour. Structured fringing flowed from gowns, creating movement juxtaposing the rigid construction of each dress. Body jewelry was featured, using shell beads and gold to create an opulent and authentic feel, reminiscent of genuine Moroccan jewels, each piece crafted carefully. Sheer gloves were added creating a touch of allure alongside the dramatic long plaits and bold crimson lips, Chraibi did not disappoint in creating a collection that will be sure to be seen on the red carpet this award season.
Check out some more looks from Day 4 of Paris Couture Week below.
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