Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Elsa Schiaparelli had a circle of women revolving around her. Inspiring and inspired, they were muses and often partners of great artists. Sometimes artists themselves, they helped shape the destiny of their lovers or protégés as much as they forged their own fate. Endlessly drawing on their inner strength, these women led enthralling, modern lives. Rebelling against conservatism and pushing social boundaries, this feminine society was about self-expression.

Challenging set ideas allows a breath of fresh air – like oxygen to renew yourself. A thrust of lightness crystalizes a style in motion. Calling on a sensuality merging intensity and freshness. A new femininity gives life to a strong yet delicate personality.

This season’s silhouettes seem to defy gravity. Their exquisite refinement exhales pure and subtle sophistication. The body is draped with infinite grace. Dresses that are seemingly deconstructed look like abstract compositions. Jackets with natural shoulder lines hint at Picasso while silk chiffon set in colour blocks evokes Rothko.

Trompe l’oeil belts, collars and bracelets pepper a graceful work with tension. Gowns are made of layered silk gauze embroidered with glass tubes, puzzles of cobweb-like lace, airy organza and tulle ruché. Velvet dévoré and pleated lamé tartan add nerve to an ethereal equation.

Prismatic light is rendered through transparency and the infinite reflections of Swarovski crystal, vinyl and iridescent embroideries. Opalescent soft hues contrast with splashes of black, white and shocking pink and jewellery shaped in padlocks, pierced hearts and suns.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018

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