Amid the drama of Paris Haute Couture, some major eveningwear trends were spotted.
Florals formed the basis of several collections. At Elie Saab, the Lebanese designer was inspired by a photo of his
mother as a child in Beirut, wearing a tulip-print dress. The resulting motif appeared as intricate embroidery or painterly prints. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the runway into a lush tropical garden, with 3D flowers embellishing everything from hats to hemlines. A pretty trend with good hanger appeal, florals work for both eveningwear and formal daywear.
Jump to it
Alongside the frothy gowns and flirty party dresses that are a mainstay of couture, the trend for trousers provided a welcome interlude. While tuxedo suiting, as served up by Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandre Vauthier and Bouchra Jarrar, remains a key look, it is the rise of the jumpsuit that must be noted for next season.
Seen in a variety of interpretations over the course of the week, from striped and sequined at Dior to sleek and sexy at Atelier Versace, the jumpsuit looks set to be an interesting alternative to the traditional evening dress, particularly for the younger shopper.
A shade of red - marsala - has been named by Pantone as its colour of the year for 2015, and this was certainly reflected on the couture catwalks, where reds of every hue reigned supreme. Rich burgundy, which played a starring role in Valentino’s romantic, Russian-inspired collection, provides a sophisticated alternative to black, while scarlet is,as ever, a glamorous choice. Such a bold shade is a dramatic statement in itself, so look to temper its impact a little with simple silhouettes, such as this elegant column shape from Maison Margiela.
Ruffle some feathers
It wouldn’t be couture without embellishment, and this season it was all about feathers. At Giorgio Armani Privé, a powder-blue dress covered entirely in feathers would be too extreme for most women, but the playful feathered skirts as seen at Giambattista Valli and Alexis Mabille are sure to appeal to the younger, trend-conscious consumer. Pastel shades, shown by Elie Saab, are pretty for spring, while black offers an easy way to work the trend. Feathers can also be used to add a textural trim to hemlines and sleeves.