PARIS — Extravagance and opulence, spiced with a dash of the exotic or the fantastical, marked the efforts of two out-of-town houses that helped end the fall haute couture week here.
Beirut-based Elie Saab seems to have his mind set on one thing — channeling the red-carpet glamour that the stars crave. After all, dressing such actresses as Halle Berry and Elizabeth Hurley has helped put him on the fashion map. For fall, he showed more of his familiar floaty, flimsy chiffon dresses, decorated with brilliant sequins, small coins or fringe. Slits sneaked high up the thigh, necklines plunged to the navel and see-through trains snaked in back. Slashed muslin trousers billowed open, while ornate embroidery shone on skimpy diaphanous tops. Saab may not be reinventing the wheel, but his exuberant style definitely has a place in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, Italian couturiers Antonio Grimaldi and Sylvio Giardina, known together as Grimaldi Giardina, presented their first couture show this season. The duo, who were inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” started with a richly embroidered top with tassels paired with short peach knickers. Black lace trousers featured cargo pockets, while statuesque white sequined evening gowns were loaded up with tulle.
When a model appeared in a blood-red dress with a heart embroidered at the bust, the show’s fairy-tale theme seemed to jell. But unfortunately, the collection itself — despite good individual pieces such as a peach cowl-necked gown with kimono sleeves — never did.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)