Flowers, Frills and Fringe – Paris Couture Week AW 2016

Couture shows are magical, I think they are my favorite kinds of shows.  Watching designs from iconic fashion houses such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel is so inspiring!  I love seeing how their legacies live on!  In a world where fast fashion is what we all are shopping and wearing (and I happen to be a Zara lover I admit) it is so refreshing to watch these Parisian couture shows.

There was so much to see and I was and am so inspired, I did a lot of drawing! There’s so much more I’d love to draw but I had to stop somewhere- for now!  Until next time- scenes straight from my sketchbook!

pen and watercolor on paper inspired by Schiaparelli
pen and water color on paper inspired by Giambattisa Valli and Atelier Versace
Pen on Paper inspired by Elie Saab

 

Pen on Paper inspired by Chanel
Pen on Paper inspired by Chanel
 Pen on Paper inspired by Elie Saab
Pen on Paper inspired by Giambattista Valli
Pen and water color on paper inspired by Valentino
Pen on paper inspired by Valentino
Pen on paper inspired by Elie Saab
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Pen on Paper inspired by Atelier Versace
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Pen on Paper inspired by Giambattista Valli

It’s been a busy few weeks with the menswear shows, resort wear releases and the couture shows but I will try to wrap up couture week in the best way I can.

Couture doesn’t have to be stunning as Viktor & Rolf have proved again with their couture collection that is what I would call “hobo chic”. The amount of detail work is astounding- embroidered buttons, excessive frills and a cute tribute to cocoa cola rocked their show.  I’m not sure what the point was but it was creative and thought provoking.  I’d love to see the person that would wear one of those outfits!

Iris can Herpen is another ground breaking designer, creating her own textiles she has me in awe every season.  She is a breath of fresh air in the fashion world bringing something a little more experimental and out of the box to the runway.

Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Dolce and Gabbana told stories- with embroidered and printed images on some of their designs that looked like illustrations. Valentino took us on a romantic journey to Shakespearean times with their neck designs and Roman Catholic inspirations.

We can’t forget Elie Saab’s designs for children- children’s couture- how amazing is that?

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I started this blog with the summer 2016 couture shows and am so excited to be continuing on this journey!  There is so much more to come but for now Happy July!

xox~wagtd

 

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