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Everything you have to know about Haute Couture week

As you probably already know, Haute Couture week is currently taking place in Paris and that until Thursday. Nevertheless, in view of the present context, all the houses present their collections to us in a digital way.

In this way, some designers have opted for a recorded fashion show or to follow live, others have chosen more original options such as a short film like Dior or a video going behind the scenes of the creation process at Schiaparelli.

We are revealing to you all the most important information to know about this special Haute Couture week. From Schiaparelli to Fendi, passing by the unmissable Chanel, Dior and Iris van Herpen and the new Charles de Vilmorin, here is what you should not miss.

1. Schiaparelli

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For his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2021 collection, Daniel Roseberry, artistic director at Schiaparelli, has thought big. This is his third collection for the brand and yet, seeing how he plays with its codes and heritage, one might think that he has always worked there.

This season, he says he wanted to break free from classic couture silhouettes by offering pants, a bomber jacket and even jeans. Nevertheless, the proposed silhouettes are always inspired from near or far by the looks invented by the great Elsa Schiaparelli.

Accessories such as the “brass padlock” minaudière, the “leather bust” tote bag and all the jewelry with gold details make this collection all the more surreal and opulent.


2. Iris van Herpen

© Vogue Runway

To present her new collection called “Roots of Rebirth”, Iris van Herpen opted for a fashion show broadcasted on Youtube. The inspiration behind the different looks comes from nature and more specifically, from the intricacy of fungi.

The Dutch designer wanted to evoke the interdependence between the terrestrial and the underground world through these silhouettes, each more spectacular than the others.

Once again, the creation of this collection required a symbiosis between artisanal craftsmanship and high technology using laser cutouts as well as 3D embroidery. The result is both bewitching and intriguing, plunging the viewer into a parallel world.


3. Dior

This Monday, January 25, Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her Haute Couture Spring / Summer 2021 collection to us in a short film, directed by Matteo Garrone. This unique film called “Le Château du Tarot” delves into the heritage of the house to take its inspiration, because it was well known that Christian Dior was fascinated by the arts of divination and the signs of fate.

Through this film, the spectator moves with this young girl in the different rooms of the castle where she meets each of the figures of the tarot and must take a decision.

Each character such as the High Priestess, the Devil, Justice, the Devil among others are dressed in iconic pieces revisited and highlighting all the know-how behind their creation.


4. Chanel

For its part, Chanel presented its couture collection through a fashion show filmed at the Grand Palais as the house usually does. The movie of the show was directed by the Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn.

This season, the Grand Palais has been transformed with arches of flowers to evoke the charm of a wedding in the south of France. Nevertheless, Virginie Viard has opted for a wedding in a rather bohemian style, which is why we can see wreaths of flowers on the heads of some models. Some outfits seem simple but all the beauty is in the detail because let’s not forget, it’s a couture show.


5. Fendi

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The moment that every fashion addict is waiting for will take place this Wednesday, January 27. The return of Fendi’s couture shows is taking place, and that with Kim Jones as artistic director for his very first collection for the brand.

It was in September 2020 that the news was announced: While Silvia Venturini Fendi will take care of the brand’s men’s collections, Kim Jones takes over from Karl Lagerfeld for the women’s ready-to-wear and haute couture collections.

This moment is all the more eagerly awaited, because it represents both the first “couture” but also “women” collection of Kim Jones who is currently at the head of Dior Homme and previously worked for the Louis Vuitton men’s collections.


6. Charles de Vilmorin

Charles de Vilmorin, one of the three new guest members of spring / summer 2021 haute couture, will present his first ever couture collection this Wednesday, January 27. His gender neutral brand has only been launched since April 2020 and yet its name is already on the lips of all fashion enthusiasts.

He stood out above all for his exuberant and colorful designs, offering a new, more fanciful vision of couture while keeping its fundamental codes. For his first show, the young designer will present a dozen of looks that are already shaping up to be more spectacular than each other.