From Karl Lagerfeld’s elegant tweed numbers to the embellishments of John Galliano’s whimsical Maison Margiela creations, Paris haute couture fashion week marked another high note in this season’s calendar with some major changes taking place.
Within this experimental times, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler decided to show their Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collections in Paris on the couture schedule for the first time. “By showing Spring 2018 on the couture schedule, two months ahead of their peers, they are the first collections of the season that buyers will bet on,” observes The Business of Fashion. “By presenting in Paris, they are also exposed to an entire new set of international buyers who don’t attend New York Fashion Week, and press who are less stressed by back-to-back appointments.” Vetements was the first to take this approach, in 2016. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has since relegated an entire day of couture week to ready-to-wear.
I’m usually talking about emerging or continuing trends during Fashion week, but I think that Couture is immune to the concept of trend. The one thing I did notice, was the casualness of the attendees. Jeans were spotted at the front-row of shows such as Chanel! In the context of the Couture week, which is the peak of luxury in the fashion world, the casualness of people’s outfits carries particular significance. The fashion world is changing and experimenting.
Couture is the most fashionable week within the fashion world and allows the viewers to get into a magical world. Fashion overall has morphed into a kind of reality TV gloss of showiness lately but, thank god, the more private world of couture still values discretion. Couture is not subtle, it is individual. The pieces shown are handmade with jaw-dropping skill by vastly knowledgeable teams, conceived with the most ambitious and artistic strains of imagination, and creating one of a kind pieces that take an extensive amount of hours to be finished. Couture is wow-factor embodied but without the intention of like counts. Over the years, what is shown has became more simple and less ornamented, but this doesn’t mean there’s any less work behind a dress. Couture is a paradigm where fashion will always be fashionable and it’s nearly impossible to produce in a commercial massive way. It is for the wearer. It is a one of a kind echanment.