The Micro Macro team was lucky enough to visit many incredible shows this season at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris! We saw elegant, breathtaking, and intricate gowns on the runway. Here’s a recap of three of the most talked about shows this season:
Celia Kritharioti’s catwalk resembled a carousel! Models walked to circus music, acrobats swung from the ceiling in ostrich plumes, a man danced in an oversized tutu, and a huge string of pink polka-dotted balloons made its way across the runway. The balloons held up the veil to a voluminous pink and white ballgown. Celia Kritharioti, owner of Greece’s oldest fashion house, created a circus dream this season at Haute Couture Fashion Week.
This show was striking; colours ranged from bright yellows to deep blues. Such a mix of intricate, and elegant dresses created a diverse display on the catwalk. The handmade fringe pieces and the use of beads and stones were jaw-dropping and represented sophisticated showgirl looks. Kritharioti used materials such as silk taffeta, silk tulle, metallic organza, and delicate lace in the collection to create bold pieces. She maintained incredible detail and precision up close. Kritharioti was a costume maker for Greek National Opera ballets, and her theatrical influence is very visible in her SS19 Haute Couture Fashion Week collection.
Yulia Yanina created a stunning collection for Yanina Couture this season. This Russian fashion house designer created gowns that would fit in seamlessly on the Hollywood red carpet. With petal and feather inspired pieces and strong black and white contrast dresses, Yanina’s collection was very feminine and dramatic. The black and white dresses reminded us of Audrey Hepburn; very Parisian and chic!
The collection showed a lot of skin yet remained classy; with slits, short hems, low necklines, and transparent fabrics. The metallic dresses fit the Hollywood theme as if they were enticing the Paparazzi’s cameras. With sharp silhouettes that impressed, the dresses’ colours came together to form a coherent and powerful collection.
As a Japanese designer incorporating Japanese influence into Paris Haute Couture dresses, Yumi Katsura’s collection was very unconventional and innovative. It was one of the most impressive collections we viewed!
The traditional Kbi kimono belt in the dresses were very visible and it was wrapped around each dress in skilful, complex ways. Not only did the belt add to the Japanese authenticity, but the floral patterns and cherry blossoms remained consistent with the tradition.
Katsura specialises in a hand-painted dyeing technique which makes each textile more delicate and charming. The head nets add a greater couture aspect to the collection and bring out the colour of the dresses. The most striking aspect is the layering of different patterns and textures. Katsura combines stripes and florals, and layers them with ribbon and lace. Katsura meshes strong colours with subtle and fragile textiles perfectly. The neck pieces were a great addition to the collection as well, evoking drama and admiration.
Overall, we had an amazing experience at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and we can’t wait to see what these designers have in store for us next season!