MFG Picks: The Most Wearable Takeaways From Paris Couture Week 2017
It’s that time of the year again when all your fairytale fashion fantasies come alive in the form of the lushest gowns and dresses that Parisian designers have to offer. Naturally, we’ve been busy browsing through the beautiful imagery and swooning! But the best part of it all was finding all the styles and trends that struck a chord with us because they were actually easy to translate and wear. Don’t believe us? Just have a look for yourself.
Usually strewn with heavy embroidery and plumes, couture clothes this season additionally offered a lavish spread of metallic wears in the form of high shine gleaming fabrics like rich brocades and sumptuous satin that made for a very rich and regal look. Right from the likes of Alexander Vauthier, to Guo Pei and Alberta Ferretti, glistening looks in jewel tones were de rigeur! We can see the trend translating well into wearability as we slowly transition into the festive season — after all, an extremely luxe look is easily achievable through metallics.
Necklines received a stylish update compared to the otherwise regular halter neck plunge style that screams sexy. Couture necklines were treated with shapely cuts that showed off the décolletage in a rather sophisticated way — Armani Privé’s collection breathed new life into the plunging neckline whereas Alexander Vauthier played with a sensuous deep plunge. Recreating these interesting shapes with a regular plunge cami isn’t that difficult, just layer on a vest or add a lacy balconette bralette and you’re good to go!
More than a chip on the shoulder
A trend that’s already hit the high-street received an emphasised makeover at couture shows sending a huge throwback to the eighties — think power shoulders but even better than the padding! Shoulders were exaggerated with a slight touch of androgyny and seeing a whole lot of one-shouldered silhouettes with statement sleeves sure made us happy. Just look to Alexander Vauthier, Atelier Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier for some inspiration.
Thrills for frills
If you’ve already had your fill of frills and ruffles, it might be wise to make some space for more because the haute couture designers haven’t lost their appetite for them as yet. Viktor & Rolf’s fierce doll-faced models were bedecked in all forms of ruffles and bows galore but with very punk undertones. Designer Guo Pei also showed some affinity to ruffles in a rather fashionable girly manner.
Another style that has proved much of it’s already trending staying power were the thigh-high slits. Double slits, draped slits, asymmetric slits — it was a very leggy couture season and we aren’t complaining! The Elie Saab gowns were sophisticated when it came to showing off the models gams whereas Ralph & Russo played it very risqué. Perhaps it’s best to stock up on those maxi slitted dresses after all!