It’s not like anyone expected the Spring Couture 2015 shows to be boring. Or simple. Or under-stated. But something was definitely in the water in Paris this time. Designers went off the beaten path with looks that were just a bit, well, kooky!
Here are the 5 craziest (and coolest) looks from the Spring Couture 2015 shows.
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A picture is worth a thousand words, usually.
In a welcome twist, words, phrases and all manner of language were literally woven into the fabric of their typical long-sleeve gowns. While we always adore the Valentino look, it has become a bit expected and this graphical take on their ethereal beauty is both modern and jarring. Sometimes interpreted as pop-comic style quilt-inspired frocks and other times delicately woven in a romantic cursive script into red carpet worthy gowns, this juxtaposition of text and textile was utterly beguiling.
Living, breathing, moving Fashion.
Armani is always elegant. Always beautiful. Always sumptuous. Always consistent. Always edgy. Always… Wait, one of these things is not like the other. Edgy? Armani? During his Spring Couture 2015 show, yes. Perhaps this being the 10th anniversary of the Armani Privé collection has spurred Giorgio to step further out of the lovely box that he’s known for. One of the craziest things from 2015 Couture was his structural interpretation of Bamboo – in organza, in Swarovski tubes, in lace and fashioned into stoles, collars and tops that moved like colorful creatures. Beautiful yes. And a little creepy too. For Armani, we think a little creepy is actually a little perfect.
Lucy’s in the sky with Dior.
Raf Simons has been shaking things up at Dior since his arrival. When things should be fancy, he makes them casual and vice-versa. He’s re-interpreted iconic House shapes, brought innovation to the stiletto and made Dior as cool a label as it’s ever been. And his most recent Couture show was more of the same, so long as by same you read more different, hip things. Some of the craziest pieces were the psychedelic print jumpsuits that had us questioning whether that Tylenol we popped earlier was indeed something more exotic. This is what love children would wear if the sixties happened in 2015 and the counterculture wore designer.
As though she never left.
Since learning of the return of the (in)famous Schiaparelli label, we’ve been equal parts psyched and skeptical. Elsa Schiaparelli was so singular a woman and a designer that it’s hard to imagine how any new interpretation could ever live up to the real deal. But, impressively, with no head designer at the helm the Spring Couture 2015 show was a breath of fresh and familiar air. The patterned jumpsuits and architectural gowns are totally wacky, and totally wonderful. The team leaned into the classic essence of Schiaparelli by using shock and awe patterns in bold shapes and colors, just like Elsa made famous back in the ’30s and ’40s. While they lack the political overtones and fashion-as-art intention of the original namesake, the brand is getting closer and closer to modernizing the spirit of the woman herself.
Netter than ever.
We bet that if you polled 100 random people and asked them to name the brand most associated with the word “classic” they would say Chanel. Classic, elegant, traditional, ladies-who-lunch, etcetera. While it’s the quilted bags, oversized shades and tweed blazers that keep the registers ringing, it’s those same things that keep the general public from seeing the nut-job eccentricity that is head designer Karl Lagerfeld. The Couture shows are a great place to see that in full effect. While not totally in outer space this year, there were plenty of just barely discordant looks – bee-keeper net embellished beanies for one. Either a knitted cap OR a netted mask OR a floral adorned hat would’ve’ done the trick. But Karl saw fit to mash up all three effects into one pretty but super odd piece of headwear. Like many of Lagerfeld’s modern creations, we’re not sure if we love it or despise it. But, it’s Chanel so we’ll call it even.
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All images from style.com.