Maxine Simoens in his third season as Azzaro's creative director presented a studio 54 inspired disco look in his couture line. Grace Jones, Bianca Jagger, Cher and the whole party spirit and fun of that time got it's French flavored interpretation to these disco nostalgic.
Strong, Powerful and Sexy! For Couture Week in Paris Alexandre Vauthier presented a very Parisienne polished collection. His suits are sensational, the animal prints give vigor, the ruffles are gargantuan, and there are sequins in neon green and accentuated shoulders. The sleeves are enormous, round, ruffled or draped. There is constriction and structure, and play with shapes and forms. It is moving from polished sharp toward a wilder bloom. It is authoritative and playfully seductive.
Chanel's haute couture show brought the height of summer to snowy Paris. Lagerfeld tried to remake the gardens and spirit of that couture decadence he made flowers in feathers and hand-painted sequins, using even dry flowers dipped in resin, that were embroidered or applied to materials from airy organza, chiffon, and lace, to gleaming leather and the house signature hand-woven tweeds.The lean tailoring focused on a firm, angler shoulder line to the jackets and pencil-skirts that also exploded into kick pleats at the calf . That narrow silhouette was broken occasionally with a flurry or asymmetric ruffles, or loops of fabric or ostrich feather fronds, draped into panniers to suggest an 18th century silhouette a la Pompadour. Only Lagerfeld has the authority to suggest such silhouettes and attributes under the banner of haute couture and mark them extreme beauty.
The magic erupted with the vaporous Cosmic dresses in layers of translucent organza printed with colored clouds by New York based artist Kim Keever, which lent his surrealistic touch to each creation. Equally dramatic was a blue and white mini dress that resembled an alien flower blooming into life, something Bjork might wear.