The haute couture week which closed on July 4th was marked by a poignant return to rigour, restraint and dressmaking. Designers presented their Fall 2018/2019 collections with dreams of colour, vibrancy and refreshed sophistication exploding on the Parisian catwalks. Models from all over the globe flocked to the French capital to wear the stunning creations, including our very own MV Model Members.
From exclusive backstage moments, unique design inspirations and growing talent to watch on the catwalk, the Haute Couture shows from this season in Paris were something to remember…
1. Iconic hair moments with Valentino
In approaching this collection, Piccioli didn’t want to think about a theme, preferring, “to have a free approach with fabrics, embroideries, colours, etc. I wanted to go very instinctively.”
A couture dream is only as powerful as its realization on the runway.
Supermodel Kaia Gerber was amongst models to walk at Valentino’s latest couture show. Seven other models walked the Parisian runway wearing sky-high and ultra-thick hair crafted and shaped by the legendary hairstylist Guido Palau and colourist Josh Wood for Redken. Gerber took to Instagram Stories to thank Palau, writing « this hair moment was everything and more. » The dramatic hair was also a hit on social media, where runway hair trends don’t always make a splash unless they’re controversial.
2. Readers’ favourite look at Elie Saab
Model Village posted a variety of stunning looks on our social media from Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 18 collection to collect our community’s opinion on the various outfits.
The favourite look you’re voted for was the opening one worn by English model Megan Williams who is primarily known as the face for Guess since 2013 and is represented by Select Model Management and seen in the picture below.
Elie Saab‘s haute couture collection was born from the lasting impression of a journey through the artful city of Barcelona. The theme came through in a range of organic textures, patterns and embellishments on gowns, including raised veins of gold embroidery spreading across the fabric to create an illuminated effect.
Saab’s plays on architectural lines included a stronger shoulder with a more passionate palette of jewel tones, including strawberry and emerald, and divine dresses with ruffles. Saab took us on an opulent journey with Autumn/Winter 18 Couture and was every bit as dreamy as we hoped it would be.
3. MV Babe Silke shines at Ziad Nakad
Ziad Nakad is known for his designs which epitomise glamour and simplicity which was certainly seen during his latest couture collection.
The brand has several different lines to meet the needs of the modern woman and offers everything from a casual aesthetic to a more sophisticated prêt-à-porter collection, couture, haute couture and bridalwear.
It was an unforgettable magical day to be the bride and close the couture show! The dress was made of dreams!
Ziad’s quest for timeless beauty and elegance is endless and certainly projected a strong sense of sophistication to couture with Ziad securing his identity as a master of style which was entitled ‘Elevation.’
4. Adut Akech Bior made history at Chanel
“It is very Paris, it is very French,” Karl Lagerfeld said during a preview before his latest haute couture show which took place at the Grand Palais. Inspired from the streets of Paris, the setting of the catwalk incorporated a stretch of stone wall and sidewalk along the Quai de Conti, with the imposing dome of the Institut de France in the distance.
Lagerfeld’s genius continued this season, reflecting a refreshed and renewed approach whilst still maintaining the classic aspects of Chanel’s iconic ethos. Creating a wardrobe of wonders, Lagerfeld’s collection opened with scenes of a linear silhouette, including long jackets, skirts and suits embellished with crystal-bordered zippers down the length of various looks to reveal a distinctive zipper motif which was even carried into the evening gowns.
Each year, Karl Lagerfeld ends the Chanel Couture show by sending a model—hand selected by the creative director himself—down the runway in an unconventional wedding gown, along with the fashion house’s resident kid model, Hudson Kroenig. At this year’s Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2018, Sudanese model Adut Akech Bior made history as the second African model to close the Chanel Couture show, joining the likes of Chanel bride alumnis like Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Luna Bijl, and more.
As described by WWD:
« Once again, Lagerfeld succeeded in delivering the kind of fashion oxymoron at which he is so deft, and of which many designers can only dream: a look both instantly recognizable yet completely new. »
Model Village posted highlights from the Chanel Fall 2018 show during the event, presenting backstage moments directly sourced from the Grand Palais.
Our community of influencers voted for their favourite look which featured Italian model, Vittoria Ceretti as seen in the picture above. Vittoria is an international model who is most known for her work with Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Prada and other luxury brands and has successfully engaged her digital portfolio on Instagram with her loyal following of over 440K fans.
5. A celebration of French savoir-faire at Alexandre Vauthier
For his latest collection, Alexandre Vauthier’s homage took on a Rue Cambon flavour, with looks pairing black boater hats, tailored jackets, white shirts and black satin bows conjuring a young Inès de La Fressange. Alexandre Vauthier had created a private club-type setting through which model’s strutted wearing thickly belted tailleurs, slinky crystal-studded dresses, and pheasant-feathered frocks.
Among the most labour-intensive pieces, 1,850 hours of handiwork had gone into the vivid disco gowns embroidered with tiny crystals which lit up the room as the models walked down the catwalk. The craftsmanship — from the dramatic sprays of cock feathers used as shoulder accents or covering a dress, to the gowns in glittering embroidered tiger-striped motifs — was breathtakingly impressive.
Alexandre Vauthier backstage described it as:
A celebration of the savoir-faire of France’s métiers d’art and certainly made his mark to remember during this season.
An electric charge of colour, style and divine opulence was seen throughout this year at Haute Couture in Paris.
Couture brands continue to dedicate their lines to illude sophistication within their collections and make their mark during fashion week proving that iconic dressmaking and elegance are still very much part of the fashion world amongst the clear trend of street style taking over the past few fashion weeks.