Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Legendary Schiaparelli makes whimsical couture comeback in Paris  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) SIXTY YEARS after Elsa Schiaparelli’s last runway show, the fashion house on Monday made a highly-awaited comeback with an elegant collection studded with whimsy, in a nod to the Italian style legend

Italian designer Marco Zanini’s first haute couture collection prompted delight from designer Jean Paul Gaultier and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy for its wearability, while keeping a whiff of Schiaparelli’s eccentricity

Arriving guests trod a carpet in Schiaparelli’s signature shocking pink before passing through a bamboo cage surrounded by cherry blossoms like that which once graced the entrance to the designer’s Paris boutique

The designer, known fondly as Schiap, died in 1973. She had been among fashion’s most prominent figures between the two world wars and was seen as Coco Chanel’s biggest rival

A close friend of Salvador Dali, who famously painted the lobster on her 1937 Lobster Dress, she created many surrealist fashion pieces such as the shoe hat before her label closed down in 1954

Zanini’s Spring-Summer collection gave muted nods to Schiaparelli’s famed flights of fancy, with models sporting brightly colored hair, a blue fringe, pointed and twisting hats or a dip dyed bridal veil

The first model wore a long draping dress in Schiaparelli pink, blue and white with a hand-painted print called “the starry sky,” according to the designer

A masculine suit, with ruffled hem and a beaded striped silk T-shirt dress were both worn with flat, feathered crocodile sandals, adding a touch of “nonchalance,” according to the designer’s notes

Long evening dresses were paired with tailored jackets and high-waisted trousers with elbow-length white gloves in a collection which Zanini said mixed elegance and eccentricity

The designer, who previously worked for Rochas, took inspiration from “the materials and exclusive prints” used by Schiaparelli, working with Parisian embroiderers, plumassiers — who work with ornamental feathers — and glovemakers to realize the handmade couture items

“It is very beautiful and poetic, very modern... but also very wearable,” said Gaultier, who joined supermodel Elle Macpherson at the show, adding he was surprised by “unexpected” touches in the clothes

Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model, said the collection was “magnificent and also simple... it is completely wearable for the woman of today.

Haute couture exists only in Paris, where it is a legally protected appellation subject to strict criteria such as the amount of work carried out by hand, the limited number of pieces and the size of a house’s workforce



Christian Dior also unveiled its latest collection celebrating the intimate relationship between the woman and the designer that is at the root of haute couture

Creative Director Raf Simons used intricate cutwork and embroidery in a light and effortless collection with dresses, capes and tuxedo jackets dotted with small holes

Simons mostly stuck to a color palette of black, white, ivory and ink blue in his 53 creations which included loose-fitting dresses, varying from off-the-shoulder to strapless, some with plunging V-neckline

Calf-length dresses with billowing skirts were paired with sneakers in what Simons sees a “new insouciance.

He said he doesn’t want to “force a look” on women and that it is okay to take off your heels, pop on some comfortable shoes and go dancing

“Haute couture became something women were watching... as a spectacle the way you go to theater. It is not all about the red carpet.

“I also want to feel like you want to wear it... connect it more with the way of living.

American actress Allison Williams from the hugely popular series “Girls,” who joined other celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, said she particularly loved a series of “gorgeous” jumpsuits

The show took place in an all white room that resembled the inside of a cave, or igloo, in what the designer’s notes described as a Modernist “re-imagining of the intimacy of the female area of the salon.

Dior’s chief executive Sidney Toledano said Simons — in his fourth season for the house — and his modern take on the line had helped attract new clients

He told AFP that 2013 was “a record year” for Dior haute couture, with more and more clients coming from Asian countries such as China.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 22 2014 - MoI discusses setting up national strategic plan to fight drugsEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The Ministry of Interior, MoI, has discussed ways to establish the first national strategic plan to combat drugs. The discussion took place during a specialised ...

 Dec 22 2014 - GCC Secretary-General hails initiative of Saudi King on Qatar, Egypt reconciliationEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary-General, expressed satisfaction with the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Etihad Airways goes double daily to MelbourneEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Etihad Airways today announced plans for a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1st August 2015.The additional flight will be ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Dubai Municipality launches recycling initiative at Safa ParkEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Dubai Municipality has launched an initiative to encourage Safa Park visitors to exchange their recyclables, such as plastic and cans, in exchange for Union ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Ducab Aluminium begins construction of new facility in KizadEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ADPC, has announced that Ducab Aluminium Company has broken ground for its new aluminium rod and conductor facility at Kizad.After ...

 Dec 22 2014 - Kuwaiti Emiri Diwan mourns death of Sheikha Sabah Al-Nasser Al-SabahEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The Kuwaiti Emiri Diwan today mourned the death of Sheikha Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, spouse of His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.According ...

 Dec 22 2014 - OPEC daily basket price Friday 19th DecemberEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The price of OPEC's basket of twelve crudes stood at US$55.52 a barrel on Friday, compared with $56.30 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat ...

 Dec 22 2014 - World Islamic Travel Summit to debut in Abu DhabiEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  The World Islamic Travel Summit, WITS15, the largest showcase of Halal travel and tourism solutions, is to debut in Abu Dhabi next October.The pioneering ...

 Dec 22 2014 - DEWA sponsors first Emirati student to Lima Climate Change Conference in PeruEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  Bader Al Hammadi, an Emirati student and Carbon Ambassadors Programme member, has participated in the United Nations COP20 Climate Change conference in Lima, ...

 Dec 22 2014 - China tops Algeria's supplier list for second yearEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))  China has emerged as Algeria's largest supplier in the first 11 months of 2014, figures from customs showed on Sunday.China topped the list of the largest ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help